An upcoming concert on July 17, called 2021 Together Again, hyped as a return to large-scale offline K-pop concerts as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, has now been moved online due to the spike in COVID-19 cases.
Due to the spread of Corona 19 and the rapid increase in the number of confirmed cases, this performance will be switched to non-face-to-face. As a result, the ticket reservation scheduled for today will be completely canceled, and guidance on online viewing due to non-face-to-face conversion will be announced again at a later date. All the officials did their best until the end, but the current situation was very serious and it was decided that it was impossible to proceed with the performance. I am very sorry as many people have been waiting for it, not only for the audience and fans, but also for the industry workers and the artists who appear for this face-to-face performance after a long time. We are going through a very exhausting and difficult time due to Corona 19 for a long time, but we will continue to prepare well for a safe performance, looking forward to the day when this situation will end as soon as possible and the venue will be filled with shouts. Thank you.
Previously, at the start of the month, the Korea Management Federation (KMF) had fashioned the concert as a milestone in a return to normalcy.
Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic hit last February, offline K-pop concerts have all but disappeared. However, recent governmental protocols have eased up on large-scale music concerts by allowing a maximum of 4,000 audience members attend such events starting from June 14. From next month, a maximum of 5,000 people will be allowed to attend music concerts. “This concert will become a significant milestone, setting a new direction for the future K-pop concerts,” the federation said in a statement. “We hope that the concert can be wrapped up successfully and signal the recovery of our normal lives.”
As I’ve been noting on social media, it seems like every other K-pop news update nowadays involves COVID-19 in some way, whether it’s postponements, cancellations, or test results, it’s been hard not to notice the onslaught. That serves as a bit of a wake-up call (especially for Americans like me) that the pandemic is anything but over, and Korea is actually facing record highs for their country right now.