Muslim fan armies believe K-pop band BTS paused Wembley performance for Maghrib azaan

Published: June 4, 2019
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PHOTO: MASHABLE

One of K-pop’s biggest boy bands, BTS, performed their first concert at England’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday, becoming the first South Korean group to headline the iconic venue.

The seven-member band reportedly played a set of 24 songs to tens of thousands of fans, and their performance lasted more than two hours. The show was also broadcast live for fans around the world to tune in, and boy did they.

PHOTO: AFP

PHOTO: AFP

However, the fans (who term themselves as BTS Army) are convinced that the band stopped mid performance for Maghrib azaan (call to prayer). Apparently, Muslim fans who were present at the concert shared that the band did so for them to open their fast.

“BTS didn’t perform when it was Maghreb prayer, the time we broke out fast. What did we do to deserve them,” a user wrote.

A day before the concert, azaan was heard in Wembley stadium and fans didn’t forget to point it out.

“Imagine fighting at Wembley stadium, headlining, and before you walk out azaan is played. GOOSEBUMPS,” a fan wrote.

Fans also lauded the organisers for setting up a praying area for Muslim fans.

“This is the sweetest (Muslim) Army emailing Wembley stadium to ask whether they have prayer room or not and they have it. Also some said that BTS delay the sound check till Azaan finished,”  one user shared.

Talking about their first ever performance at Wembley, a band-mate Kim Nam-joon, who’s known to fans as RM, shared, “You guys always had the greatest artists, historically, in the music industry – The Beatles, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Adele. We don’t even have to make a list.”

“So the UK was like the big, big wall to me. But tonight we, and you guys, just broke the wall,” he added.

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM

The gig was the first of two sold-out nights at Wembley Stadium – and just the third UK show of BTS’ career.

The Wembley Stadium concert was simply the next step in a big year for BTS. The band recently played on Saturday Night Live and also performed a concert in Manhattan’s Central Park with Good Morning America.

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