Korean pop sensation, BTS has claimed a record attendance for its virtual concert “Big Bang Con: The Live.” The show took place on Sunday afternoon Korean time, after the boy band’s global tour had been called off due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The company’s management Big Hit Entertainment said that the show reached a peak of 756,000 concurrent viewers – BTS refers to its fans as an Army – in 107 countries and territories. It said that was equivalent to 15 shows at a 50,000 seat stadium and was the biggest audience for a paid virtual concert. Big Hit said that the concert also helped grow BTS’ fan club by 10,000 members.
The concert was the first collaborative effort between Big Hit and Kiswe, a live streaming solution company in the U. S., with which it had recently signed a memorandum. The 100-minute K-Pop show invited fans to BTS’s virtual house, where members navigated through and performed in various spaces – composed of five rooms and two stages, stylized in different moods.
The online presentation was delivered through six multi-view screens playing simultaneously. Fans were able to choose from video call-like close ups to full shots that encapsulate the group’s highly synchronized choreography.
Band member, Jimin told fans: “Though we may not be able to see each other at this time, we’ve been constantly striving to grow as a group. We are coping up with it pretty well so hope that you too can overcome this time by finding the small joy within. Hope we can meet each other again with smiles on our faces.”
They played a 12-track setlist comprised of “DOPE,” “Boyz with Fun,” “Like,” “Just One Day,” “Jamais Vu,” “Respect,” “Friends,” “Black Swan,” “Boy With Luv (Feat. Halsey),” “Go Go,” “Anpanman” and “Spring Day.”
Reviewing the event, Variety said: “It wasn’t the stadium concert experience fans had been looking forward to attending, but … was the next best thing to being there.”