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Will BTS cancel 'Yet To Come in Busan' free concert? HYBE issues statement over safety and financial concerns

HYBE addressed sponsorship issues as safety concerns arise around BTS' Busan concert after Asiad Main Stadium was damaged in a typhoon
Fans share their concerns over the safety of BTS members and attendees of the Busan concert after Asiad Main Stadium was revealed to be damaged in a typhoon (Big Hit Music)
Fans share their concerns over the safety of BTS members and attendees of the Busan concert after Asiad Main Stadium was revealed to be damaged in a typhoon (Big Hit Music)

BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA: The 2022 BTS concert in Busan is currently one of the most talked-about topics in South Korea as well as the rest of the world. Back when it was initially announced that BTS was going to host a concert to help strengthen South Korea's bid for the 2030 World Expo to be held in Busan, fans were extremely excited. It was then announced that the gorup will host a free-to-watch concert titled, 'Yet To Come in Busan' that will be held on October 15. Now, as BTS has sold out the 110,000 free tickets for the said concert, new safety and financial concerns have led fans to believe there was a possibility for the concert to be canceled.

The first concern revolves around the issue of the Busan free concert not receiving any government support. Fans claimed that since BTS was hosting the concert for the benefit of Busan, the government needed to take responsibility for its expenses which is reportedly as high as 7 billion KRW ($5.1M). Other than that, the damaged new venue is another issue concerning fans. Reports claimed that the Busan Asiad Main Stadium was compromised due to a typhoon two years ago where nine roof panels of the stadium were blown away. However, since the repairs for the stadium were slated to take place in April 2023, fans are concerned about the safety of attendees as well as the BTS members. 


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HYBE releases a statement about 'Yet To Come in Busan' free concert

In their lengthy statement about the 2022 Busan concert released on Thursday, September 22, HYBE talked about how these financial hurdles were not a big concern for them. The statement said, "If BTS had considered cost as the most important factor in participating in national events in the past, it would have been difficult (for BTS) to produce so many results at major events for our country and for the world." The label added, "We have focused on the process to create high-level results at events where BTS participates, and we have thought that it was meaningful enough because we were satisfied with the results we produced with BTS."

HYBE promised fans that they would not be giving up despite the financial hurdles. They said, "There is one thing we cannot give up." The label added that with the level that BTS was currently at, they would not compromise with the quality of the stage. They stated that HYBE was doing its best to secure high standards that BTS was known for not only on the stage of Busan Asiad Main Stadium but also at various side events in future.


'They are trying to rip off BTS and HYBE'

However, the statement did not discuss the additional safety concerns among fans that have left ARMYs (fans of BTS) confused about the safety of BTS members and fans in attendance at the 'Yet To Come in Busan' concert. One fan said, "It says the roof of the stadium where BTS are said to perform was damaged because of the typhoon. The repairs are going to start in April next year????" Another fan said, "So Busan and South Korean are trying to rip off Hybe and BTS by making them cover all expenses for this Expo, and probably still not gonna exempt them at the end of the day. Bts really wasnt even given the option to decline, they were just backed against the wall. F** all of them."

One more fan said, "BTS were invited to be ambassadors, now they have to pay all the cost for their free concert? The stadium was damaged by storm and will be repaired next year? This is to promote Busan WE, not Hybe or BTS WE hahahaha BTS deserve better. Respest them and their fans." A fan asked, "Bro what?! Why even....just have the concert somewhere else or something. I wonder how long it's gonna take to repair the damages. Who would even be in charge of getting it repaired?" One said, "Don’t even put that image in my head bro," while another chimed in, "Can they cancel that concert and save everybody the headache pls? Gosh!" Another fan responded, "There's no cancellation, Hybe already released a statement about it and the concert will surely gonna happen."







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