BTS postpones American tour

People | REUTERS 30 Mar 2020

South Korean boy band BTS will postpone a North America tour that had been scheduled to kick off next month due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, its management has said.

The seven-member K-pop group was due to begin its United States and Canada tour on April 25 in Santa Clara, with stops in Los Angeles, Dallas, Orlando, Atlanta, New Jersey, Washington and Toronto, before wrapping up in Chicago in June.

Big Hit Entertainment said new dates have not been set yet but all reserved tickets remained valid. "We are closely monitoring and following the guidance of all local governments regarding public events to ensure we are providing a safe environment for everyone involved as we continue to update our tour plans," Big Hit said on Friday in a statement on the fan community app Weverse.

The delay came as the United States overtook China and Italy as the country with the most infections. Last week, BTS indefinitely delayed sales of tickets for its Europe tour, which was set to start in July and take in the cities of Barcelona, Berlin, London and Rotterdam. Last month, it also canceled a concert in Seoul set for April as South Korea grapples with the pandemic.

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