With two nights at the Allegiant Stadium, along with viewing parties at MGM’s Grand Garden Arena, merch-decorated hotel rooms, a Korean food café and exclusive pop-ups, BTS ARMY appeared next to “BTS Permission to Dance The City”, which covered the Strip with dance party vibes, light “bombs”, TinyTan and buckets of tears (of joy).
While BTS performed with “Permission to Dance” multi-day concerts in both Seoul and Los Angeles, their fans knew that Las Vegas would be different. Enlightened as “Dynamite”, Las Vegas appeared on BTS ARMY with an unprecedented takeover of events leading up to the weekend’s live performances on April 8 and 9, which captivated everyone on their own with a symphony of light, harmonious lyrics and heartfelt dance. If you have not seen BTS live, it is an unforgettable, unsurpassed experience that makes new recruits sign up for every song.
“Tonight is a very special night,” said BTS member RM, who addressed the audience during the extra issue on April 9th. “Of course we have a BTS concert with 50,000 ARMYs … I had my first American tour when I was 15. It was 2009 and the last stop was Las Vegas. But what captured my mind was the neon, the lights and “People’s faces, they all looked happy. So I was like, ‘When I grow up, and if I make some money, I’ll definitely come back and enjoy Las Vegas.’
He continued: “It feels really strange, because as a 15-year-old I thought about giving up music and returning to study again. I never thought I would come back and [have] these amazing stays with all my lovely friends. Thank you for coming back to Las Vegas – which makes this, tonight, very special. And I want to tell the little RM from 15 years, your life and your next Las Vegas will be amazing. ”
The teenage dream really came true when BTS’s “Permission to Dance” gave the audience just that – non-stop license to feel the music for two and a half hours. Although much of the flow and content did not appear to vary from previous versions of “Permission to Dance”, the experience remained transformative and fresh for audiences, who flocked from destinations around the world. Starting at At 7.30pm, the videos for the hits “Dynamite” and “Butter” played like a sea of ARMY bombs or candlesticks turning purple in chorus. They were followed by a video vignette known as “VCR” showing BTS as a prisoner in an interrogation room, escaping their shackles and being released – permission to dance given? Probably so.
BTS first appeared on stage for a high-energy Act One with songs such as “On”, “Fire”, “Dope” and “DNA”, wearing red and white tracksuits. Along with dozens of dancers in white, candlesticks turned red across the stadium to “Fire.”
During a “VCR 2” video vignette, the seven-member group plays pool, dances and hangs out before appearing for the next act, where the show becomes dramatic in tone. The second act feels like it’s the right start to the “Permission to Dance” manifesto, where the amount of dizzying, screaming and appealing fans grows more for each chord.
The gripping and beautiful “Black Swan” filled the stage as the large troupe of dancers, now also dressed in black, wore sleeves. Remains of feathers floated through the air as the movement around the band members became more exaggerated, each with a chain accent on their black suits. The stunning staging of “Fake Love”, set in the middle of a lush sculpture of outstretched hands turning into a lotus flower, shut this set out.
In “VCR 3” we find BTS in a hotel room, get ready to host an epic party and then find a case of magic. With a single tap of the video, a rain of rainbow confetti covers the audience, connecting what we see on screen and to the joy of real life.
The third act brings with it BTS ‘biggest hits in the US, including “Dynamite” and “Butter”. Equipped in Easter egg pastels with a nod to 70s glam chic, the band’s stylized dance moves reminded Saturday night fever and matched the carefree lyrics, like the pyro and the fireworks, which marked all the big moments. J-Hope’s pink fedora stole the show.
The band gave fans a glimpse of Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, Jin and Jungkook up close, and the band circled the audience on two orange building lifts, placed on top of encapsulated purple balloons. Under “Wings” flowers, stuffed animals and other signs of appreciation fell from the crowd.
On their way into the extended extras, BTS closed their headsets with a thunderous, animalistic “Idol” performed with ecstatic dance moves.
In a 30-minute portion of the extra number, each BTS member had a chance to speak to the audience. The most notable difference between Saturday’s show and the previous night came during the encore. Friday night’s closer was packed with “Home”, “Airplane Pt. 2,” “Silver Spoon” and “Dis-ease”. On Saturday, ARMY was treated to the indispensable “Anpanman” and “Go Go” before large glowing balls hovered through the stadium for the concluding eponymous song “Permission to Dance”.
Glimpses of Jungkook’s abdominal muscles, posters of J-Hope’s meme-skilled “Wow”, Jimin’s new haircut, Jin’s injured hand and V’s references to Johnny Depp in Cry Baby hardly satiated the insatiable ARMY.
“BTS Permission to Dance” proved that the rainbow confetti supply chain is not broken, nor is it their fans’ hunger for band-related content.
On the business side, “The City” moves the paradigm of the concert business model – and extends an artist’s IP far beyond merch and meet and greets, into new territories.
The concept, an “urban concert playpark”, creates a comprehensive and immersive fan experience with entertainment activations that fans can enjoy before and after the concerts. Las Vegas is the perfect test site for such an event.
Through this partnership with HYBE, the management behind BTS, MGM Resorts offers BTS themed rooms at 11 hotels across the Las Vegas Strip and Korean dishes favored by BTS at CAFÉEN IN THE CITY. The Bellagio Fountains feature BTS ‘”Butter” and “Dynamit” in a new water screen.
At Area 15, an arts and entertainment attraction located off the Strip, ARMY gained access to “BTS Pop-Up: Permission to Dance,” which continues through April 17, an immersive journey with free tickets through the band’s history, music videos and moments with exclusive merchandise. A $ 25 ticket to “Behind the Stage” photography also features behind-the-scenes photography of the creation of “Permission to Dance.”
And as the rainbow streamers calm down, it’s time to do it all again next weekend as BTS returns to concert on April 15 and 16 with a livestream event on the closing night.