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BTS World Tour : Love Yourself is the third worldwide concert tour headlined by the South Korean boy band BTS to promote their Love Yourself series, Love Yourself 'Her', Love Yourself 'Tear' and Love Yourself 'Answer'. The tour will begin 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, Brazil, and Thailand.

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. The video revealed an initial schedule of 22 concerts across 11 cities, spanning Seoul to California, Ontario to London, Amsterdam to Paris, with more dates and venues said to be awaiting confirmation. The information was also posted on Big Hit's official website and across all their official social media platforms as well. After news of the world tour broke, multiple hashtags trended worldwide on social media, including the tour's namesake tag – #LOVE_YOURSELF, highlighting the level of anticipation surrounding the event.

Before the international leg of the tour started, Big Hit announced BTS wasn't going to give interviews during the tour, during their American leg they made a couple of exceptions adding two schedules. The first one a conversation with the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles where the group reflected in the message they want to give through music on September 10 and a performance in the popular TV show America's Got Talent thanks to an invitation by the famous model and host Tyra Banks recorded the same day and aired September 12 on NBC.

Reception

Commercial

According to ticket resale site StubHub BTS was one of 2018's best selling concerts in the world, second to only Ed Sheeran. 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.

On August 4, Big Hit 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. 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. Dates for nine dome concerts in Japan were announced on July 30 across the group's social media platforms. In Japan, it came in at nineteenth overall for 2018 best selling concerts. In Singapore, tickets sold out in less than four hours.

Tickets went on sale May 5, 2018 for the Newark, Fort Worth, and Los Angeles shows and sold out in seconds. Due to the high demand, an additional date was added to the Los Angeles lineup, with tickets going on sale May 9, 2018. Tickets for the Oakland, Chicago, and Hamilton shows went on sale May 7, 2018. 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 All fourteen stops completely sold out. 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. Tickets for the show sold out in under ten minutes. 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". Yahoo Finance revealed that BTS were also the top-selling act and top-selling show artist in Canada for Fall 2018.

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

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. 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. 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. 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." 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. 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." 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."

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

Accolades

The Love Yourself tour was nominated for three awards during ticket sale website Ticketmaster's year-end awards, winning two of them. The Ticket of the Year Award was awarded to BTS following a user poll by Ticketmaster, using a database of roughly 200 million people to determine the most popular touring act of 2018. In addition, BTS was awarded the French ticket of the year award, which pulled from data via French Ticketmaster sales. The tour was also nominated for the "Most Anticipated Event of the Year, 2019" award, but did not receive it. Love Yourself also won grand prize award at the 6th Edaily Culture Awards for Best Concert. The Seoul performances were popular among judges because, according to Kim Eun-koo of Edaily, they "created a new history [for] K-pop". The skill of the performers and popularity of the event were also cited as influences on the decision.

Set List

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

Number Song Performed by
1. IDOL BTS
2. Save Me BTS
3. I'm Fine BTS
4. Magic Shop BTS
5. Trivia 起: Just Dance J-Hope
6. Euphoria Jungkook
7. I Need U BTS
8. Run BTS
9. Serendipity Jimin
10. Trivia 承: Love RM
11. DNA BTS
12. 21st Century Girl BTS
13. Go Go BTS
14. Blood Sweat & Tears BTS
15. Boy In Luv BTS
16. Danger BTS
17. Airplane Pt.2 BTS
18. Singularity V
19. FAKE LOVE BTS
20. Trivia 轉: Seesaw Suga
21. Epiphany Jin
22. The Truth Untold Jin, Jimin, V and Jungkook
23. Outro: Tear RM, Suga and J-Hope
24. MIC Drop BTS
25. So What BTS
26. Anpanman BTS
27. Answer: Love Myself BTS

Number Song Performed by
1. IDOL BTS
2. Save Me BTS
3. I'm Fine BTS
4. Magic Shop BTS
5. Trivia 起: Just Dance J-Hope
6. Euphoria Jungkook
7. I Need U BTS
8. Run BTS
9. Serendipity Jimin
10. Trivia 承: Love RM
11. DNA BTS
12. Boyz with Fun BTS
13. Attack on Bangtan BTS
14. Fire BTS
15. Silver Spoon BTS
16. Dope BTS
17. Airplane Pt.2 BTS
18. Singularity V
19. FAKE LOVE BTS
20. Trivia 轉: Seesaw Suga
21. Epiphany Jin
22. The Truth Untold Jin, Jimin, V and Jungkook
23. Outro: Tear RM, Suga and J-Hope
24. MIC Drop BTS
25. So What BTS
26. Anpanman BTS
27. Answer: Love Myself BTS

