15 Jan 2019
LOVE YOURSELF: A survival guide to BTS’ biggest concert in Singapore
Photos: Big Hit Entertainment
This is the moment that Singapore ARMY (as BTS fans are collectively called) have been waiting for: the world’s biggest boy band’s return to Singapore with a one-night only gig at the Singapore National Stadium, making them the first Korean act to ever do so.
However, with the concert date looming ever closer, and with 45,000 concert goers expecting to bring the house down, we’ve put together a survival guide which will help you, well, survive, the show. This is especially so as this is the biggest-scale Korean concert ever, and in particular, those at the standing areas will have to take extra care of themselves and those around them in order to have the best memories of the night.
The last time the septet was in Singapore was in August 2017 for Music Bank in Singapore, and their last solo event here was back in 2014 for BTS 2014 Live Trilogy Episode II: The Red Bullet in Singapore. Singapore was originally on their list for their previous 2017 BTS Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour list, but plans changed and we ended up missing out (sigh).
That’s why we hope that all ARMY will be able to enjoy this week’s show to the fullest, which made us check in with organisers and venue One Production, Live Nation and Singapore Sports Hub on some of the questions that you might have, so here’s Toggle’s handy dandy guide to surviving BTS WORD TOUR LOVE YOURSELF SINGAPORE.
Tickets to BTS WORD TOUR LOVE YOURSELF SINGAPORE are priced at S$348, S$268, S$238, S$198, S$148, S$118, S$88 (excluding booking charges) and went on sale on SportsHubTix, but are currently sold out.
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1. Packing and planning smart
Bring only the essentials. With enhanced security checks at the stadium, it’s best only to bring what’s necessary and also to avoid bringing anything on the prohibited items list - that’s right, leave your cameras, tablets, chairs, pepper spray, wallet chains, whistles and pyrotechnics at home. (For the full list of prohibited items, please check One Production’s event guide here.)
Most importantly, please pack your ticket along, because you won’t be able to enter the venue without it.
For those who want to dress up for the show, our advice is to keep it simple because if you have a ton of accessories on, you’re going to have a high chance of losing something during the show, especially if you’re in the standing area. Your makeup might also not survive the entire show (blame the humidity), so if you really can’t live without makeup, having a light touch-up kit would probably be ideal. Due to the unpredictable weather we've had these couple of days, it'll also be a good idea to pack a poncho or a compact umbrella in case it starts pouring.
Also, if you’re going with friends, it’s a good idea to decide on a meeting point outside of the stadium before you go, just in case you get separated from each other and your phone battery gives up on you, or you simply can’t get a phone signal because there are too many people in the area. #truestory
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2. How to get there
You know the drill: The most convenient way to get to the stadium is by taking the train to Stadium MRT station. However, on that day, both the roads and trains are likely to be extremely congested, so giving yourself an additional 30 minutes of travelling time in case of any unforeseen circumstances (read: omg-i-can’t-squeeze-onto-this-train!).
For those who prefer not to have a standing pit-like experience even before you get to the stadium, you may opt to take a cab or drive down, but as mentioned, expect large crowds, which may cause jams, especially if it’s raining. Parking may also be a problem, so plan ahead.
If you’re intending to try to hail a cab or private car after the show, you might want to ensure that you already have all the applications downloaded onto your phone, because from past experience, data speeds at any event are bound to be very, very slow.
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So you’ve gotten to the National Stadium in one piece with ticket in hand and ready to rumble. Before you go in, however, you might want to pick up some of the official merchandise that will be on sale. Do note that queues are expected to be long, so giving yourself plenty of time to make your purchase will be a good idea. Alternatively, get a friend who isn’t watching the show to help, and buy them a good meal to thank them for their efforts after.
For those with seated tickets, doors will only open at 5.30pm, so grab an early dinner before you go in at the various food outlets close to the National Stadium. There are also plenty of toilets for you to, uh, unload, at before the show.
For those in the standing areas, you might be a little more pressed for time as the queue closes at 2.30pm, and you’ll have to make sure that you’ve completed your security screening before that. As you are not allowed to bring food into the queuing area, be sure to prepare some money to get yourself some sustenance - passing out is a big no-no.
If you’ve got an ARMY Bomb version 3 (the latest version of BTS' official light stick), you can also head to the pairing booths for the staff to help you sync your light stick for maximum concert experience, or do it yourself with the application that BigHit has released for smartphones.
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4. Navigating the standing queues (skip if you’re in the seated area)
With so many people in the standing area this time around, we can’t stress the importance of looking out for each other enough. While going in a group of friends is great, do also keep in mind that there are some who are attending the concert alone, and might be shy to make friends, so do be friendly and ensure that everyone is doing great before, during, and after the show.
According to the organisers, each standing pit holding area will be split into sub-sections of about 100 people each (i.e. 1~100, followed by 101~200 and so on), and these sub-sections will be self-regulated by concert-goers holding these ticket numbers. If you see a lost sheep who’s in the wrong zone, you can probably direct them to the right place or get a staff member to assist.
You will not be allowed to move in and out of the queuing area after 2.30pm, so if you have urgent business (such as visiting the loo), please do so before the deadline or risk having to go in after all the other standing patrons have entered.
However, if you do need to get a drink or visit the toilet after 2.30pm, there will be vending machines selling snacks and drinks near the F&B stalls at the Singapore Indoor Stadium for those who are in the queue. In addition, water coolers and restrooms are also available in both locations.
At any time, if someone is feeling unwell, contact a staff member immediately and medical assistance will be rendered.
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5. Entering the stadium
For those in the queuing area, there’s no point in running as you enter as it will only cause unnecessary panic and distress for everyone else (you included). Enter in an orderly and calm manner, and save your energy to cheer for the boys once they come on stage.
For those in the seating area, there’s even less reason for you to run to your seat because all seats are reserved, and your seat isn’t going to disappear even if you don’t get there on time. Be. Safe.
Once you’re in the National Stadium, food and drink concession stands are available from 4pm, when doors open, so again, please do remember to keep yourself well hydrated and fed.
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Yes, we know that seeing BTS in the flesh can be a really, really exhilarating experience (trust us, we know), but do remember to be safe during the show. ARMY Bombs are great, but waving them around too wildly will probably cause some injuries, which we want to avoid at all costs.
If you’re in the standing area, don’t try to push your way forward and if others are pushing you from whichever direction, it often helps to either tell them not to do so, ask a staff member for assistance. There have been instances in overseas concerts where the entire show was halted because of the amount of pushing going on in the standing areas, and since we don’t want that, let’s be kind to one another.
You may also want to have your fan chants memorised and ready to recite during the concert, and fans have been sharing compiled information as well - a quick search on Twitter, especially, will probably give you all you need (even if you have to sneak a peek during the show).
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7. After the show
Two and a half hours will probably pass by faster than you think. After the show is over, and you have collected all your emotions, it’s time to get home. Again, both human and vehicle traffic is almost certainly going to be very heavy, so do give yourself ample time to get home. Alternatively, if you don’t want to deal with that many people, there should be some food outlets nearby that are still open - you can head there for a quick bite and refresh yourselves before you head home and wait for Toggle to upload the post-concert review and photos.