Stray Kids “Maniac” concert in Manila was a feast for the senses, much like a multi-course meal at a fine-dining restaurant. The level of attention to detail in every aspect of the performance was akin to the culinary mastery of a Michelin-starred chef.
Just as a fine dining experience is designed to be a multi-course journey that engages all the senses, the Stray Kids concert was a carefully crafted experience that engaged every aspect of the audience’s being. The intricate stage design, the expertly choreographed dance moves, and the raw emotion and power of the vocal performances all blended together to create an unforgettable experience.
With the opening flavor of ‘Maniac’, Stray Kids launched into the concert with a fierce energy that was like the first bite of a perfectly cooked entrée. The audience was immediately captivated by the explosive performance. The song’s driving beat and dynamic choreography were like the bold flavors and perfectly cooked textures of a culinary masterpiece, leaving the audience craving more.
After the first entrée, Stray Kids then spiked the night with a potent dose of ‘Venom’. The audience was also treated to an impressive visual display, as the stage design featured giant spider legs that added to the spectacle of the show.
The onset of the third track was accompanied by a vivid crimson hue that suffused the entire arena, heralding the start of the subsequent song ‘Red Lights‘. Following the stirring performance, each member of Stray Kids took turns introducing themselves, delighting fans by incorporating some Filipino words into their introductions.
Following their ment, Stray Kids treated the audience to lively performances of ‘Easy‘ and ‘All In‘. The crowd was fully immersed in the moment, cheering and applauding as the group then unleashed their electrifying hit ‘District 9‘, which had everyone on their feet. Building on this momentum, the band continued to thrill the audience with a powerful performance of ‘Back Door’.
Truth be told, it’s impossible to resist the irresistible charm of Stray Kids, especially when they hit the stage with ‘Charmer’.
But just when you thought the excitement couldn’t get any higher, Stray Kids takes you on a different journey with their song ‘Lonely St’. It’s like a palate cleanser, refreshing and preparing you for the next course of the meal. The smooth and soothing melody of “Lonely St.” gives you a moment of repose before the band once again takes you on a wild ride with their explosive energy of ‘Side Effects‘.
Stray Kids delivered a roaring performance of their chart-topping hits ‘Thunderous’ and ‘Domino,’ delivering a show-stopping spectacle that left the audience breathless. From the explosive beats to the high-energy dance routines, the group’s every move was a masterclass in precision and passion.
Stray Kids performance was like a perfectly crafted full-course meal, with each song building up to a grand finale. The audience was eagerly anticipating their hit song ‘God’s Menu,’ which undoubtedly lived up to its hype and was one of the highlights of the evening. As if that wasn’t enough, Stray Kids then served up another delicious dish with a full platter of ‘Cheese’. Followed by ‘YAYAYA’ and ‘Rock’.
Hyunjin dazzled the audience with his impeccable dance moves to the beat of “Play With Fire” before transitioning to the next part of the performance. Following that, Felix took the stage and performed a beautiful rendition of The Kid LAROI’s “Love Again.”
For the unit performances, each member brought their unique flavor to the table. Bang Chan, Lee Know, Seungmin, and I.N. returned to serenade the crowd with their soulful rendition of ‘Waiting for You’. Lee Know then took the mic and performed “This City” by Sam Fischer, captivating the audience with his powerful vocals. Seungmin also showcased his singing talent with a mesmerizing performance of “OMG” by NewJeans.
The unit performances continued with Felix, Changbin, Hyunjin, and Han taking the stage to perform ‘Muddy Water’. The performance was a complete opposite of “Waiting for You,” with a dark and intense energy.
After that, Stray Kids took the stage once again to perform their hit song ‘Case 143’. With the concert nearing its end, the group showed no signs of slowing down and continued to impress the audience with a series of hit songs including ‘Hellevator,’ ‘TOP,’ and ‘Victory Song‘.
The encore was like a decadent dessert. It left the audience feeling fully satisfied but craving more, much like a dessert that satisfies the sweet tooth but leaves a lingering desire for just one more bite.
Before the encore started, Stays and Stray Kids plated a series of games to unlock the encore stage. After the last challenge in which Stays need to scream, Stray Kids returned to stage with ‘FAM’. Following that, Stray Kids go higher as they performed ‘MIROH’ that make every one jump and vibe to the song.
Afterwards, each member of Stray Kids delivered their ending ment, expressing their gratitude. During his turn, Hyunjin said the phrases “Walang Uuwi,” and “Sobrang na-miss ko kayo!” while the audience of Stays greeted him with a happy birthday wish.
Stays are also successful as Stray Kids members read the banner “Narito kami and inyong tahanan.”
To conclude the first night, Stray Kids performed ‘Star Lost’ and ‘Haven’. The falling confetti added to the bittersweet feeling that lingered in the air as the concert came to an end.
The Stray Kids “Maniac” concert was an enthralling journey that captured the hearts and minds of their fans. The mesmerizing experience left an indelible mark that lingered long after the final notes faded away. It was like savoring a perfect meal at a world-renowned restaurant, where every taste, aroma, and texture created an unforgettable memory that stays with you forever. The concert was a true masterpiece that transcended the boundaries of music, leaving their fans in a state of wonder and enchantment for days and weeks to come.
Stray Kids ‘Maniac’ in Manila was presented by PULP Live World.