army: It’s party time for the army! After much delay, BTS will hold a free concert on October 15 at the Busan Ilgwang Special Stage

Army get out your glow sticks and get ready to paint the town purple!

BTS Busan’s long-awaited concert will be held on October 15 at the Busan Ilgwang Special Stage in Gijang-gun. Before the concert, several issues such as lack of funds and venue booking issues surfaced, resulting in countless delays.

The HYBE group agency decided to take matters into their own hands. The company released a statement, saying it would cover some of the concert’s expenses. Members – Namjoon, Jimin, Jungkook, J-Hope, Suga, Taehyung, and Jin will be performing without compensation as gifts to their fans. “First, in response to media inquiries about the cost of the Busan concert, we said there will be significant costs and most of these costs will be covered by corporate sponsorship, advertisements online streaming and the city’s ancillary activities. The company will directly pay any shortfall that could not be covered by these means of securing financial resources. BTS will also appear in this concert at no additional cost, and it will be done in a way that embodies the artist’s idea that he wanted to play for free for many fans in the past,” the statement read.

Since the boy band agreed to hold a concert in Busan to advance the city’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo, the concert has encountered several obstacles. From rumors that the city was urging HYBE to bear the cost of the event, to scandals over venue reservations, this program has been marred by several controversies from the very beginning.

A recent media report stated that Busan Asiad’s main stadium (the place where the show was supposed to take place earlier) was in no condition to support a large-scale event as the building had 29 roof panels which were in a damaged state. . In 2003, 8 of its panels were damaged, followed by 6 more in 2004. In 2020, 9 panels were blown up during Typhoon Maysak.

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Apart from the controversies regarding their long-awaited concert in Busan, there had also been several speculations surrounding BTS regarding their military service. While the military (BTS fans) want the South Korean government to exempt the septet from mandatory military service, government officials haven’t released any official statement on the matter. Previously, they were allowed to delay their enlistment, but since BTS’ eldest member Jin turned 30 this year, military service seems inevitable.

Earlier, a lawmaker from the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea proposed a revised bill that would exempt pop stars who have the government’s Order of Merit from conscription and swap their military service for another.

However, according to the
Korea JoongAng Daily, The country’s defense minister revealed that it would be difficult to offer this type of alternative service to BTS due to “equity aspects in performing compulsory military service”.

Daily also revealed that Lee Ki-sik, the commissioner of military manpower administration, believes that the continued exemption of top pop stars from military service could have far-reaching consequences. “This (exemption from military service) can generate feelings of discrimination, discouragement and divergence among the young male generation, many of whom perform their military duties.”

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Titled “Yet to Come,” the show will take place at the Busan Ilgwang Special Stage at 6 p.m. KST (9:30 p.m. KST). International Army will be able to attend the show virtually thanks to the live broadcast on Weverse.

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