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BTS are back on stage, but why were fans not allowed to sing along?

South Korean supergroup, BTS, made their eagerly anticipated return to the stage in Seoul
South Korean supergroup, BTS, made their eagerly anticipated return to the stage in Seoul   -   Copyright  AFP   -  
By Theo Farrant  & AFP

South Korean supergroup BTS returned to the stage in Seoul on Thursday for the first time since 2019.

The show marked the first of three concerts for their 'Permission to Dance on Stage' tour at the capital's Olympic Stadium.

Tickets for the three concerts - 45,000 in all - sold out within minutes.

Since BTS' last performance for domestic fans in 2019, the band has gone from strength to strength despite the pandemic, with three Billboard-topping singles and two Grammy nominations.

No singing, screaming or chanting

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The concert went underway despite South Korea battling an Omicron spike, with more than 300,000 cases reported on Thursday.AFP

Due to COVID regulations, fans were barred from singing, screaming or chanting.

Instead, attendees were handed fan clappers before the show in order to show their support.

"This concert will be unforgettable forever," said band member Suga during the concert. "Please kindly cheer silently."

Band leader RM, whose real name is Kim Nam-joon, said they were thrilled to be performing in front of a live audience again.

Check out the video above to see BTS' returns to the stage

Video editor • Theo Farrant