Boy band BTS make history at Wembley

LONDON • South Korean boy band BTS have joined the premier league in Britain.

Performing on Saturday before a 60,000-strong crowd in London's Wembley Stadium, they proved they were a match for any of the world's musical goliaths.

BTS, in the first of two sold-out gigs, scored with 24 songs, including winners from new album Map Of The Soul: Persona.

Before kicking off the first show, with the second on Sunday, band member Suga told reporters: "As a singer, there are some dream stages. Since I was young, when I watched (British rockers) Queen at (charity show) Live Aid, I have dreamed of performing here.

"I couldn't sleep last night, thinking that I am performing at Wembley."

Saturday's gig was livestreamed globally.

"You guys always had the greatest artists, historically, in the music industry - Beatles, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Adele. So Britain was like the big, big wall to me," singer RM told the crowd.

"But tonight, we and you guys broke the wall."

The two concerts represented a promotion for BTS to the premier league, since they had performed at the smaller O2 Arena in London just eight months earlier.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2019, with the headline 'Boy band BTS make history at Wembley'. Print Edition | Subscribe