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K-pop stars TOMORROW X TOGETHER flourish in their third world tour, Act: Promise

Julia Brossia
Since TOMORROW X TOGETHER’s debut in early 2019, the five Korean pop idols have risen to fame in a number of countries as they continue to release hit albums paired with their meaningful lyricism and stunning choreography. On their third world tour, Act: Promise, the group has continued to further prove their success with each concert.

On May 3, 2024, Gen-Z Korean pop stars TOMORROW X TOGETHER (TXT) embarked on their third world tour, entitled Act: Promise, set to perform in three countries: South Korea, the United States and Japan. Following the release of their newest Extended Play (EP) “minisode 3: TOMORROW,” the group had a plethora of new songs to introduce to fans worldwide through their captivating performances. From Tacoma, Wash. to Washington, D.C., the five group members — Soobin, Yeonjun, Beomgyu, Taehyun and Huening Kai — left their mark on the United States during that leg of the tour.

The five members, Soobin, Huening Kai, Beomgyu, Yeonjun and Taehyun, light up the stage as many excited fans sing and dance along to their favorite songs. (Julia Brossia)

Following their two previous world tours, Act: Lovesick in 2022 and Act: Sweet Mirage in 2023, TXT has had two new releases leading up to this tour: “The Name Chapter: FREEFALL” and “minisode 3: TOMORROW.” As the group has become increasingly successful over the last year, winning a variety of awards for their new songs and performances, anticipation soared high for this tour as it featured many new songs and choreographies. 

As thousands of fans gathered in the stadium, many of whom follow the dress code of light blue and white clothing, excited cheers could be heard as TXT’s music videos began to appear on the big screen. As attendees settled into their seats, the lights of thousands of Moabongs, the group’s official lightstick named for the fanbase, MOA, could be seen changing color according to its position in the venue, causing beautiful patterns of color to be seen among the crowd. 

The tour’s setlist consists of 25 songs in addition to four songs as part of the encore. These songs are derived from each of their albums and EPs, ranging from their debut album in 2019 to their most recent releases. Featuring their newest title tracks, such as “Deja Vu” and “Chasing That Feeling,” as well as older, more nostalgic melodies like “9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)” and “PUMA.” The setlist covered five years of discography, ranging from upbeat pop songs to melancholy ballads. The set also includes a number of VCRs, or pre-recorded videos, played during breaks that add to the concept and lore backing TXT’s discography.

As the group performed the wide variety of songs included in the concert, stunning visuals captivated the crowd, including intense yet beautiful choreography and a lineup of different costumes to match the concepts of the songs being performed. The group even played into their heritage as South Korean artists, performing a traditional remix of their song “Sugar Rush Ride” with traditional Korean instruments such as the gayageum while wearing traditional Korean clothing, hanbok.

As the group performs one of their slow ballads titleed “Trust Fund Baby” from their EP “minisode 2: Thursday’s Child”, the dim and monochrome lighting adds to the somber ambiance as fans sing along to the tune. (Julia Brossia)

As the set concluded, the members said their goodbyes and left the stage in a timely manner. However, this is not to be trusted, as they often return with an encore of multiple songs at each concert. This encore includes songs “Magic Island” and “Miracle,” both of which allude to the loving relationship between the group and their fanbase, MOA. Then, the group sayid their final goodbyes, giving heartfelt speeches about their love for fans. This is followed by a final performance of “Cat & Dog,” a well-known upbeat anthem, and “MOA Diary (Dubaddu Wari Wari),” a song that is essentially a love letter to the group’s fans. The five members then say their farewell as they leave the stage, and the concert concludes. 

The U.S. leg of Act: Promise has demonstrated TXT’s massive success in the Western world, only growing more and more popular each year with their respective tours. Thousands of fans have attended each concert throughout the country and the group has gathered more support as time goes on. The U.S. leg of the tour ended on June 8, 2024, in Washington, D.C., giving the group a short time to rest before they continue to entertain in the Japan leg of the tour, beginning on July 10, 2024, in Tokyo, Japan. 

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Julia Brossia
Julia Brossia, Writer
Second-year writer, Swiftie and opossum lover.

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