Dreaming big has served GOT7 well. Two years ago, the K-pop boy band held the New York stop of their Fly tour at Times Square’s Playstation Theater. At the time, member Yugyeom told Billboard that it felt “like a dream.” But on Wednesday night, the group made history as the first K-pop group to perform at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. An immense glow-up that took them from a venue that fits 2,100 people to one that holds 19,000, the final, sold-out Stateside stop on their world tour served as an homage to the bond between the act and their fans.
Known as iGOT7 or Ahgase -- a homophone-like variant that means “baby bird” in Korean -- thousands of the act’s fans spent the two-and-a-half hour set singing, dancing, and waving bird-shaped lime-colored light-sticks along to the group’s performance. With two years of experience under their belt since their last New York-area performance, GOT7 proved that they had grown into their artistry as the trio of rappers (Jackson, Mark and BamBam) and four vocalists (Youngjae, JB, Jinyoung and Yugyeom) delivered dynamic, crisp renditions of their dance tracks and sweet ballads.
While it was touted as the Eyes on You album tour, the setlist seemed less focused on the March-released EP and more about the journey the artists and fans have taken over the past four years of their career, leading them to this historic night. The septet’s singles, both old and new, had their fair share of airtime, nestled between opener “Hard Carry” and penultimate song “Fly,” but the focus was primarily on the relationship between the seven and the crowd, as expressed by their song choices. They welcomed fans into the experience with an early performance of “My Home,” said “Thank You” through the Jinyoung-penned lyrics of the Eyes track, and ended things with the promise of continuing to go on their path “from the bottom to the top” in the anthemic finale performance of “Go Higher.”