BTS’ online concert ‘Permission to Dance on Stage’ watched by fans from 197 countries

Published October 25, 2021, 9:57 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

K-pop superstars BTS successfully kicked off their “BTS Permission to Dance on Stage” tour with an online concert on Oct. 24.

The concert, held at Jamsil main stadium in Seoul, drew viewers from 197 countries and regions, according to HYBE Corp. This marked the start of BTS’ new tour series.

BTS at their “BTS Permission to Dance on Stage” online concert on Oct. 24 (Big Hit Music/HYBE)

“BTS Permission to Dance on Stage” featured 24 songs including “ON,” “DNA,” “Life Goes On,” and “Butter.” The online concert unveiled a story of five independent chapters organized around the songs’ distinctive styles.

The stage set-up was changed for each chapter to highlight the versatility of styles embraced by BTS.

After opening with a mesmerizing dance performance on a stage set behind bars, special effects and an enormous LED screen soon drew the audience into action-packed performances of “Black Swan” and “Fake Love.”

BTS presented new versions of “Boy With Luv” and “Dynamite” that segued into a performance of “Telepathy” complemented by intricate details of balloons, confetti and a moving vehicle on stage.

“BTS Permission to Dance on Stage” online concert on Oct. 24 (Big Hit Music/HYBE)

“BTS Permission to Dance on Stage” online concert on Oct. 24 (Big Hit Music/HYBE)

For the concert’s finale, BTS showcased an upbeat performance of “Permission to Dance” and relayed the much needed message of hope to the global community.

A 165-foot-wide LED screen and cutting-edge technologies were incorporated into the show for a more intimate live interaction with the audience watching from home.

The LED screen—the largest ever for a BTS concert—served to reflect the massive concert stage, while Multi-view technology enabled spectators to access six 4K/HD quality camera angles to the show.

Adding onto the enchantment was ‘Visual Effect View (VEV)’, a technology that directly projects the meticulous visual effects and graphic visualization of lyrics displayed on the LED screen on-site to the screens of the viewers. The newly introduced innovation brought the virtual experience another step closer to the audience.

In the final few moments of the show, BTS delivered a heartfelt message for ARMY across the world.

“BTS Permission to Dance on Stage” online concert on Oct. 24 (Big Hit Music/HYBE)

“BTS Permission to Dance on Stage” online concert on Oct. 24 (Big Hit Music/HYBE)

“BTS Permission to Dance on Stage” online concert on Oct. 24 (Big Hit Music/HYBE)

“The seven of us wanted to be a part of every bit of the setlist as a whole,” said BTS. “It does feel like the situation is improving. As ‘Spring Day’ suggests, please hold tight because we will be there to see you. We hope you enjoyed the show and we are truly grateful for the valuable time we spent with you today. We love you.”

BTS will hold the “BTS Permission to Dance on Stage-LA” on Nov. 27 and 28, and Dec. 1 and 2 at SoFi Stadium in California.

In addition to a livestream of the concert scheduled for Dec. 2, the concert will also be available for live viewing at YouTube Theater in Los Angeles through an offline event titled “LIVE PLAY in LA.”

 
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