Number Song Performed by
1. IDOL BTS
2. Save Me BTS
3. I'm Fine BTS
4. Magic Shop BTS
5. Trivia 起: Just Dance J-Hope
6. Euphoria Jungkook
7. I Need U BTS
8. Run BTS
9. Serendipity Jimin
10. Trivia 承: Love RM
11. DNA BTS
12. Dope BTS
13. Go Go BTS
14. Blood Sweat & Tears BTS
15. Boy In Luv BTS
16. Fire BTS
17. Airplane Pt.2 BTS
18. Singularity V
19. FAKE LOVE BTS
20. Trivia 轉: Seesaw Suga
21. Epiphany Jin
22. The Truth Untold Jin, Jimin, V and Jungkook
23. Outro: Tear RM, Suga and J-Hope
24. MIC Drop BTS
25. So What BTS
26. Anpanman BTS
27. Answer: Love Myself BTS

Setlist Notes

  • Setlist A:
    • Seoul (August 25, 2018)
    • Los Angeles (September 5 & 8, 2018)
  • Setlist B:
    • Seoul (August 26, 2018)
    • Los Angeles (September 6 & 9, 2018)
    • Oakland (September 12, 2018)
    • Fort Worth (September 15 & 16, 2018)
    • Hamilton (September 20, 22, & 23 2018)
    • Newark (September 29, 2018)
    • Chicago (October 3, 2018)
    • New York (October 6, 2018)
    • London (October 9, 2018)
    • Amsterdam (October 13, 2018)
    • Berlin (October 17, 2018)
    • Paris (October 20, 2018)
    • Tokyo (November 13, 2018)
    • Osaka (November 21 & 24, 2018)
    • Taoyuan (December 9, 2018)
  • Setlist C:
    • Newark (September 28, 2018)
    • Chicago (October 2, 2018)
    • London (October 10, 2018)
    • Berlin (October 16, 2018)
    • Paris (October 19, 2018)
    • Tokyo (November 14, 2018)
    • Osaka (November 23, 2018)
    • Taoyuan (December 8, 2018)

Tour dates

Love Yourself Tour

Date City Country Venue Attendance
Asia
August 25, 2018 Seoul South Korea Seoul Olympic Stadium 90,000
August 26, 2018
North America
September 5, 2018 Los Angeles United States Staples Center 84,000/84,000
September 6, 2018
September 8, 2018
September 9, 2018
September 12, 2018 Oakland Oracle Arena 20,000/20,000
September 15, 2018 Fort Worth Fort Worth Convention Center 24,000/24,000
September 16, 2018
September 20, 2018 Hamilton Canada FirstOntario Centre 36,000/36,000
September 22, 2018
September 23, 2018
September 28, 2018 Newark United States Prudential Center 36,000/36,000
September 29, 2018
October 2, 2018 Chicago United Center 47,000/47,000
October 3, 2018
October 6, 2018 New York City Citi Field 40,000/40,000
Europe
October 9, 2018 London United Kingdom The O2 Arena 31,475/32,278
October 10, 2018
October 13, 2018 Amsterdam Netherlands Ziggo Dome 17,000/17,000
October 16, 2018 Berlin Germany Mercedes-Benz Arena 30,000/30,000
October 17, 2018
October 19, 2018 Paris France AccorHotels Arena 40,000/40,000
October 20, 2018
Asia
November 13, 2018 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome 380,000/380,000[N2]
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
December 9, 2018
January 12, 2019 Nagoya Japan Nagoya Dome [N2]
January 13, 2019
January 19, 2019 Singapore Singapore National Stadium 45,000/45,000
February 16, 2019 Fukuoka Japan Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome [N2]
February 17, 2019
March 20, 2019 Hong Kong AsiaWorld-Expo Arena 56,000/56,000
March 21, 2019
March 23, 2019
March 24, 2019
April 6, 2019 Bangkok Thailand Rajamangala National Stadium 80,000/80,000
April 7, 2019
Total 1,015,368 / 1,016,171

Speak Yourself extension

Background

BTS World Tour Love Yourself: Speak Yourself is an extension to the Love Yourself world tour, separated under a different name. The extension is slated to start on May 4, 2019 in Pasadena, California and will feature concerts in North and South America, Europe, and Asia, including the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, and Japan.

