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BTS to stream iconic concerts for free at 'Bang Bang Con'

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K-pop juggernaut BTS /  Courtesy of Big Hit Music

K-pop juggernaut BTS / Courtesy of Big Hit Music

By Park Jin-hai

K-pop megahit boy band BTS will hold a free livestream event, "Bang Bang Con," Saturday, featuring some of its iconic concerts.

According to the band's agency Big Hit Music, the "2024 Bang Bang Con," streamed through its official YouTube channel BANGTANTV, will allow fans to make a nostalgic journey through the group's remarkable career, featuring three pivotal live concerts in BTS' stellar career — BTS' first solo concert in 2014, titled "Live Trilogy Episode II: THE RED BULLET," a year after its debut, as well as "Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour The Final" in 2017 and "BTS World Tour Love Yourself: Speak Yourself The Final" in 2019.

During the screening of the 2014 concert, fans can enjoy the band's early songs like "No More Dream" and "N.O." At the time, the band met some 5,000 fans at Yes24 Live Hall.

The event will also show the band's 2017 concert, held at Gocheok Sky Dome, where fans can have opportunity to enjoy hits like "FIRE (2016)," "DNA (2017)" and "Spring Day (2017)." The concert drew some 550,000 fans, a significant growth from the 2014 performance.

The finale of this year's "Bang Bang Con" will be the "BTS World Tour Love Yourself: Speak Yourself The Final" concert held at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul in 2019.

The tour was held in 24 cities worldwide and attracted over 2 million audiences in total, highlighting the group's heightened global status. During the tour, BTS set a milestone becoming the first K-pop act to perform at Wembley Stadium, an iconic football stadium in London with a seating capacity of 60,000.

Official poster for BTS livestream event

Official poster for BTS livestream event "Bang Bang Con" / Courtesy of Big Hit Music

"Key highlights of the event include reliving BTS's journey through live performances of their greatest concerts and witnessing their growth alongside ARMY (BTS's fandom)," Big Hit Music said in a statement.

The event is part of the band's highly anticipated 2024 FESTA celebration, an annual festival dedicated to the band's global fandom around the date of their debut. It will be held at Jamsil Sports Complex in southern Seoul, June 13, to mark the K-pop juggernaut's 11th anniversary.

Jin, the eldest member, who is set to be discharged from his mandatory military service on June 12, will join his fans at this special event. It will mark the beginning of BTS's gradual return, with J-Hope following in October. RM, V, Jimin, Jungkook and Suga will complete their service by June next year, paving the way for a highly anticipated full-group comeback in 2025.

Park Jin-hai


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