#Showbiz: BTS returning to Korean stage next month

KUALA LUMPUR: South Korean K-Pop kings BTS are set to have their first shows in their home country since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Reuters reported today that RM, J-Hope, Jimin, Jin, Suga, V and Jungkook will have three concerts in Seoul next month, as part of their Permission To Dance On Stage tour that was disrupted by the pandemic.

The concerts will be held at Seoul's Olympic Stadium on March 10, 12 and 13, and will also be live-streamed.

"We would like to thank all ARMY (BTS fans) for patiently waiting for an in-person concert to be held in Korea," said BTS' agency Bit Hit Music in a statement on its fan platform Weverse.

Since their 2013 debut, BTS has spearheaded a global K-Pop craze with catchy music and dances, as well social campaigns aimed at motivating youths.

BTS made history in November, becoming the first Asian artistes to win the top prize at the American Music Awards.

Their last concert for South Korean fans was in October 2019.

As the pandemic spread in 2020, they called off what was meant to be their biggest international tour involving 40 concerts and held online shows instead.

BTS had their first in-person concerts since the pandemic in Los Angeles, the United States last November.

V or Kim Tae-Hyung became the band's fifth member to be tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday.

He is currently undergoing treatment at home.

RM, Jin and Suga contracted the coronavirus last December, while Jimin contracted it last month.

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