Monsta X, TWICE, ONEUS plan LIVE in-person concerts after BTS LA concert is announced
Other big K-pop acts getting ready for physical offline concerts include Seventeen, Wonho, and Winner
While the world was struggling with Covid-19, South Korea was commended for their quick control over the pandemic. However, it backfired in July when there was an outbreak in the K-pop industry with several idols testing positive. Labels had tried to organize offline concerts but Covid concerns meant Golden Child, N.Flying and Kim Jaehwan’s live concerts were canceled. But things are getting better. BTS first announced that they would have four offline concerts for fans in LA on November 27-28 and December 1-2. Now it seems that other big K-pop acts like Monsta X, TWICE and ONEUS are preparing for live concerts too.
The Internet was in a frenzy when BTS first announced that they would be having four physical concerts in LA at SoFi stadium for their ‘Permission to Dance’ tour. ARMY has been trending on Twitter as some lucky fans show off their tickets while other broke fans make sad reaction memes. We also saw rookie group Treasure have their first offline concert and fan meeting. It was held on October 2 at Olympic Hall in Seoul.
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Fans followed strict guidelines and wore masks at Treasure’s concert. Similarly, Luminous had a mini fan concert in Seoul on October 4. With the rest of the world also becoming daring, we will be getting more world tours and overseas concerts headlined by major K-pop acts too. Here's a look at what to expect in the coming months.
Monsta X has joined iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball Tour. The American Christmas tour has been inviting the K-pop group for concerts since 2018. They will be performing in Philadelphia, DC, Atlanta and Miami in the third week of December. Unfortunately, Shownu will not be present since he is currently in the military.
Then we have TWICE who announced their fourth tour through the music video of their first English single ‘The Feels’. The first segment will be held for three days at Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Soul. They will commence the tour after their third studio album 'Formula of Love' is released on November 12, though no dates have been announced yet. It is still yet to be decided whether Jeongyeon will be joining the tour since she’s on hiatus due to mental health reasons.
In celebration of their ‘ONEUS Theatre’ project, the boy group ONEUS will be hosting the ‘Blood Moon’ concert. It will be an offline, as well as a virtual concert that will be streamed live for those who cannot attend in person. This is their first offline concert after their last Japan tour in early 2020. The ‘Blood Moon’ concert will be held on November 6 and 7 in Seoul.
As for Verivery, they have announced that they will be having their first tour in USA. Titled ‘2021 VERIVERY 1st Tour In US’, it will be held for nine days in nine different cities from the first week of December. They’ll begin in LA at the Vermont Hollywood and end in NYC at the Sony Hall.
Seventeen’s ‘Ode To You’ world tour that had been going on since 2019 was canceled at the last few stops, along with their Japan dome tour as the pandemic hit in early 2020. As fans are gearing up for their ‘Attacca’ comeback, there are reports that the boys are discussing an offline concert at Olympic Gymnastics Arena, Seoul in November. However, if it does happen, it will be with 11 members since The8 aka Minghao and Jun are currently in China.
Soloists plan live concerts too
Wonho just came back with his third EP ‘Blue Letter’. To celebrate the end of its promotional period, he will be having his first offline solo concert. While he has had offline fan meetings, this will be the first time that he will be performing as a soloist in front of a live audience. After he had his solo debut in 2020, he had two online concerts. The ‘We Are Young’ physical concert will be held on November 13 and 14 in Seoul. He has previously had successful world tours and concerts when he was a part of Monsta X.
Winner's Seung-yoon and Mino
Winner’s leader Seung-yoon and rapper Mino are set to have solo concerts in a row. As part of ‘YG Palm Stage 2021’, Seung-yoon aka Yoon and Mino will have online and offline concerts at Olympic Hall in Seoul. Mino is set to have his concert ‘Mino: Maniac’ first on November 19. It will be followed by Seung-yoon’s ‘Yoon: Passage’ concert on November 21. Tickets can be bought from Weverse shop and Auction. The group’s last world tour was Winner Cross Tour whose last segment was cancelled due to Covid-19.
Ha Sungwoon is having a tour in South Korea titled ‘Forest &’. It was supposed to be held in July but was postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The first concert was held in Busan on October 2. He will be in Seoul till October 10 and then will have his last stop in Daegu on October 23. He previously had a world tour with his former group Wanna One and then had an Asian tour after his solo debut.