Live Report: BTS - Wembley Stadium, London
It’s always a special moment when history is made. And BTS as they took the stage on the first day of their highly anticipated show at Wembley - it was one of those moments.
The septet has undeniably grown beyond the confines of K-pop music, establishing in the past years their musical prowess, and as they wowed a sold-out crowd with a performance of a lifetime, BTS-mania only seems set to grow more.
Starting off the show with ‘Dionysus’, the track an immediate early highlight as a dazzling stage decked out with huge Greek pillars and lunging silver panthers blended with from their latest release Map of The Soul: Persona, before segueing into a classic ‘Not Today’, the superstar group were welcomed with loving screams.
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Then came solo performances that kicked off with ‘Trivia 承: Just Dance’ from j-hope, before Jungkook who sat out their last stop in the UK due to injury, redeemed himself. Warming hearts with his soulful solo ‘Euphoria’, he fulfilled his dream of performing in London.
“Breaking the wall” - as leader RM put it- of the UK music scene, the group displayed their skill at live performance. Critiqued for their lack of stable vocals in their performance at Britain’s Got Talent earlier in the week, they proved opinions wrong with performances of ‘Serendipity’ from Jimin, ‘Singularity’ from V, and ‘Epiphany’ from Jin, highlighting with a combined showcase in ‘The Truth Untold’.
The rappers of the group also did not disappoint, after j-hope’s solo came RM’s ‘Trivia 承: Love’ and Suga’s Trivia 轉: Seesaw’ which were then followed up by the trio’s ‘Tear’. Old favourites ‘MIC Drop’, Anpanman’, ‘Fake Love’ and ‘IDOL’ remained ever-popular, as the group and their massive support of dancers made the stadium come alive with their energy and passion.
Book-ending a mix of old and new was final track ‘Mikrokosmos’ - another Greek influenced track from their latest album. Highlights become difficult to pick out as the fans welcome each of the 22 tracks with performed with same enthusiasm from beginning to end - cementing their place as the world’s biggest group.
Faultless performances followed one another, as the first K-pop group to perform at Wembley took it by storm. But beyond the historic moment, what shined the strongest were the emotions of the band, and the loyalty of a fanbase that never gave up on them.
Only the beginning of their already dazzling journey, BTS made history, and rest assured they will make history again.
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Words: Malvika Padin
Photo: Big Hit Entertainment
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