BTS Busan concert sparks safety fears as single entry point for 100,000 fans raises risk of a crush in area built for 50,000

The K-pop giants’ concert in October to promote Busan’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo is slated for a former factory site, access to which is very restricted Half the 100,000 fans will be in an ...

  • The K-pop giants’ concert in October to promote Busan’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo is slated for a former factory site, access to which is very restricted
  • Half the 100,000 fans will be in an undivided standing area, raising fears of a crush. Moreover, fans could go 12 hours without food, and the site lacks toilets

Safety concerns are growing over the scheduled concert of K-pop titans BTS in Busan, South Korea, in October, as there are fears that a lack of necessary infrastructure and preparation at the concert venue may cause massive traffic congestion, inconvenience to the audience and even possible accidents.

On August 24, the group’s agency, Big Hit Music, and the Busan metropolitan government said the septet would hold the “BTS Yet to Come in Busan” concert on October 15 for free to support the port city’s bid to host the World Expo 2030, as the group is one of the Expo bid ambassadors.

For the audience of 100,000 members – 50,000 seated and 50,000 standing – the city said it would set up a special concert venue at a former glass factory site near Ilgwang Beach.

However, this plan is worrying BTS fans and Busan residents because the location is the least ideal concert venue for such a large number of spectators.

According to a notice posted on the fan community platform Weverse on August 30, there will be only one gate for access to the site from Ilgwang Station on the Donghae Line, the closest subway station to the venue, even though most of the 100,000 audience members are expected to arrive via the subway because only public transport will be allowed around the area on the day of the concert.

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