LOONA’s Kim Lip left the stage mid-concert during their Chicago tour stop after fans repeatedly interrupted her with fan chants for member Vivi as she tried to give a speech.
In videos posted on social media, concertgoers of the “LOONATHEWORLDTOUR” captured a scene where the 12-member girl group took turns speaking between one of their songs. Vocalist Kim Lip, who was supposed to speak after Vivi, was interrupted by fan chants for her fellow group member.
kim lip deserves better…vivi even tried to tell y’all and people kept chanting after :/ pic.twitter.com/jbeqEGCIVi
— ᜉᜄ᜔ is seeing LOONA and Sunmi (@jacalaunan) August 12, 2022
Vivi tried to quell the audience by pointing out that it was Kim Lip’s turn to speak as Kim Lip pleaded with the crowd, saying, “Guys, please.” Some netizens and attendees claim the singer was holding back tears as she left the stage shortly after the incident.
— pannatic (@pannatic) August 13, 2022
i know i sound so dramatic but i was literally in front of kim lip. i saw her turn frustrated, i saw her face turn red bc there were tears forming in her eyes. seeing the members console her as they got into place. it broke my heart seeing her down. i can’t
— LU MET YVES AND GOWON!!!! (@kimlipsglock) August 12, 2022
After the “Eclipse” soloist did not return for the next three songs, LOONA leader HaSeul informed the audience that she would be absent for the remainder of the concert.
“Unfortunately, KimLip isn’t feeling too well, so I feel like it’s going to be hard for her to join the next stages,” HaSeul said with a translator.
HaSeul continued to explain that the volume of the fans made it challenging for the artists to hear themselves speaking, “So when we talk, we would really, really appreciate it if you guys lowered your cheers just a little bit,” she implored.
— !u 🌌 MOSHED in CHI (@primordialsmoke) August 12, 2022
Tour promoters MyMusicTaste then took to Twitter to announce Kim Lip would not be participating in the meet-and-greet event happening later that day.
<IMPORTANT NOTICE📢> [LOONATHEWORLD] Meet & Greet Event in Chicago#Orbit, please read the full announcement on Kim Lip’s participation in the Meet & Greet Event in Chicago.
Thank you for your understanding. pic.twitter.com/TGcCPX9LzL
— MyMusicTaste (@_mymusictaste) August 12, 2022
After the concert, member Heejin took to the artist-to-fan app Fab to tell fans to try and be more respectful for the future tour stops. Neither LOONA’s label BlockBerryCreative nor Kim Lip have addressed the incident, but the singer was present and performed at the Louisville stop on Aug. 13.
The fact that Heejin had to log onto fab to tell orbits to be respectful is just wow… and not only Heejin, Haseul as well had to lecture them at the Chicago concert not to talk over the members when they’re trying to speak… ORBITS DO BETTER!!! pic.twitter.com/90dYlitUSC
— IG: scycutie_ (@luvly__chae) August 12, 2022
They will take a slight detour from the remainder of their tour to perform at KCON LA 2022 next week. Joining the girl group will be artists such as as ATEEZ, CRAVITY, ENHYPEN, ITZY, Kep1er, LIGHTSUM, NMIXX, P1Harmony, STAYC, Stray Kids, TO1, THE BOYZ and “Queendom” Season 2 winner WJSN.
In September, LOONA will travel to Europe for the conclusion of their world tour.
Feature Image via: Blockberry Creative