BTS fans have been angered recently by the decisions made by the Busan government surrounding their upcoming free concert. BTS will be soon performing to a crowd of 100,000 people at the World Expo 2030 Busan Korea Concert BTS on October 15, 2022. However, fans believe that the city is unprepared to take on the huge challenge.
Fans have been in uproar thanks to the infrastructural problems surrounding the concert. The government had decided to use the parking lot of a port facility in Ilgwang, Busan, to hold the concert. As the facility is at the far end of Busan, there are only three bridges available between the area and the nearest subway station. To get there, one would have to use a public bus from the station.
Transportation issues aside, the 100,000 people speculated to attend would also face difficulty entering and leaving the venue. The government has proposed entry to the venue to start at 9 am, to make sure all 100,000 concert-goers will be in place by 6 pm when the concert starts.
This might not have been such an issue if there were sufficient facilities in the area to cater to the concert-goers. But the area near the port is rather undeveloped at the moment. Without many restaurants in the area, concert-goers are preparing to bring their own for the long event. But the concert rules just released on August 31, 2022, reflected that viewers were not allowed to bring food into the venue.
Single-use lunchboxes, fast foods, delivery, and other outside food are prohibited.
— Busan Metropolitan City
While fans are able to bring in water and other beverages, all sorts of food and lunch boxes have been banned. Fans are outraged at the “careless treatment” of concert-goers.
- “Seems like they’re not going to cancel the concert and push through with it so the only way is for fans to boycott it. Is there anyone in the fandom pushing for one? It seems rather quiet.”
- “They’re gonna get ruined as they host the Expo. Is this a sign that you can’t be so immature with the Expo…”
- “They themselves will come in after stuffing their faces at sit at the good seats so why are they discriminating? What are they going to do about Busan’s ruined image over this?”
- “Please just call it off.”
- “Are they telling us to starve?”
Although it is common for concerts to disallow food and beverage on-site, it will be challenging for fans who enter early to withstand the wait without food. Even if the organizers set up food trucks around the arena, a 9-hour wait with limited and expensive food and long queues will be hard on the audience.