BTS Will Put on an Online and Offline Concert Called ‘Map of the Soul ON:E’
Things are looking up for BTS fans. On Oct. 10 and Oct. 11, BTS will hold a concert called “Map of the Soul ON:E” in Seoul. Fans will be able to purchase a limited number of in-person tickets that follow social distancing guidelines, and “Map of the Soul ON:E” will also be streamed online simultaneously.
BTS’s ‘Map of the Soul ON:E’ will be in-person and online
On the fan platform Weverse and BTS’s social media channels, Big Hit Entertainment revealed that BTS will put on a concert this October. The concert is called “MAP OF THE SOUL ON:E,” and according to a press release from Big Hit Entertainment it “signifies a ONE and only ‘ONline Edition’ concert.”
BTS will perform the concert in Seoul on Oct. 10 and Oct. 11. A small number of fans will be able to purchase tickets to attend the event, but the in-person audience size will be limited to abide by government-mandated concert seat distancing measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
For fans who do not secure tickets to the offline show, the concert will be streamed online simultaneously. Information about ticket sales and online streaming will be available at a later time.
BTS put on a virtual concert this year
While a few lucky fans will be able to attend “Map of the Soul ON:E” in person, fans watching the online stream will have nothing to worry about. BTS has already performed a virtual concert this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, and it proved to be a great success.
On June 14, BTS held “Bang Bang Con The Live,” a virtual concert. With 756,600 concurrent viewers, “Bang Bang Con The Live” set a record for the biggest global audience to attend a paid virtual concert. The band also earned the Guinness World Record for the most-viewed concert livestream of all time.
For “Bang Bang Con The Live,” BTS performed their older songs “DOPE,” “Boyz with Fun,” “Like,” and “Just One Day.” The members then performed their sub-unit songs from Map of the Soul: 7, “Jamais Vu,” “Respect,” and “Friends,” as well as shortened versions of “UGH!” and “00:00.”
While BTS’s Map of the Soul Tour is postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus, the group gave fans a sneak peek of the tour with a performance of “Black Swan” and a new remix of “Boy With Luv” that featured updated choreography with umbrellas.
From their Love Yourself era, the K-pop group performed “Go Go” and “Anpanman.” They closed the virtual concert with their fan-favorite song, “Spring Day.”
The concert is giving fans something to look forward to
While a virtual concert is not the same as a stadium show, “Bang Bang Con The Live” still managed to give ARMY a positive experience. The BTS members’ talent was apparent, and their sincerity pushed past any distance created by screens.
In addition to an upcoming album release, fans can now look forward to another BTS concert. It seems “Map of the Soul ON:E” will give fans the best of both worlds with offline and online viewing