BTS returned to the live stage on Saturday (October 14) in a bid to support South Korea’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo.
The K-pop superstar group – Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook – teamed up with Weverse to livestream the festival-style show at Busan Asiad Main Stadium in Busan, Korea from South.
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The massive concert, which was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. KST (5 a.m. ET), kicked off a little late as a sea of fans streamed into the venue. Those unable to score a ticket camped outside and braved the cold weather with blankets while watching live coverage from their phones and feeling the energy from inside the stadium.
Inside the venue, long queues formed for merchandise stalls and raffle events, while booths from Hyundai, Weverse and ARMY Membership drew attention outside the gates of the venue. stadium.
During the approximately two-hour broadcast, which drew around 55,000 viewers, BTS delivered a total of 20 songs, including popular tracks “Dynamite”, “Fire”, “Spring Day”, “Save ME” and “Yet to Come”. Towards the end of the concert, fans couldn’t sit down as BTS made their final remarks, especially when J-Hope spoke about the future of the group.
“I think we’re in a phase where we need your trust,” J-Hope told the crowd as he waved their glowsticks.
“Although it’s so sad that the concert is already over, it’s not like we only have today,” Jimin added. “We will continue for 30 years… and even play when we are 70.”
RM noted, “All seven members have the same thoughts. We will continue to make and play music if you give us your trust, as Jimin said.
As soon as the show ended, fans standing outside the stadium rushed inside the open doors to take photos of the venue. Some shouted as there was a general mix of excitement at seeing the concert grounds themselves. Many fans also stayed to take photos with large illuminated signs displayed on the pitch.
Busan is one of four cities vying to host the World Expo, a world’s fair proposed to take place in 2030. Other cities being considered are Rome; Odessa, Ukraine; and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Bureau International des Expositions will vote next year to decide the winning host country.
In July, BTS was named an honorary ambassador for Busan’s bid for the 2030 World Expo. The group was chosen “because they understand the importance of the World Expo and share the same values,” according to a statement. from BTS’ Big Hit label.
Additional reporting by David Da Yeol Lee in South Korea.