BTS reschedule entire Map of the Soul world tour amid ongoing coronavirus pandemic

K-pop band were set to release tickets for dates in Europe and Japan in the coming days

Alex Pattle@alex_pattle
Tuesday 28 April 2020 15:47
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BTS have rescheduled their entire Map of the Soul world tour amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The K-pop group had already postponed dates in South Korea and America indefinitely, and announced on Tuesday 28 April that forthcoming shows in Europe and Japan will not go ahead as planned.

The concerts in Japan were due to take place across June, July, August and September, while the European dates in London, Rotterdam, Barcelona and Berlin were set for July. The latest update means every leg of the tour has now been affected.

Tickets for the shows in Japan and Europe were scheduled to go on sale in the coming days. Many fans of the band had previously expressed concern that it was unclear whether or not the sales would still go ahead despite the dates being postponed. It was later clarified that the sales will not take place, however.

A statement concerning the European shows was released by the band’s management, Big Hit Entertainment, via Ticketmaster UK.

“Our highest priority remains the safety of our artists and fans as well as the global community,” the statement read.

“We ask for your generous understanding that this decision has been made in consideration of the safety and health of everyone involved.

“We look forward to seeing you all in the future.”

It is unclear when the tour, which was due to begin in South Korea this month, will now take place.

Earlier this month, more than 50 million fans tuned in as BTS hosted a virtual concert series.

The event, titled Bang Bang Con, consisted of concert recordings and virtual fan meet-ups.

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