BTS 8th Anniversary ‘Festa’ Celebration Was Proof That Teamwork Makes The Dream Work

“A miracle isn’t huge, it’s just that,” BTS frontman RM said, his expression a little heavy during the closing comments of the two-day concert weekend, on the occasion of the eighth year of the group together. “It’s just that, this fellowship that we feel.

RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook know a thing or two about fellowship. As the pandemic continued to delay their planned world tour for 2020 and prevented the Korean septet from attending their first Grammys as nominees or performing in front of an audience, they found other ways to connect with them. fans throughout these tough months.

Hope is on the horizon, and it is almost poetic that today, June 14, South Korea lifted concert restrictions, allowing up to 4,000 people at future events, missing out on few hours the extravagance of BTS’s birthday. Instead, the show was broadcast virtually to allow for global participation, although the arena (which featured an eight-shaped stage but laid out horizontally to also evoke an infinity sign) remained empty.

Yet BTS has always proven that the show has to go on, and during June 13-14, the virtual celebration of the band’s official debut date was a show worthy of the kings of the charts. (“Butter” currently sits at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week.)

Numerous top of BTS’s charts were on the two-day agenda, including the most recent “Life Goes On,” “Dynamite” and “Butter,” as well as staples like “Idol” and “Fire.” The group also made their November B-sides debut, with subunits taking on “Stay” and “Fly To My Room”.

Perhaps most exciting (at least for this writer) was the inclusion of “Dis-ease,” the soaked ’90s banger that landed on our list of the best songs of 2020. For anyone with a firm commitment in the “Dis-ease” program, a time of rest has finally arrived, inaugurated by the soft sounds of this perfect bridge.

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Each concert also featured a solo song (day one was from Suga, day two from J-Hope), remixed to include the entire band. There is a freedom granted to BTS in their solo projects that allows members to explore individual sounds and aesthetics, a contractual process rarely granted to Western groups. Often times when a band member wants to play solo, they do so solo. But BTS, who always seem to insist on throwing out the rulebook, don’t just come back to each other after they drop mixtapes, solo albums, or individual music videos – they invite the other members in for fun.

The first day featured a group performance of “Daechwita,” Suga’s scorched earth war cry released under his solo moniker Agust D, also marking the first time the song has been performed live. Sitting appropriately on a throne, sword in hand, he watched the members join the unusually difficult trail, clearly trying to stay in the character of a detached king gone mad, but of course he was unable to. contain his affectionate smile.

On day two, the group faced off against neon-soaked “Chicken Noodle Soup”, a distinctly J-Hope creation, notably featuring RM and Jimin rapping in Spanish for Becky G.

These solo tracks turned into team efforts between the seven members are a thesis for how BTS works: exploring their own skills, pushing each other as artists, but always happier when they are on the same stage, together. . Eight years is a long time to perform in a group, and it’s hard not to believe the members when they say they have transcended the label of group mates and see themselves more as family.

After almost a decade, they’ve broken so many records and shattered barriers in a way that would seem almost miraculous if they weren’t so forthright about their many ups and downs.

After all, seven young men from different backgrounds have come together to rule the world through hard work, the right fusion of talents, and the power of kindness – isn’t that a bit of a miracle in itself?

Set List (Day 1):
Life goes on
Butter
Dynamite (Tropical Version)
Go forward
Stay
Fly in my room
Daechwita (BTS version)
Idol
Disease
Fire
So what
Not today
Wish a star
One more story: you never walk alone
Mikrokosmos

Set List (Day 2):
Life goes on
Butter
Dynamite (Tropical Version)
Movie release
Stay
Fly in my room
Chicken noodle soup (BTS version)
Telepathy
Disease
Fire
So what
Not today
Wish a star
One more story: you never walk alone
Mikrokosmos

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