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BTS World Tour: Love Yourself
World tour by BTS
BTS World Tour Love Yourself logo.png
Associated albumLove Yourself: Her
Love Yourself: Tear
Love Yourself: Answer
Face Yourself
Start dateAugust 25, 2018
End dateTBA
Legs8
No. of shows
  • 23 in Asia
  • 18 in North America
  • 9 in Europe
  • 1 in South America
  • 51 in Total
BTS concert chronology

BTS World Tour: Love Yourself is the third worldwide concert tour headlined by South Korean band BTS to promote their Love Yourself series, including their Love Yourself: Her EP, Love Yourself: Tear studio album, and Love Yourself: Answer compilation album.[1] The tour began on August 25, 2018 in South Korea and is set to visit 12 countries thus far, including Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Germany, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand.[2]

On February 20, 2019, BTS announced new stadium tour dates under the name "BTS World Tour 'Love Yourself: Speak Yourself'" starting on May 4, 2019 at Rosebowl Stadium in Los Angeles.

Background

On April 26, 2018, Big Hit Entertainment released a trailer on their official YouTube channel announcing an upcoming world tour.[3] The video revealed an initial schedule of 22 concerts across 11 cities worldwide.[4][5] After the announcement, multiple hashtags trended worldwide on social media, including the tour's namesake tag— #LOVE_YOURSELF, highlighting the level of anticipation surrounding the event.[6]

Reception

Commercial

On August 4, BigHit Entertainment confirmed all 90,000 tickets for the Seoul shows (August 25 and 26) were sold out after the second public sale on August 3.[7] On August 17, it was announced that only from the first two concerts at the Seoul Olympic Stadium in Seoul, BTS was projected to make USD 8.4 Million (KRW 95 Billion) in ticket revenue alone.[8]

Tickets went on sale May 5, 2018 for the Newark, Fort Worth, and Los Angeles shows and sold out in seconds.[9][10] Due to the high demand, an additional date was added to the Los Angeles lineup, with tickets going on sale May 9, 2018.[10] Tickets for the Oakland, Chicago, and Hamilton shows went on sale May 7, 2018.[9] Tickets for the Hamilton shows sold out in just over an hour, with organizers for the Ontario stop, Core Entertainment, revealing they would have sold out faster if not for the strain put on Ticketmaster's online system due to the heavy influx of site traffic, the likes of which had not been seen for any ticketing held before.[11] All fourteen stops completely sold out.[12] A fifteenth and final stop of the North American leg, Citi Field in New York, was later announced on August 8, making BTS the first Korean artist to hold a concert at a stadium in the United States.[13] Tickets for the show sold out in under ten minutes.[14]

The London, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Paris stops mark the group's first and biggest European headline shows to date.[15] Tickets went on sale June 1,[16] with the London dates selling out in two minutes, and the Berlin shows selling out in nine minutes.[17]

Dates for nine dome concerts in Japan were announced on July 30 across the group's social media platforms.[18]

On September 9, Variety announced that BTS, and singer Elton John, were the top touring acts of Fall 2018 in the United States. According to StubHub, BTS entered the "highest-selling act" and "best-selling shows" lists with the "highest-selling average sales per show position".[19] Yahoo Finance revealed that BTS were also the top-selling act and top-selling show artist in Canada for Fall 2018.[20] On October 7 it was estimated that BTS sold a total of 790,000 tickets, selling out all current concerts venues and with more dates expected to be added to the tour.[21]

According to StubHub BTS was one of 2018's best selling concerts in the world, second to only Ed Sheeran.[22] In Japan, it came in at nineteenth overall for 2018 best selling concerts.[23]

Critical

The Love Yourself received positive reviews from critics. For the first concerts in America, local media reported in Los Angeles since the moment fans started to camp outside the Staples Center days ahead the concert.[24] Philip Cosores from Uproxx described BTS' Staples Center 4 night concerts as "Enormous, multi-sensory experience" bringing an "Inclusive" and "Multicultural experience" where music is above any language barrier.[25] Tiffany Taylor from The Hollywood Reporter noted for Billboard News the "Amazing choreography" praising the solo performances and energy of the fans as highlight of the night.[26] Jim Harrington from The Mercury News referred to the Oracle Arena concert on Oakland as "the hottest concert of the year in the Bay Area" noting the solo performances as "witnessing seven individual stars, each of whom could enjoy a successful solo career."[27] For the Chicago show critic Kim Youngdae stated their strengths were the dazzling group displays, the artistry in the solo numbers, and how immersive it was.[28] Crystal Bell from MTV said about the tour, "BTS have created an experience so captivating, so inclusive, and so visually stunning that it’s cemented the boy band as one of the most vital acts in pop music today."[29] The Quietus wrote about the European tour as " The show is about a search for self-identity. After two-and-a-half hours of costume changes, pulsing beats, soaring high notes and the impossible iconic beauty of their videos, BTS walk to the front of the stage in low-key jeans and T-shirts. As they sing the last song, ‘Anpanman’, which is about a new kind of superhero, we realise that their awkwardness and sensitivity is also the source of their strength."[30]

