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This year South Korean band DAY6 has kept themselves busy. With monthly music releases and concerts, having time to squeeze in an overseas tour seems almost unfathomable. Nevertheless, the band began their DAY6 Live&Meet in North America 2017, making five stops in the United States and Canada. New York's historic Town Hall hosted the band's first solo show in the tri-state area and fans could not wait for the live show to begin.

The venue opened its doors to over a thousand excited MyDays and everyone quickly took their seats in anticipation for the night’s events. A little after 8 pm, the lights went out and the band took the stage. Fans were screaming as guitarist/vocalist Jae took the mic and yelled, “New York! Are you ready? Let’s get it then!” The opening notes of "I Wait" chimed and the stage was flooded in blue lights. The song started out whimsically and then began to pick up at the hook where the crowd repeatedly sang, “What chu doing” along with the band. As the chorus explodes into a more rock sound as fans shouted, “I wait” and waved their light sticks in the air. The energy remained high with the funky oldies rock sounding song “Hunt” as colorful graphics flashed on the screen. "I’m Serious” calmed things down a bit as the band showed off their sweet side as images of cityscapes and Ferris wheels flashed on the screen. The first half of the show finished off with “Man In a Movie,” a song off of their new album Sunrise.

The band took a break from playing music to start the fan meet part of the show. Each member introduced themselves and talked a bit about their Every DAY6 project that has been ongoing since the beginning of this year. As the band was chatting, the MC asked the boys to sing a song that comes to mind when they think of New York. Main vocalist/guitarist Sungjin sang a part of MNEK’s “Paradise” saying that, “This is paradise,” while drummer Dowoon shyly sang a part of their own song “My Day.” Each member then chose questions from fans to answer. The members talked about their musical inspirations and about their struggles with debuting. Bassist/vocalist YoungK told a funny story about gaining weight over the Korean Chuseok holiday, and how he was surprised to find he could no longer fit the pants he was wearing that night. After each member answered a question, the entire audience played a preference game where they had to match their choice with DAY6. After each question, if you were not able to match with the member, you would take a seat. The last people to remain standing won a prize. After the game, the band left the stage and a short video that showed the band’s stay in New York began to play. After the video finished, the band returned to the stage. Sungjin announced that they’re going to continue the rest of the show without any breaks because they "are a band and band means music.”

Since DAY6 is known for their songs about heartbreak, the set would not be complete without “You Were Beautiful.” The song beautifully showcases each members' vocals (sans Dowoon, who has no singing parts) all while delivering emotional lyrics. The band’s debut song “Congratulations” was next and was one of the more popular songs of the night. As soon as the opening drum beats sounded, the fans began to sing the first verse while the band listened. As part of the several fan projects that night, the audience raised their cellphones that had color filters on the flash to create a sea of pink lights that waved back and forth. After the song, each member talked about how they felt performing in New York City and thanked the fans for coming out to see them. Originally the band worried that no one would know them since it was their first time playing a solo show but they were pleasantly surprised that their fans proved them wrong. After a few more inspirational words the band continued on with the emotional ballad “Letting Go.”  Fanchants could be heard throughout the song, which is a pretty rare occurrence at overseas lives, adding a sense of unity among the fans and with the band. The last song of the set was DAY6’s new single "I Smile.” Although the song is about smiling through a broken heart, DAY6 manages to make the music sound uplifting. The dynamic song comes together beautifully with unique vocals and keyboardist/synthesizer/vocalist Wonpil’s electrifying solo. Fans raised up banners as apart of another fan project for the band and shouted another fan chant as the band finished up the show. 

DAY6 quickly left and returned to the stage for an encore, still riding on the energy from the previous song. The band and the audience began to clap in rhythm and “Dance Dance” began to play. With the high energy of the song, the band seemed to finally let loose and freely jam to the song. The final song was "Freely." Another high energy song, the audience was jumping and having a good time. Not wanting to feel left out, Jae put down his guitar and ran off the stage into the crowd. The fans went wild creating a party atmosphere that took over the entire venue, bringing an exciting end to the night.       

The Live&Meet ended on a great high note. The lighting and the sound complimented each other creating the perfect mood for each song. Overall the whole fan meet was full of fun and great music. Although instrumental bands aren't extremely popular in the K-Pop world, DAY6 have continued to prove themselves by writing amazing songs and reinventing their sound with every new release. As the year comes to a close and the band finishes wrapping up their Every DAY6 project, everyone will be in full anticipation to see what DAY6 has in store next.