Okay – I really wanted to get this out for the past two weekends, but life happened with a bunch of unexpected events!
I have not just one but TWO BTS concerts to write about. Yes, you heard me right. That’s plural – we went to both Saturday and Sunday night’s concert in Hamilton, Ontario. Let me just say I did not regret it. Sure we’re now broke, but damn was it ever worth every single penny! We had a different vantage point each evening and I don’t have to tell you, BTS was just SO incredible live, seeing them the 2nd night just made the whole experience better.
This is definitely going to be a multi-part entry because there is no way I can describe everything I want to talk about in just one post.
Day 1 – Friday, September 21st
I wanted the whole weekend to be a mother-daughter get-away which we’ve never done before. Sure there’s been plenty of mother-daughter days where we go for brunch and a mani/pedi. And even to the zoo or museum when she was young while my husband was at the fire station for the weekend. But never any over-nighters. So this was special. My daughter and I splurged on the Sheraton in Hamilton, Club Level room.
Okay – truth is we had not choice BUT to splurge. I didn’t plan it very well. When we first landed a pair of tickets to the concert, I was so relieved I figured, Okay now that that’s out of the way, back to life! In the back of my mind I said to myself I’ll book the hotel and travel plans later.
The problem is I forgot that Hamilton is NOT that big of a city like Toronto. There are not a lot of hotels and I wanted to be in walking distance from the concert since Hamilton can be a bit run-down outside the main downtown core.
So when I finally went back to booking our rooms mid-summer, all there was left was the one of two more expensive rooms. I took the least expensive one but believe me, 3-nights staying like that ended up being just as expensive as buying 2 tickets per each concert night! Still, it was such an ideal location. A bonus was that they had my gym in the mall the hotel was attached to so guess who got a more proper workout instead of making do with a hotel gym (in my experience, you always get a lesser of a workout at hotel gyms).
When we arrived, it was pretty evident who took over Hamilton… ARMY, that’s who! The lobby was littered with both ARMY staying over at that hotel, or just resting in the lounge or in the Starbucks in the lobby before camping out all night across the street for first dibs to be next to the stage with their GA tickets. Lets just say I’m glad we had reserved seating. As much as I know my daughter would have loved to be right up front and close to BTS, I’m sorry, I love them but I like having a seat where I can just walk in to the stadium and plop myself down. What can I say? It’s not even an age thing – I’ve never been into being in a massive crowd of standing room only.
Walking around the streets close by the hotel, I noticed four different bus shelter posters of Jungkook:
It did not look like BigHit’s official poster for the BTS World Tour. And I noticed Jungkook’s birthday on the top left corner of each variation we saw. I’m going to guess ARMY did this as a little birthday message to him. But man – that must not have been cheap! Hopefully it was not just one ARMY who funded for this to happen but a community of them.
Day 2 – Saturday, September 22nd
We had purchased the Sunday night tickets first before I bought the reseller tickets for the Saturday night. And I purposely chose seats with a better view of the extended stage. As our Sunday was by the right of the main stage, I wanted to see the performance somewhat front and center. As BTS spent a majority of their time on the main stage, whenever they did go to the middle of the arena, those then situated behind that middle stage usually saw most of their backs. Though when they were not in a choreo formation they did their best to walk around the cat-walk and center stage to face in every direction of the crowd.
We probably arrived way too early. Like an hour and a half early. Truth is we didn’t know what to expect. Getting through security was fast, though – the line-ups moved quickly. Ahh… why I love reserved seating!
Still – we had a really great time sitting in the arena before the performance. They played a continuous stream of BTS music videos on both sides of the stage and ARMY was cheering and singing along to every single song! The energy and buzz was electrifying to say the least. And as we got closer and closer to the countdown, you could FEEL the excitement in the air!
When the guys finally made their appearance it was unreal how the audience erupted into cheers and screams. They went right into IDOL setting the tone for a full, energetic performance for the rest of the two and a half hours to follow.
I knew BTS was going to give us a great show. I’m happy to have experienced it live though – they are pros through and through. Their singing, rapping and dancing live (with no lip syncing) is hard to express with mere words. It was by far the best concert I have ever experienced as far as large venues are concerned. The way they interacted with the audience was quite interesting as well. I will get more into this the 2nd night as we were closer to the main stage, but I noticed they never cease to stop interacting with their fans when they were not in formation during a dance sequence.
From where we were, we didn’t have the best vantage point for videos but I did capture a some good photos. Here’s one I took for my daughter since Taehyung is her bias:
Speaking of Taehyung, the man is simply ethereal. It was hard to believe we were actually watching him live because he is just… art! I get why his nickname is CGV – I felt like we were seeing some type of computer generated graphic! He was visually stunning but to see him perform his solo, Singularity, was such an honor. Tae’s low, baritone voice carried across beautifully. Here’s a short clip I took of him the 2nd night during his solo.
Second night will continue in my next post…