BTS’ Busan concert venue changed over safety concerns

BTS’ Busan concert venue changed over safety concerns

Seoul: K-pop favourites BTS’ upcoming concert in Busan has been changed to Asiad Main Stadium, the band’s agency HYBE said Friday.

Earlier the septet’s planned one-day free concert on October 15 was to be at a makeshift stage in Gijang, northeastern Busan. It is to support the city’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo.

The “Yet To Come in Busan” concert at Gijang was expected to accommodate 100,000 spectators, Yonhap said.

Now the change of the main concert venue will limit seating capacity. The size of the concert will likely be scaled down, Yonhap said.

Big Hit said it will provide more details of the event later.

The plan was changed as it drew concerns about safety of the artists and fans as the venue is far away from the city center and not easily accessible through public transportation.

“We changed the venue to provide a more pleasant and smooth viewing experience with the accessibility and convenience of the audience as our top priority while keeping the purpose of the concert unhurt,” HYBE said in a release.

As ambassadors for the Busan World Expo 2030, BTS sees it as a chance to globally promote the city of Busan and the Korean culture.

The show will be shown simultaneously on a large screen at an outdoor parking lot of the Busan Port International Passenger Terminal with a capacity of around 10,000 people, as well as through online livestreaming.

The show has drawn high anticipation from fans as it will be the first BTS concert in South Korea since March, when the group staged the “Permission to Dance on Stage” show in Seoul.

UNI

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