K-Pop superstars BTS have postponed the European leg of their upcoming ‘Map Of The Soul’ tour due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The South Korean seven-piece were set to play two sold-out nights at London’s Twickenham Stadium on 3 and 4 July, as well as shows in Berlin and Barcelona.
Ticket sales had already been suspended amid the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus, but now the plug has been pulled on all the concerts.
Concert promoters Live Nation issued the following statement: “Unfortunately, due to ongoing government advisories on mass gatherings, BTS – Map Of The Soul tour of Europe has been postponed.
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“Our highest priority remains the safety of our artists and fans as well as the global community. We ask for your generous understanding that this decision has been made in consideration of the safety and health of everyone involved. We look forward to seeing you all in the future. Thank you.”
At the time of writing, no indication was given of when these European dates would be rescheduled, but the band’s label, Big Hit did confirm that “a completely new” touring plan would be developed “as soon as it becomes clear when the tour can begin.”
“This may require considerable time as the Covid-19 situation continues to evolve,” the statement added.
A further statement in Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese from Big Hit Entertainment on WeVerse read: “Due to the nature of BTS concerts involving travel by thousands of international fans no matter where the performances are held, it is also difficult to resume the tour with the current strict restrictions on cross-border movement still in place.
“Moreover it is impossible at this time to predict when the first performance marking the start of the tour will be able to begin. Therefore we have made the difficult decision to suspend the previously-announced tour schedule and develop a new schedule.”