Concert Review: BTS Builds Their Own Galaxy With Love Yourself: Speak Yourself [The Final]

“ARMY’s are the stars embroidered across the BTS galaxy.”

This was BTS’s message to their fans on Oct. 29, 2019 during their last concert of Love Yourself: Speak Yourself [The Final]. With the concert, BTS bid farewell to their Love Yourself era. At its heart, the concert focused on the relationship between BTS and ARMY.

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BTS is a force to be reckoned with

With Love Yourself: Speak Yourself [The Final], BTS turned their already successful tour up a notch. In Seoul, the group performed with a seemingly comfortable ease. The members also wore different outfits, changed the setlist, and increased the special effects compared to previous shows from the tour. Even though the concert was a goodbye, the VCRs in between songs and ending ments from the members hinted at a new era for BTS.

The group’s evolution was showcased during the medley consisting of BTS’s older hits, “Dope,” “Baepsae,” and “Fire.” Instead of performing “Idol” at the end of the medley, BTS performed “Run,” the lead single from their 2015 EP, The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 2. While performing songs from their past, the group overflowed with charisma and stage presence, a combination of their natural talent and years of experience.

When RM, Suga, and J-Hope performed “Outro: Tear” towards the end of the night, the entire border of the extended stage lit on fire. The members rapped while surrounded by flames, and were later joined by the vocalists of BTS to perform “Mic Drop.” While BTS has performed “Mic Drop” countless times, this show stuck out. There was a boldness to their performance; their voices were louder and their dance moves more precise.

Once the song finished, Suga did not drop the microphone. Instead, the group continued to ride the wave of their unbridled confidence with a stellar performance of “Idol.” Even though “Idol” appeared in the setlist later than normal, the song fit with the momentum following “Outro: Tear” and “Mic Drop.”

The concert ended the group’s ‘Love Yourself’ era

“Idol” worked as the last song before the encore in part because of its lyrics. As BTS sang, the audience sang “You can’t stop me loving myself” back to them. The song promotes the idea of self-love, a key message of BTS’s Love Yourself era.

At Love Yourself: Speak Yourself [The Final], all of the members performed their solo songs from the era for the last time. J-Hope’s charisma and dance skills radiated during his performance of “Trivia: Just Dance.” Jimin smiled through the entire length of “Serendipity,” and Jungkook flew over the crowd one last time while singing “Euphoria.” Both Suga and RM seemed at home while they performed “Trivia: Seesaw” and “Trivia: Love.”

The standouts of the night were V’s performance of “Singularity” and Jin’s performance of “Epiphany.” V transformed into a dark character, shifting the mood of the entire stadium. Before Jin’s solo even began, fans cheered in anticipation. ARMY then sang the lyrics “I’m the one I should love in this world” as loud as possible.

During their ending ments, BTS encouraged their fans to continue on the path of learning to love themselves even though the Love Yourself era was over. RM cried during his ment, showing just how much the era has meant to him.

BTS and ARMY are their own galaxy

RM’s tears continued when the last song of the night, “Mikrokosmos,” began to play. During the song, Jungkook cried as well. When performed live, “Mikrokosmos” seems like it was created to be the final song of a concert.

With the song, the Jamsil Olympic Arena transformed into BTS’s own galaxy. Concert attendees waved their ARMY bombs and phones in the air, creating the effect of stars. Overhead, drones formed as planets, the BTS symbol, and ARMY symbol.

“Perhaps the reason this night looks so beautiful / Is not because of these stars or lights, but us,” the group sang to a sea of sparkling lights. 

The members of BTS ran to every corner of the stage and rode carts around the stadium trying to wave to every fan in attendance. They delayed the goodbye as long as possible, and they did not leave the stage until after the final fireworks show ended. In the audience, tears streamed down some fans’ faces.

“Mikrokosmos” shows just what makes BTS so different from any artist today. Fans from all over the world came to Seoul to attend the concert. All of them have their own personal stories and reasons for connecting to BTS’s music, but they were still able to connect to the music in the same way as the person sitting beside them. 

BTS and their impact have been compared to other bands, but those comparisons do not do BTS justice. BTS is their own entity, a once in a lifetime group that are truly in their own galaxy. The seven members’ sincerity is so interwoven with their artistry it would be impossible for any group to replicate. Love Yourself: Speak Yourself [The Final] showed it’s a privilege simply to be alive to witness it.