Seoul set to mark return of live music with March 2022 BTS concert

The seven-piece boy band hinted at news of a concert on Twitter, exciting fans

BTS arrives at the Jingle Ball at the Forum on Friday, Dec.  3, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif.  (Photo by Richard Shotwell / Invision / AP)
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K-pop sensation BTS hope to hold an in-person concert in Seoul for the first since the pandemic.

The band hinted at the news in a tweet on Friday, saying to fans: "See you in Seoul, March 2022."

The tweet included hashtags for the group's Permission to Dance stage performances, but provided no other details.

Yonhap News Agency reported unnamed officials at the group's management company, Bighit Music, as saying they would push to hold the event in person to give fans in South Korea a chance to see the singers.

A Bighit press release said the next city in the BTS tour will be Seoul, but the company did not immediately confirm if the event would be in person.

On Thursday the seven-member BTS concluded a series of four live performances in California, the group's first in-person concerts since 2019.

Some of the most ardent South Korean fans flew to California for the concerts.

Plans for a world tour were repeatedly delayed and then cancelled, owing to the pandemic.

In early 2020, South Korea was one of the first countries to suffer a major Covid-19 outbreak outside China, where the pandemic began in 2019.

South Korea has been forced to reimpose some social-distancing measures just weeks after loosening them in October, to try and curb record numbers of infections despite a vaccination rate of 91.6 per cent for its adult population aged 18 and over.

The surge of new infections includes six confirmed cases of the Omicron variant that emerged last month, first reported by South Africa.

- Additional reporting by Reuters

Updated: December 06, 2021, 8:31 AM