BTS announces a return to live concerts

The Korean boy band has announced its return to the stage, delighting fans around the world. BTS will launch their “Permission to Dance” concerts in Los Angeles in November.

Like many artists, world-famous pop group BTS hasn’t performed live for over a year. But this week, the Korean boy band announced their return to the stage, delighting fans around the world. BTS will launch their “Permission to Dance” concerts in Los Angeles in November.

The group posted a video on YouTube on Monday, where members RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V and Jung Kook shared the announcement with their fans, known as “BTS Army.”

The group said they were “looking forward” to revealing concert dates, November 27 and 28, as well as December 1 and 2 at SoFi Stadium in LA.

The group was due to embark on their “Map of the Soul” tour in 2020, performing in 38 concerts in Asia, North America and Europe, starting in April 2020. Due to the pandemic, this tour was postponed to 2021 and canceled last month. , according to Entertainment Tonight.

“Our company has been working hard to resume preparations for the BTS MAP OF THE SOUL TOUR knowing that all fans have been looking forward to the tour for a long time,” Big Hit, the company that runs BTS, said in a statement in August. . “However, due to changing circumstances beyond our control, it has become difficult to resume performances on the same scale and on the same schedule as planned. Therefore, we must announce the cancellation of the BTS Map of The Soul Tour.

Travel from South Korea, where the group is from, is not restricted by the United States but is at level two – meaning people traveling from the country must quarantine for 14 days after their departure. arrival in the United States. And as of this week, the Los Angels positivity rate is only 1.1% and proof of vaccination is required in many settings, according to the LA County Public Health Department.

The SoFi stadium now hosts several events, some with “health checks”, including the Rolling Stones in October. The organizers of these events require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test to attend.

Some of the NFL games in stadiums require health checks, but not all. And it’s not yet clear whether BTS concerts will need it.

BTS are one of the few groups to hope to perform live shows, while many others have to cancel dates as the pandemic rages on. Last week, Dave Matthews Band canceled concerts in Durant, Oklahoma, scheduled for October. “Unfortunately, it was not possible to implement the group’s Covid-19 policies in this location,” the group’s website read.

The group Dispatch also announced this month that its entire indoor tour has been canceled “given the current state of COVID-19.”

Stevie Nicks also announced last month that she was canceling her remaining 2021 performance dates due to COVID-19. The singer was scheduled to perform at several festivals, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which has been postponed.

Bonnaroo, a Tennessee music festival slated for September, was canceled last month, just days before artists like Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Tyler, The Creator and Lana Del Rey performed.

Corina C. Butler

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