BTS has cancelled the Seoul concerts of their MAP OF THE SOUL world tour.
The concerts, which would be opening their international world tour, were set to take place on April 11, 12, 18 and 19 at Seoul's Olympic Stadium.
In a statement from Big Hit Entertainment shared to WeVerse, the company wrote:
"Plans for MAP OF THE SOUL TOUR - SEOUL included the involvement of a number of global production companies and a large group of expert international crew, with over 200,000 concertgoers expected to attend.
However the current global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has made it impossible at this time to predict the scale of the outbreak during the dates of the concert in April, alongside increasing uncertainty about the cross-border movement of concert staff and equipment.
While we hope that the situation will improve, we must take into consideration the health and safety of hundreds of thousands of guests as well as our artists and the dire impact a last-minute cancellation may have on guests from overseas, production companies and staff. We have thus determined that with approximately one month left before the Seoul concert is set to begin, it is unavoidable that the concert must be cancelled without further delay.
Please understand that this decision was made after extensive and careful consideration in order to cooperate with the government's measures on restricting public events as well as municipal advisories on the use of cultural and sports activities.
We would like to sincerely apologize for issuing this notice of cancellation to all of our fans who had been eagerly looking forward to the BTS MAP OF THE SOUL TOUR - SEOUL Concert, and we ask for your understanding."
The agency has said that tickets already reserved will be refunded in full through INTERPARK, the official ticket agent.
BTS' MAP OF THE SOUL TOUR was set to begin in Seoul before heading to the US. At this point it appears the remaining dates are unaffected by this news. The next dates on the tour will be in Santa Clara USA on April 25 & 26.
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