SEOUL, November 26 (Hfrance.fr) - When K-Pop sensation BTS announced that their first in-person concerts since the pandemic began would be in the United States, Kim Ji-eun immediately booked a flight and hotel, praying for the rules COVID allows him to attend all four shows.
Permissive entry rules have so far prevailed in the two southern La Korea and the United States, allowing Kim and other die-hard BTS fans, fully vaccinated, to see their idols in person for the first time since 2019, when they completed their last tour of America. from North, Europe and Asia.
The seven-member group will hold four "Permission to Dance on Stage " concerts at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles November 27-28 and December 1- 2.
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" This is an evhistoric event, "Kim said before leaving Seoul on Thursday. " I am so happy and excited to meet BTS and other fans, and to share our energy and hearts in the hope of bringing an end to pandemic. "
A 40-year-old mother and YouTube content creator, Kim said she and her friend need to engage in a "night-time click war " to get their concert tickets.
While waiting for her flight at Incheon International Airport, Kim had a bag full of fan staples such as BTS-branded glow sticks and snacks, as well as pandemic-era necessities such as its vaccination certificate and COVID-19 self-test kit.
Since their debut in 2013, BTS has spearheaded a worldwide K-Pop craze with upbeat music and dancing and catchy, as well as lyrics andsocial campaigns aimed at empowering young people.
The group won the top artist of the year award at American music A war ds for the first time on Sunday , and best pop song for their summer hit "Butter, " among other accolades.
As the pandemic went on propagated last year, the group postponed and then canceled what was supposed to be his biggest international tour involving almost 40 concerts. Instead, he hosted shows online.
Having the new shows in the United States - which continues to have a COVID outbreak -19 much larger than South Korea but has fewer rules on gatherings - leavethere are some fans who can't make the international trip feel left out.
"I was so happy to hear about the concerts, but It's a shame for me not to be able to go, especially since I had just become a fan right after the pandemic started, "said Emily Seo, a Seoul resident who said that because of her job and her young baby, she couldn't. don 't risk testing positive for the virus and needing to be quarantined.
Some fans have lamented on online communities that BTS doesn ' t run. chose not to kick off the tour at home, while others say they are now global superstars who are no longer bound by a commitment to local fans first and foremost.
The management of the group, Bit Hit Music, did not respond to a request from like nt on its choice of concert venues, but hassaid the decision reflected national and regional health regulations and other conditions. learn more
"It's awesome BTS is getting worldwide attention and making a big name for itself, but I have to admit I'm sad about a other side because it means less chance for me to see them here "said Seo.
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