BTS, you are the cause of our euphoria

We can’t believe the South Korean super-group’s record-breaking concert at Singapore’s National Stadium has come and gone

BTS, you are the cause of our euphoria
BTS, you are the cause of our euphoria
20 Jan 2019

BTS, you are the cause of our euphoria

Photos: Big Hit Entertainment, Twitter/BTS_BigHit

From the moment that BTS’s Love Yourself tour stop in Singapore was announced, we knew it wasn’t going to be just another ordinary concert.

For starters, there was the location - no other K-pop act has ever performed in the National Stadium. Even the biggest shows of that genre have only been held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium next door, but yesterday (Jan 19), that venue had a new role to play: as the waiting area for the standing pen attendees. Let that sink in.

Even those of us in the seated sections experienced something new. Because of the overwhelming turnout, we had to do what Singaporeans do best - queue - in a long, snaking line that brought us on a scenic tour along the Kallang River, before finally arriving at security checks and entering the arena.

The whole process took an hour, but it immediately became all worth it when the boys of BTS emerged on stage, each dressed in glittering suits and looking more than ready to rock out with their beloved ARMY (the fandom name). After an energetic performance of ‘Idol’, they immediately went straight into introductions, with all seven members speaking English (and drawing piercing shrieks of delight no matter what they said).

These elated responses from the 45,000-strong crowd would become a common occurrence throughout the three-hour gig, whether someone hit an impressive high note, executed a particularly sensual dance move, or did an adorable gesture to the close-up live feed camera.

In fact, sometimes the septet did not even need to do anything at all to elicit these decibel-busting cheers. Fans seemed happy enough to be breathing the same air as them (weren’t you?).

(Continued on next slide: Each BTS member shone with solo stages)

Each BTS member shone with solo stages
Each BTS member shone with solo stages
20 Jan 2019

Each BTS member shone with solo stages

Of course, the main attractions were the spectacular live performances of over 20 songs, most of which were more recent releases, but also included a handful of older classics like ‘I Need U’, ‘Run’, ‘Fire’, and ‘Dope’. The sets were all accompanied by some truly mesmerising visual effects, not just from the stage itself, but also from the Army Bomb light sticks, which were synced to flash and change colour according to the beat of the track that was being played.

Each member of the septet also had his own time in the spotlight with his solo track from the band’s loop-worthy Love Yourself: Answer album. J-Hope got the ball rolling with ‘Trivia 起: Just Dance’ (complete with some wicked dance breaks); Jungkook took us all to utopia with ‘Euphoria’; while Jimin displayed a stunning combination of strength, grace, and flexibility during ‘Serendipity’.

Then we had V, who drove everyone crazy with pretty much every little thing he did during ‘Singularity’ (he cracked a smile a couple of times, clearly amused at the reactions); RM and Suga being swag incarnate with ‘Trivia 承: Love’ and ‘Trivia 轉: Seesaw’ respectively; and Jin giving off Prince Charming vibes with his piano-playing and serenading during ‘Epiphany’.

Near the end of the show, the members all took some time to share their thoughts one by one, thanking fans for all their love and support, and expressing their joy at finally being able to return to Singapore with a full-fledged concert after so many years. After the very final song of the night, the uplifting ‘Answer: Love Myself’, RM declared, “It was the happiest day of our lives.”

Awww, the pleasure was all ours. As Jungkook croons in his solo single, “You are the cause of [our] euphoria.”

The crowd at BTS's concert at the National Stadium
The crowd at BTS's concert at the National Stadium
20 Jan 2019

The crowd at BTS's concert at the National Stadium

The crowd at BTS's concert at the National Stadium
The crowd at BTS's concert at the National Stadium
20 Jan 2019

The crowd at BTS's concert at the National Stadium

BTS shared this photo with fan-made banners right after the concert
BTS shared this photo with fan-made banners right after the concert
20 Jan 2019

BTS shared this photo with fan-made banners right after the concert

BTS shared this photo with fan-made banners right after the concert
BTS shared this photo with fan-made banners right after the concert
20 Jan 2019

BTS shared this photo with fan-made banners right after the concert

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