Speak Yourself was first announced on February 19, 2019 through the Big Hit Entertainment YouTube channel, where a spot for the extension was posted. The video featured clips of the BTS members performing, with the title and dates for the tour written on top of them. That same day, Live Nation was revealed as the concert promoter, with tickets sold through Ticketmaster.

Commercial reception

In North America, tickets sold out for all initial three dates in approximately two and a half hours. The Wembley Stadium stop sold out in 90 minutes and in France tickets sold out in about five and a half hours. Tickets went on sale in Brazil on March 11, 2019. Despite ticket sales website having connecting issues at the time, tickets sold out in 75 minutes. To accommodate demand, additional dates were added to all American, European, and Brazilian dates. The additional European dates sold out the same day they were listed.

According to pop music website PopCrush, the extension had higher first-day sales in the United States and Europe than the Rolling Stones' 2019 tour, which went on sale the same day. BTS are also the first Asian act to sell out the Rose Bowl.

Setlist

Number Song Performed by
1. Dionysus BTS
2. Outro: Wings BTS
3. Not Today BTS
4. Trivia 起: Just Dance J-Hope
5. Euphoria Jungkook
6. Best of Me BTS
7. Serendipity Jimin
8. Trivia 承: Love RM
9. Boy With Luv (feat. Halsey) BTS
10. Dope BTS
11. Silver Spoon BTS
12. Fire BTS
13. IDOL BTS
14. Singularity V
15. FAKE LOVE (Rocking Vibe Mix) BTS
16. Trivia 轉: Seesaw Suga
17. Epiphany Jin
18. The Truth Untold Jin, Jimin, V and Jungkook
19. Outro: Tear RM, Suga and J-Hope
20. MIC Drop BTS
21. Anpanman BTS
22. So What BTS
23. Make It Right BTS
24. Mikrokosmos BTS

Extension dates

Date City Country Venue Attendance
Leg 1 - North America
May 4, 2019 Los Angeles United States Rose Bowl 113,040 / 113,040
May 5, 2019
May 11, 2019 Chicago Soldier Field 88,156 / 88,156
May 12, 2019
May 18, 2019 New Jersey MetLife Stadium 98,574 / 98,574
May 19, 2019
Leg 2 - South America
May 25, 2019 São Paulo Brazil Allianz Parque 84,728 / 84,728
May 26, 2019
Leg 3 - Europe
June 1, 2019 London England Wembley Stadium 114,583 / 114,583
June 2, 2019
June 7, 2019 Paris France Stade de France 107,328 / 107,328
June 8, 2019
Leg 4 - Asia
July 6, 2019 Osaka Japan Yanmar Stadium Nagai 101,554 / 101,554
July 7, 2019
July 13, 2019 Shizuoka Shizuoka Stadium 107,153 / 107,153
July 14, 2019
October 11, 2019 Riyadh Saudi Arabia King Fahd International Stadium 31,899 / 37,141
October 26, 2019 Seoul South Korea Seoul Olympic Stadium 129,268 / 129,268
October 27, 2019
October 29, 2019
Total 976,283 / 981,525 (99,47%)

Notes

  1. ^  The "Love Yourself" section of the tour ended on April 7, 2019, however a separately named extension, called BTS World Tour Love Yourself: Speak Yourself, was eventually added.
  2. ^ 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.[1]

Trivia

  • On October 9, Jungkook was performing while seated at the group’s October 9 concert in London. Following the rehearsal and sound check, Jungkook was lightly stretching in the waiting room when he collided with floor furnishings and suffered an injury to his heel. Medical staff immediately responded and performed the necessary treatment. The opinion of the medical team is that while the injury is not serious, performing choreography may do further damage to the injured area.

