South Korean and global K-pop superstar BTS’ upcoming concerts in Seoul has been allowed to host up to 45,000 fans in total to become the largest live music events in the country since the start of the pandemic.
The culture ministry Rep. Jeon Yonggi of the ruling Democratic Party has allowed the group to invite 15,000 spectators to each of its three in-person concerts set to be held at a nearly 70,000-capacity outdoor stadium next month.
The group will be hosting the “Permission To Dance On Stage – Seoul” shows on March 10 and March 12-13 at Jamsil Olympic Stadium in southern Seoul. The last time the group had performed live in Korea was for the BTS World Tour “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself” concerts at the same venue in October 2019.
According to the group’s agency, the March 10 and 13 shows will also be streamed live online for fans who are unable to attend the shows in person, while the March 12 concert will be available at theaters across the world for “live viewing” events.
The country had begun allowing in-person concerts from November 2021 under the “living with COVID-19” policies. And currently, the music concerts are capped at 50 percent capacity or 4,000 spectators for indoor facilities to provide some physical distancing. All spectators will be required to show proof of vaccination or recent negative test results while organizers should place a sufficient number of safety management workers.
However, the number 15,000 is just 22.9 percent of the 65,599 seats at the stadium.
According to a ministry official, they have approved the concerts on the condition that the number of safety management workers should be 5 percent of the number of spectators, whilst adding that they will send officials to the site to check if the safety and distancing measures are well observed.