Fans Express Outrage Over Stage Mishaps MONSTA X Faced During iHeartRadio Festival: Here’s Why
Frustrated and disappointed are understatements when it comes to describing how Monbebes felt after MONSTA X experienced a series of mishaps on stage.
Monbebes have broken their silence after various things went wrong upon MONSTA X going up on stage for the recently-held iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.
After a couple of mishaps happening on stage which affected the septet’s performance during the American music festival, fans made sure to speak up about how outraged they felt – as well as how much they appreciated Shownu, Wonho, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Joohoney, and I.M’s way of handling the situation.
During “Shoot Out”, the septet had to run back on stage after the song was played all of a sudden – without even allowing them the time to get on their formation for the performance. The seven boys weren’t even able to properly perform the song’s signature intro due to the mishap, much to fans’ utter disappointment.
On top of that, the audio suddenly changed to “Play It Cool” in the middle of “Shoot Out” being played – only to be reverted back to the song immediately. Half of the group noticeably stopped for a moment while dancing due to the confusion brought by the sudden song change.
Besides MONSTA X, another artist on the festival’s performer lineup who reportedly faced technical issues as well was American singer-songwriter Marren Morris.
The members looked clearly upset over the happenings, but they still continued giving their best performance especially for their fans who took the time to watch them go on stage. The Monbebes who attended the event also did their best to cheer up the boys by giving their loudest screams and best responses to each and every performance that the septet prepared.
MX had to rush on the stage bc Shoot Out was already playing and Play It Cool played for a second, confusing them
Jooheon, Kihyun and Hyungwon surprised and stopped for a moment, Minhyuk smiled angrily & the look Changkyun threw at backstage.. he was so pissed
So frustrating😖 pic.twitter.com/CQnvghWCGe
— Sahael 🐋⋈ (@SahaelMxMbb) September 21, 2019
The Previous Little Fiasco
This upsetting mishap also came a day after they first went up on the iHeartRadio stage to join Steve Aoki for a performance of their collaboration track “Play It Cool” – where they ran into technical problems again.
During his rap verse, I.M’s microphone seemed to be turned off for the live stream where thousands of fans – not just of MONSTA X but also of other artists performing for the festival – were watching the show at. However, those who were part of the live audience at the festival’s venue assured everyone that I.M’s microphone worked fine during the performance – which provided a bit of relief, at the very least.
This bunch of mishaps had rightfully angered fans – who expressed their frustration and disappointment on social media. Knowing the efforts that MONSTA X always puts in to deliver only the best performances every time no matter what condition they are in, Monbebes took the incident as a low blow towards the group.
THEY DIDNT EVEN GIVE THEM TIME TO TAKE THEIR PLACE ON STAGE https://t.co/uA5wyyZHNg
— Tanya 🌱 (@BABESYOONGl) September 22, 2019
The fact that I didn’t get to see my favorite part ( the vibrations 😍) makes me so mad cuz that is the iconic part of the song. Do they not know anything??? https://t.co/vMnb1NVqzt
— 🌸 • 키키 • 🌸 ✨𝔐𝔬𝔫𝔰𝔱𝔞 𝔛 📀 𝓁𝑜𝓋𝑒 𝓊 💕✨ (@kyralovespanda1) September 22, 2019
They also shared their distaste over the unprofessionalism that the technical issues showed – especially for a big event like iHeartRadio Music Festival which should be well-prepared for their artists’ performances.
“Shooting before the artist is ready, mics not working, wrong song, etc. are the things that a big event shouldn’t let happen,” a fan commented , while another wrote, “iHeartRadio are seriously out here not communicating with MONSTA X and f****** up the audio, if this was done to a Western group, I bet every media outlet would be out there reporting this”.
“If we were to let this slide, they would get disrespected like this again and again,” another fan noted.
Im so mad i want to cry monsta x always working so hard and they always present us the best, they never show us how tired theyre on stage no matter how busy they are, they always making sure we're happy. Its not hard for being professional, for respecting them as performer since
— tim🍊 (@yookiihyun) September 22, 2019
the thing that pisses me off the most that even there was technical issues but it only happened during monsta x's turn, like everything is running smoothly and suddenly when the boys are in??? y'all can't function anymore?? monbebes should come together against this disrespect!!!
— Butter Chickyun (@RamenhaeMXMB) September 22, 2019
neither was mx's audio https://t.co/mgKGRLOPIq
— jay ☾ vote mx on aaa (@flywithlM) September 21, 2019
If changkyun gave me this stare, I would quit my job pic.twitter.com/H2TpnwWqGq
— Destin 🐢 (@hyuungwon94) September 21, 2019
Other than airing out their disappointment, Monbebes still made sure to assure the boys that their hard work, diligence, and professionalism are much appreciated no matter what.
to see all their upset faces after all the bs that the people behind this event did, but still giving the best performance and clearly giving out their best to the crowd esp to their fans, i have no words except that this proves how monsta x are professional artists https://t.co/RmUEvKd3vP
— ًcky ☽ (@KIHYUKDOTCOM) September 22, 2019
Yes so many bad things happened today but at the end I'm beyond proud how Monsta X carried themselves and look at the crowd going insane!!! They did their best to support Monsta X and the boys pulled up a great show! CHEER UP Y'ALL WE DID WELL 😁😁💕💕♥️♥️ https://t.co/pth9mRNORa
— Butter Chickyun (@RamenhaeMXMB) September 22, 2019
@OfficialMonstaX Changkyun, I just wanna let you know that we are so proud of you. You do most of the talking, you also handle the interviews and any messy situation well. You guys are doing amazing and I’m so proud of everything. Thank you so much. I love you.
— ☽ 𝓆𝒾𝒿𝒶𝑒 (@booqijae) September 22, 2019
A Little More Background
Earlier in the year, iHeartRadio came under fire as well for the unprofessional and xenophobic treatment that another K-Pop group, TXT, faced during their Wango Tango event. Although the group did not face technical difficulties, they were thrown very disrespectful comments by photographers on the red carpet, including being asked to “pose like they’re Asian”.
Despite posing an apology, the station still received the ire of fans due to the insincerity and poor wording that their statement gave off.