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Published on August 23rd, 2014 | by myownmonsters

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Kang Gary & Jung In at NTU Fest 2014: Delivering a smashing finale for a good cause






Kang Gary is no stranger to Singapore having already made multiple stops on our sunny island both as a member of Running Man and Leessang. This time he was joined by soulful singer, Jung In, to perform for a good cause at the inaugural NTU Fest on August 16 at the Padang.

The one-day extravaganza, organised by NTU students as a highlight of the school’s Freshman Welcome Week, included a 4.8km charity run, a carnival and a free concert. It was also an opportunity to provide financial assistance to needy ITE students. Proceeds from the run and carnival would go towards the Institute of Technical Education Endowment Fund.

The Korean duo were amongst local celebrities in the concert line-up. Audiences were treated to a series of performances put up by bands The Huckleberry Friends and District 12, the finalists of Project Superstar, Final 1 champion Farisha Ishak, actor Desmond Tan as well as the cast of Mata Mata Season 2.

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But no prizes for guessing who the majority of the crowd turned up for – the significantly amplified cheers when Jung In took to the stage to sing was an indication that the closing performers were about to push the atmosphere to its peak.

Jung In kicked the party off with a beautiful rendition of John Legend‘s ‘All of Me’. Her notable vocals are worth mentioning for its distinct raspiness isn’t commonly heard in K-pop. The tiny-framed singer came off a little shy when addressing the audience to express her gratitude for being invited to perform at the event, but we can’t blame her for that seeing as it was her first time in Singapore. In spite of that, fans of Leessang should be familiar with the songstress for her collaborations with the duo that date back to 2002.

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She continued to demonstrate her vocal prowess with a second solo song, ‘Love Is…’, but it was evident that the fans were still holding onto their breaths as they eagerly await Gary’s appearance until Jung In started ‘Song of Drunken Night’, the cue for the rapper to make his way on stage. They continued to raise the energy level with ‘Hard To Be Humble’ where Gary made sure to show love to his fans on both sides of the stage by making mischief and splashing water all over them. Alas, the party was now truly in full swing.

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It would be very unlike the charismatic Gary we’ve all come to adore to not make any laughter-inducing comments. This time he proudly claimed that he’s learnt a new Singaporean word and went “NTU Singapore, shiok (Singlish term for great)” much to the amusement of the fans. Aware that he was performing for charity, Gary revealed how honoured he felt to be a part of the NTU Fest and was more than ready to have fun during his stint with Jung In.

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The pair proceeded with the catchy ‘The Girl Who Can’t Break Up, The Boy Who Can’t Leave’ and their latest release, ‘Your Scent’ before Gary announced that the show was coming to an end in a rather humorous exchange with his fans:

Gary: “This is last song.”

*Fans let out cries of disappointment*

Gary: “I have encore song.”

Ah, gotta love this man.

True to his words, he reappeared on stage once again after a swift break to deliver two encore songs, his solo ‘For Me The Answer Is You’ and ‘Rush’ rejoined by Jung In. Towards the end of the song, Lyon the NTU mascot stealthily appeared on stage to gift them each with a mini soft toy version of himself. And of course, no finale is ever complete without the necessary pyrotechnics and confetti to finish things off on a high note.

Dinoseoul would like to thank NTU Fest for the media invitation. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for more pictures!

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