By Lydia Ann Vasko
South Korean girl group 2NE1 thrilled close to 3,000 fans at a press conference at Square 2 mall in Novena this afternoon.
The screaming fans filled the mall’s three story atrium, shouting and waving to group members CL, Bom, Minzy, and Dara. The hip hop, dance pop group is on the Singapore leg of their 2NE1 World Tour, All Or Nothing, which includes stops in Taipei, Manila, and Kuala Lumpur.
The screams were so loud that media questions and the group’s responses, most of which came from lead singer CL and Dara, struggled to be heard during the 20 minute conference.
The group members said they were happy to be making their second visit to Singapore and thanked their fans for their warm welcome.
“Our fans in Singapore are really passionate, and were running after us last night at the airport. Thank you so much for your warm welcome. We love Singapore!” said Dara, who also thanked group member CL, who produced some of the songs on their latest album Crush.
“I am happy to have a new producer. We love her songs and she brings out the best in us,” she said.
Hundreds of fans had already formed a line outside the mall at 9am in the hopes of getting close to their favourite band, which will perform tonight at 7pm at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in front of about 7,500 people.
Ms Yi Ru, 16, was one of the early morning fans who had queued outside the mall since 9am. When the press conference started at 1.30pm, she had not had anything to eat nor taken a toilet break in order to hold her plum spot by the stage.
“It is worth it because I love them and I love all their songs. I cant wait to see them in concert,” she said.