BTS announces free ‘online concert weekend’ to stream during the coronavirus lockdown


Attention, BTS Army: This is not a drill.

K-pop sensation BTS is hosting a “special online streaming” party April 17-18 in the United States (April 18-19 on Korea Standard Time), more than a month after the group began canceling tour dates due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The virtual BTS fest, dubbed Bang Bang Con, will feature a marathon of concert footage taped before the pandemic shut down live events around the world.

Starting at 8 p.m. Pacific on April 17, the Friday lineup includes video from BTS’s 2015 HYYH live concert, 2016’s HYYH Epilogue, 2014’s Red Bullet Live trilogy and 2016’s 3rd Muster. The cyber-extravaganza will resume at the same time on April 18, with 2017’s Wings Tour live in Seoul, Wings Tour: The Final, 2018’s 4th Muster and 2018’s Love Yourself Seoul concert.


Bang Bang Con is the latest effort by the “ON” artists to continue entertaining their fans while in self-quarantine. Last month, members RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook took part in James Corden’s “Homefest” special, which featured Billie Eilish, Andrea Bocelli, Dua Lipa and more.

Set to stream on April 18 is Global Citizen and Lady Gaga’s “One World: Together At Home” coronavirus relief event, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert, and welcoming musical guests such as Eilish, Lizzo, J Balvin, Elton John, John Legend, Stevie Wonder and Kacey Musgraves.

BTS’s Bang Bang Con will be available to watch for free on the band’s YouTube channel, BANGTANTV.

Global Citizen will unite major artists for “One World: Together at Home,” curated by Lady Gaga with hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert.

April 6, 2020