Bangtan Sonyeondan My Experience at the Concert

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Bangtan Sonyeondan My Experience at the Concert

By Cynthia Aguirre

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You wouldn’t always expect a K-Pop concert to be diverse.  It was all screaming girls and fluffy pop. I saw so many different types of people there old, young, different races and ethnicities. It was truly diverse. Why wouldn’t BTS  have many fans from all over the world? They talk about real world problems in our youth and recently went to speak to the United Nations. With their collaboration with UNICEF they premiered an anti-violence campaign with the song, “ Love Myself.”   “No matter who you are, where you’re from, your skin color, your gender identity, just speak yourself. Find your name & find your voice by speaking yourself.”
– Kim Namjoon, UN Assembly, 2018.

    On September 16, 2018 , I had the privilege to attend a Bangtan Sonyeondan, or BTS,  concert. They are an extremely popular K-Pop group. When we arrived I could feel my heart beating fast; I was getting nervous. I’ve always dreamed of seeing BTS live, but now that I was here it felt surreal. We got to our seats and the screen was playing BT21 characters, which are cute little characters that BTS designed themselves! The band has a whole line out  and they sell out quickly. So, if you will like to buy one I would advise to go there first. When the little skit finished they started playing BTS videos and the BTS A.R.M.Y ( Adorable Representation MC.for Youth) were singing along, even though the boys weren’t even there. To say it was amazing for a fan would be an understatement.

Background

    A little background about the boys: they were all recruited by BigHit Entertainment.  The band consists of 7 members the leader Kim Namjoon who is a rapper along with Min Yoongi, and Jung Hoseok. Kim Seokjin , Park Jimin , Kim Taehyung, and Jeon Jungkook are the vocalists. Most of them auditioned, but some of the members were found on the street. Jin for example, had his vision set on acting; but when one of the employees at BigHit saw Jin he immediately knew he had to recruit him. Jungkook was wanted by many companies. However,  when he saw Kim Namjoon rap he knew he wanted to be a part of BTS . They all have their stories , but the most important thing to remember is that without Namjoon there wouldn’t be a BTS. As a fan we all recognize our gratitude towards him. There were times when they felt they should give up, and even before they debuted nobody liked them. In Korea, the music scene is incredibly competitive. People, whether fans or other bands, would make up rumors about them.  This really took a toll on them, but they persevered against all odds . On June 13 ,2013 BTS debuted with their song No More Dream from their album 2 Cool 4 Skool . The lyrics give out a message that it is okay not to have a dream and it doesn’t make you less than anybody else. Jungkook is their maknae: this means he is the youngest one in the group who is also the best at everything.

Why Are They Important

I’ve been a fan for 4 years now and seeing them live was like a dream come true. I was sitting down and the lights started to dim , everyone started screaming including myself , that moment was beautiful sharing that exact moment with A.R.M.Y’s was just amazing. It was like  we are all one family because we love each other and support our boys. The first song they played was Idol , we were all singing along and having a good time! Their dance skills are no joke, and they are all breathtakingly beautiful , Intelligent, Humble, they are the best.The aura in that place was amazing. I could feel everyone’s energy, which only pumped me up even more. I was screaming the fanchants and singing along with them, by the time they were done my throat was sore, I could barely talk. Once they finished performing their solos and their songs they came out to talk to us , We had a translator there because let’s face it most of us don’t even speak Korean, but when they would talk in English everyone lost their cool and it was so hilarious. They would hype us up and tell us they love and appreciate us. Of course our responses were screaming like maniacs . I can’t describe to you my love for them, it is immense, I know plenty of people who say that their artist had saved them, and I can truly say that I understand them. BTS saved me; they saved me from the dark place that I was once in.  They taught me that it is okay to fail , it’s okay to not have a dream, it’s okay to make mistakes, we just have to accept our mistakes and grow with them because they’re still a part of us. They taught me that I should Love Myself and I’ll be forever thankful to them. They gave me the confidence I needed. That is why I adore them with all my heart. Seeing them live means everything to me. The concert was amazing.

    But the Venue not so much, it was a crowded, and both days sold out. It was  small and rundown to host such an internationally renowned band. Nonetheless, being there was already a gift and the venue didn’t matter as much.

    As the band said in this tweet on September 24, “After releasing our Love Yourself albums and launching the Love Myself campaign, we started to hear remarkable things from our fans all over the world how our messages helped them overcome their hardships in life and start loving themselves.” — @BTS_twt