Although Korean hip-hop boy group BTS, consisting of members Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Rap Monster, Jimin, V and Jungkook has only debuted for slightly more than a year, the group has already garnered a sizeable fanbase of ARMY in Singapore, as seen by the impressive turnout for both the Fansign and Hi-5 session on 12th December and their first concert here – 2014 BTS Live Trilogy Episode II: The Red Bullet in Singapore on 13th December.
Only the first 100 VVIP ticket holders who managed to purchase the Dark & Wild album on the spot at Shaw House Urban Plaza on the 12th got the opportunity to obtain autographs from each of the BTS members, but all the VVIP ticket holders were entitled to go on stage for a high-five session. Hours before the event started, passionate ARMY were already singing and fanchanting to their idols’ songs that were blasting at the venue. The Fansign and Hi-5 session saw the members having close-up interaction with their fans, and they were also seen mouthing the lyrics to their songs playing the background, prompting excited fans to scream and follow along. Before BTS’ first official event in Singapore came to an end, leader Rapmon thanked the fans for coming and also apologized for turning up late due to some circumstances.
The Singapore leg of BTS’ The Red Bullet tour took place the next evening at Star Theatre, where the entire venue was almost filled up by passionate ARMY, not only from Singapore but also international fans who specially flew over to catch their boys. The concert began with an introduction in a classroom setting from the dancers leading up to the first song of the night, N.O. BTS continued with an explosive performance of We Are Bulletproof Pt. 2, before greeting their fans and introducing themselves, amongst the loud screams of the passionate ARMY.
BTS continued to turn up the heat with We On and Hip Hop Lover, before taking a notch down with Let Me Know and Rain. The members showed the cute side of them during Blanket Kick as they did aegyo (cutesy gestures) while performing on the sofa and bed props, garnering fans’ screams every time some cute action was displayed.
During Just One Day, everyone raised up banners for a surprise fan project which took the members by a pleasant surprise. Jin and Jungkook were tasked to continue with their aegyo performance in Look Here after losing a game of scissors paper stone, followed with Jungkook, Jimin, V and Jin showing their vocal side with Outro: Propose.
The boys put up a series of explosive performances with No More Dream and Cypher PT.3 : KILLER, War of Hormone and Danger, along with the loud fanchants and synchronized wavings of lightsticks. BTS also performed fan favourites such as So 4 More, Tomorrow, I Like It, If I Ruled The World and Miss Right, which also saw another fan project with banners being raised up.
The crowd went wild with the last song, Boy In Luv, which was followed by chants of encore right after they went backstage. A VCR of BTS’ journey from predebut to the present was shown, which left touched ARMY tearing, as the boys returned to stage with Path. For the final songs of the night, Rapmon requested for the fans to put down their phones and cameras, and to put their hands up instead – and indeed, hands were all up in the air for The Rise of Bangtan and Satoori Rap.
For more photos of BTS at The Red Bullet in Singapore:
BTS (Bangtan Boys) The Red Bullet Concert in SG – Meet&Greet
BTS (Bangtan Boys) The Red Bullet Concert in SG