• Karina Lee

BTS' UPCOMING KOREAN TOUR WILL HAVE EMPTY SEATS EVERYWHERE

BLAME COVID.

Jeon Yong Ki, a member of the National Assembly's Committee on Culture, Sports, and Tourism, recently revealed 'details on popular music concert approvals from September 2021.' According to the details, a total of 149 performances have been held since the implementation of the 'With COVID-19' policy, under which citizens will be able to resume normal lives following the COVID-19 pandemic. Various activities such as concerts have been permitted under 'With COVID-19,' but with restrictions on the number of spectators.


The concert with the most attendees will be BTS's 'Permission to Dance on Stage-Seoul' concert, which will take place at Seoul's Olympic Stadium on the 10th and 12th-13th of next month. The stadium holds approximately 66,000 spectators, but only 15,000 are permitted per performance, for a total of 45,000 spectators over the three days.


In comparison to previous BTS concerts in Korea, the scale has been significantly reduced. BTS amassed over 40,000 spectators for each concert date prior to COVID-19. However, COVID-19 allows for the use of only 15,000 seats or 22.9 percent of the 65,599 seats available in Jamsil Sports Complex's main stadium.


Although the attendance is only 15,000, it is believed to be the largest in Seoul since the outbreak of COVID-19.


The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism approved performances with a capacity of up to 4,000 people at 50% of capacity. The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism stated, "Because the BTS concert is an outdoor performance, we decided to relax the capacity limit." He added, "We approved the requirement that the number of quarantine management personnel be 5% of the total number of concertgoers. Additionally, we will conduct on-site inspections."


BTS ticketing will begin on the 3rd of next month. Competition for tickets is expected to be fierce, as admissions have decreased significantly this year.