BTS makes headlines with the online concert series “Bang Bang Con”

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Brooke Johnston and Alyssa Chang

   The popular K-pop group BTS made headlines as they announced a special treat for their fans stuck at home. 

   As the spread of COVID-19 has kept many artists and musicians from performing live for their fans, BTS is always looking out for their ARMY — their massive fanbase that spans the globe — and recently hosted an online concert. 

   “Bang Bang Con” aired on April 17 and 18 on the BANGTANTV YouTube channel and Weverse at 8:00 p.m. This free online event consisted of eight parts: 2015 BTS Live, 2016 BTS Live, BTS 2014 Live Trilogy: Episode Ⅱ The Red Bullet, BTS 3rd Muster, 2017 The Wings Tour In Seoul, 2017 The Wings Tour The Final, BTS 4th Muster and BTS World Tour ‘Love Yourself’ Seoul.

   Fans across the world settled down and felt a rush of excitement as the members appeared on stage. Those who had ARMY Bombs, special light sticks that change colors in sync at concerts, could connect them to the live broadcast to match the ones they saw on screen. 

   The livestream lasted for 12 hours and ended around 8:00 a.m. PST. There were intermissions in between parts to stretch and prepare for the next concert. 

   According to The Metro, 50 million people from over 160 countries tuned in, and over 500,000 ARMY Bombs lit up in unison throughout the night. 

   Junior Abi Jin, who would have attended the now-canceled BTS concert in May, wouldn’t have missed Bang Bang Con for the world, and even stayed up until 8:00 a.m. both nights with friends. She expressed her immense gratitude for the band’s dedication to their fans and the fun she had watching her favorite performances.

   “It was a super unique experience as I got to watch some of their earliest concerts and see their fanbase, and them, exponentially grow over the years. It even got emotional at some points as the boys shared heartfelt speeches of gratitude with their fans and members,” said Jin. 

   BTS has set another record for hosting an online concert due to quarantine and for the safety of their fans. Make sure to also look out for their next album that is on its way for release!