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East meets West at K-pop stars BTS rock London



Tens of thousands of adoring fans of South Korean boy band BTS flocked to Wembley stadium on Saturday (June 1) to witness the group's second ever set of London concerts.


Fans from all over the world arriving at the UK leg of the "Love Yourself: Speak Yourself" tour said they found inspiration in the seven members' ability to bring Asian culture to a western audience and touch on issues such as mental health, social injustice and generational woes in their music -- despite the Korean lyrics.

Other members of the "BTS army" described their admiration for the pop sensation's fashion sense and sophisticated dance moves, both of which were on show as BTS performed in front of a sold-out stadium of screaming fans.

Local media reported that tickets for the 90,000-seat stadium sold out in minutes. They last performed in London in October 2018.

BTS, formed in 2013, have gained a worldwide following, winning over fans across continents and helping popularise the K-pop genre overseas. (Reuters)





Tens of thousands of adoring fans of South Korean boy band BTS flocked to Wembley stadium on Saturday (June 1) to witness the group's second ever set of London concerts.


Fans from all over the world arriving at the UK leg of the "Love Yourself: Speak Yourself" tour said they found inspiration in the seven members' ability to bring Asian culture to a western audience and touch on issues such as mental health, social injustice and generational woes in their music -- despite the Korean lyrics.

Other members of the "BTS army" described their admiration for the pop sensation's fashion sense and sophisticated dance moves, both of which were on show as BTS performed in front of a sold-out stadium of screaming fans.

Local media reported that tickets for the 90,000-seat stadium sold out in minutes. They last performed in London in October 2018.

BTS, formed in 2013, have gained a worldwide following, winning over fans across continents and helping popularise the K-pop genre overseas. (Reuters)



Choi Won-suk wschoi@koreatimes.co.kr


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