Videos

Gallery

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References

BTS
RM | Jin | Suga | J-Hope | Jimin | V | Jungkook
Discography
Korean
Studio albums Dark & Wild | Wings (You Never Walk Alone) | Love Yourself: Tear
Mini albums O!RUL8,2? | Skool Luv Affair (Skool Luv Affair Special Addition) | The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1 | The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2 | Love Yourself: Her | Map of the Soul: Persona
Compilation albums The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever | Love Yourself: Answer
Single album 2 Cool 4 Skool
Soundtrack album BTS World: Original Soundtrack
Digital singles Danger (Mo-Blue-Mix) (Feat. Thanh) | Come Back Home | FAKE LOVE (Rocking Vibe Mix) | Dream Glow | A Brand New Day | All Night | Make It Right (feat. Lauv) | Make It Right (feat. Lauv) (EDM Remix) | Make It Right (feat. Lauv) (Acoustic Remix)
Collaborations Ashes | Love U Hate U | Bad Girl | Because I'm a Foolish Woman | Song To Make You Smile
Other releases With Seoul
Unofficial songs
A Typical Trainee's Christmas | Born Singer | So 4 More | We Are Bulletproof Pt. 1 | Perfect Man | Young Forever (Unplugged Ver.) | Rainism | As I Told You | Class Idea | Without A Heart | Spring Day (Brit Rock Remix) | Seesaw x I Need U Remix
Japanese
Studio albums Wake Up | Youth | Face Yourself
Compilation albums 2 Cool 4 Skool / O!RUL8,2? | The Best of BTS -Korea Edition- | The Best of BTS -Japan Edition-
Singles No More Dream | Boy In Luv | Danger | For You | I Need U | Run | Blood Sweat & Tears | MIC Drop/DNA/Crystal Snow | FAKE LOVE/Airplane Pt.2 | Lights/Boy With Luv
Chinese
Digital singles Boy In Luv
English
Digital singles MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix) (Feat. Desiigner) | Waste It On Me | Waste It On Me (Slushii Remix) | Waste It On Me (Cheat Codes Remix) | Waste It On Me (W&W Remix) | Waste It On Me (Steve Aoki The Bold Tender Sneeze Remix)
Concerts
Concerts &
Worlds Tours

Concerts: BTS Live Trilogy Episode I: BTS Begins (2015)
World Tours: BTS Live Trilogy Episode II: The Red Bullet (2014) | BTS's First Japan Tour-Wake Up: Open Your Eyes (2015) | BTS Live The Most Beautiful Moment in Life On Stage (2015–2016) | BTS Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour (2017) | BTS World Tour: Love Yourself (2018–2019)

Events

South Korea: BTS 1st Fan Meeting: Muster (2014) | BTS 2nd Muster: ZIP CODE : 22920 (2016) | BTS 3rd Muster: ARMY.ZIP + (2016) | BTS 4th Muster: Happy Ever After (2018) | BTS 5th Muster: Magic Shop (2019)
Japan: BTS Japan Official Fanmeeting Vol.1 (2014) | BTS Japan Official Fanmeeting Vol.2 -Undercover Mission- (2015) | BTS Japan Official Fanmeeting Vol.3 ~Reaching You~ (2016) | BTS Japan Official Fanmeeting Vol.4 ~Happy Ever After~ (2018) | BTS Japan Official Fanmeeting Vol.5: Magic Shop (2019)
Others: HAPPY BTS DAY PARTY (2016) | BTS HOME PARTY (2017) | BTS PROM PARTY -RE;VIEW & PRE;VIEW- (2018)

Others
Other

Studios | BTS Festa | BT21

Videography

Films: Burn The Stage: The Movie | BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul | Bring The Soul: The Movie
Television: Rookie King: Channel Bangtan | BTS American Hustle Life |Problematic Men | BTS Comeback Show | BTS Countdown | BTS Variety Chronicles
Web series: BTS GO! | BTS: Lucky Draw | Run BTS! | BTS Gayo | BTS: Bon Voyage | BTS: Burn The Stage | Bring The Soul: Docu-Series
Drama series: Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth | Hello? Mr.Bangtan
DVDs: BTS Now | Season's Greetings | BTS Memories | Summer Package
Games: SuperStar BTS | Puzzle Star BT21 | BTS World
Others: Bangtan Log | BTS Episode | Bangtan Bomb | BTS Live | Eat Jin | Hope On The Street | Hwagae Market | G.C.F | BigHit Episode | RM no Hangul Hangul | BTS Vacation Log

Bibliography

Books: The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: The Notes | The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: The Notes 1
Webtoons: We On: Be The Shield | The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt.0: Save Me

BTS Universe
Eras

School Trilogy | Youth Trilogy | Wings | Love Yourself | Map of the Soul

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