Mark your calendars, BTS ARMY: the K-pop superstars have just announced a weekend-long marathon of concert footage, called BANG BANG CON. In an effort to keep their fans entertained at home while self-isolating, the best-selling Korean boy band will livestream hours of free, full-length concerts, captured over the past six years. BTS will kick things off on their BANGTANTV YouTube channel on 18 April at noon KST (that’s 11:00 pm EST on 17 April), with two full days of back-to-back concerts.
In their announcement earlier today on social media, the band shared a poster for the virtual two-day conference, which called on fans to, “Spend a couple of Spring Days comfy at home with BANG BANG CON”. The poster also offered the lineup of concerts which the BTS ARMY can look forward to, beginning with a show captured during their 2015 “Most Beautiful Moment In Life On Stage Tour”, followed by a performance from the 2016 extension, “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life On Stage: Epilogue”.
The band will also broadcast highlights from their first headlining tour, 2014’s “BTS Live Trilogy Episode II: The Red Bullet”. Those early dates followed the band’s 2013 debut single album, 2 Cool 4 Skool, their follow-up EPs, O!RUL8,2? and Skool Luv Affair, and their debut studio album, 2014’s Dark & Wild. The whirlwind, ten-date tour kicked off in Seoul, South Korea, and took the band to Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan. Due to high demand, it was extended into a full-scale, worldwide run of dates, including sold-out arena shows in New York, Los Angeles and Melbourne and Sydney.
Also on the schedule are BTS’s 3rd and 4th Muster fan club events, plus footage from the group’s 2017 Wings Tour, and from their 2018 “BTS World Tour: Love Yourself” show at the Seoul Olympic Stadium. Though all of these videos have been available to purchase previously, BANG BANG CON will stream them in their entirety for free.
BTS recently announced the postponement of their North American tour dates, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The highly-anticipated, 37-date “Map of the Soul” tour had been scheduled to kick off at the end of April. However, they have been keeping fans entertained with plenty of virtual content, in addition to BANG BANG CON, including a new web series which teaches their fans Korean.