The Denisonian rated the concert ten out of ten, stating the music, visuals, dancing, and fans is what made it a great experience.[31] Vivid Seats named BTS the 2018 artist of the year, citing the group's history-making concert at Citi Field. [32]

Setlist

BTS features three set lists for their concerts. It includes the same songs except for the title medley (#12 to #16).[33]

Tour dates

Love Yourself tour

Date City Country Venue Attendance Revenue
Leg 1 - Asia
August 25, 2018 Seoul South Korea Seoul Olympic Stadium 90,000/90,000[34] $8,411,739[34]
August 26, 2018
Leg 2 - North America
September 5, 2018 Los Angeles United States Staples Center 84,000/84,000[35] TBA
September 6, 2018
September 8, 2018
September 9, 2018
September 12, 2018 Oakland Oracle Arena 20,000/20,000[36]
September 15, 2018 Fort Worth Fort Worth Convention Center 24,000/24,000[37]
September 16, 2018
September 20, 2018 Hamilton Canada FirstOntario Centre 36,000/36,000[38]
September 22, 2018
September 23, 2018
September 28, 2018 Newark United States Prudential Center 36,000/36,000[39]
September 29, 2018
October 2, 2018 Chicago United Center 47,000/47,000[40]
October 3, 2018
October 6, 2018 New York City Citi Field 40,000/40,000[41]
Leg 3 - Europe
October 9, 2018 London England The O2 Arena 31,475/32,278[42] $4,943,140 [42]
October 10, 2018
October 13, 2018 Amsterdam Netherlands Ziggo Dome 13,893/13,893[43] $2,250,000[43]
October 16, 2018 Berlin Germany Mercedes-Benz Arena 30,000/30,000[44] TBA
October 17, 2018
October 19, 2018 Paris France AccorHotels Arena 28,149/28,149[43] $4,580,000[43]
October 20, 2018
Leg 4 - Asia
November 13, 2018 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome 380,000/380,000[a][45] $44,477,061[b][46]
November 14, 2018
November 21, 2018 Osaka Kyocera Dome Osaka
November 23, 2018
November 24, 2018
December 8, 2018 Taoyuan Taiwan Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium 50,000/50,000[47] $7,111,720[48]
December 9, 2018
January 12, 2019 Nagoya Japan Nagoya Dome [a] [b]
January 13, 2019
January 19, 2019 Singapore Singapore National Stadium 45,000/45,000[49] TBA
February 16, 2019 Fukuoka Japan Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome [a] [b]
February 17, 2019
March 20, 2019 Hong Kong AsiaWorld–Expo 56,000/56,000[50] TBA
March 21, 2019
March 23, 2019
March 24, 2019
April 6, 2019 Bangkok Thailand Rajamangala National Stadium 80,000/80,000[51]
April 7, 2019

Love Yourself: Speak Yourself tour

Date City Country Venue Attendance Revenue
Leg 1 - North America
May 4, 2019 Pasadena United States Rose Bowl TBA TBA
May 11, 2019 Chicago Soldier Field
May 18, 2019 East Rutherford MetLife Stadium
Leg 2 - South America
May 25, 2019 São Paulo Brazil Allianz Parque TBA TBA
Leg 3 - Europe
June 1, 2019 London England Wembley Stadium TBA TBA
June 7, 2019 Saint-Denis France Stade de France
Leg 4 - Asia
July 6, 2019 Osaka Japan Yanmar Stadium Nagai TBA TBA
July 7, 2019
July 13, 2019 Shizuoka Shizuoka Stadium
July 14, 2019

Awards

Awards
Year Organization Award Result Ref.
2018 Ticketmaster Global Ticket of the Year Won [52]
2019 Edaily Culture Awards Best Concert Won [53]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c The score data is combined from the shows held in Japan from November 13, 14, 21, 23, 24, January 12, 13, February 16, & 17 respectively.
  2. ^ a b c Sales are combined from the shows held in Japan from November 13, 14, 21, 23, 24, January 12, 13, February 16, & 17 respectively.

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