Coronavirus: South Korea K-pop stars BTS cancel Seoul October gig due to COVID-19
K-pop boyband BTS cancelled on Friday a concert set for October in the South Korean capital of Seoul as authorities battle a stream of new coronavirus infections, imposing tougher curbs ahead of a surge in travel during a key autumn holiday.
This month, BTS became the first Korean pop act to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts in the United States, with “Dynamite”, its first single entirely in English.
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The group's first concert since the outbreak had been scheduled for Oct. 10 and 11, to be attended by a limited audience observing social distancing norms, its music label, Big Hit Entertainment, said.
[#오늘의방탄] UNICEF with #BTS 💜💙#BTSLoveMyself #ENDviolence #UNGA75 #BTSxUnitedNations pic.twitter.com/etjDyVnAa4— BTS_official (@bts_bighit) September 23, 2020
Now it is to be livestreamed on the Internet instead.
“We have been planning the in-person component of our concert in order to try to create an opportunity for our artists and fans to meet, despite the challenges created by COVID-19,” Big Hit said in a statement.
“We would like to apologise to all fans who have been looking forward to an in-person concert.”
Officials flagged the risks of new infection clusters as they ordered tighter restrictions for the weeks of the Chuseok holiday that starts on Monday, when people traditionally re-unite with families.
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The group of seven is at the forefront of South Korean pop music, winning converts to K-pop worldwide since its 2013 debut.
Its tour of more than 20 concerts through Asia, Europe and the United States was cancelled because of the virus but 756,000 fans paid to watch an online event in June.
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