S Korean boy­band BTS can­cels Oc­to­ber con­cert

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SEOUL: K-Pop boy­band BTS can­celled yes­ter­day a con­cert set for Oc­to­ber in Seoul as au­thor­i­ties bat­tle a stream of new coronaviru­s in­fec­tions, im­pos­ing tougher curbs ahead of a surge in travel dur­ing a key au­tumn hol­i­day.

This month, BTS be­came the first Korean pop act to de­but at No.1 on the Bill­board Hot 100 sin­gles charts in the United States, with Dy­na­mite, its first sin­gle en­tirely in English.

The group’s first con­cert since the out­break had been sched­uled for Oct 10 and 11, to be at­tended by a lim­ited au­di­ence ob­serv­ing so­cial dis­tanc­ing norms, its mu­sic la­bel, Big Hit En­ter­tain­ment, said. Now it is to be livestream­ed on­line in­stead.

“We have been plan­ning the in­per­son com­po­nent of our con­cert in or­der to try to cre­ate an op­por­tu­nity for our artists and fans to meet, de­spite the chal­lenges cre­ated by Covid-19,” Big Hit said in a state­ment.

“We would like to apol­o­gise to all fans who have been look­ing for­ward to an in-per­son con­cert.”

Of­fi­cials flagged the risks of new in­fec­tion clus­ters as they or­dered tighter re­stric­tions for the weeks of the Chuseok hol­i­day that starts on Mon­day, when peo­ple tra­di­tion­ally re­unite with fam­i­lies.

On Wed­nes­day, BTS de­liv­ered a “mes­sage of hope” in a pre-recorded video posted by the United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Fund (Unicef ) as part of the 75th UN Gen­eral Assem­bly.

The group of seven is at the fore­front of South Korean pop mu­sic, win­ning con­verts to K-Pop world­wide since its 2013 de­but.

REUTERS

Mem­bers of K-Pop boy­band BTS at­tend Youth Day at the Pres­i­den­tial Blue House in Seoul last week.

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