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Concert Day Arrives in Central Park for BTS Fans

BTS, the South Korean boy band, made up of members RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V and Jung Kook, will perform free in the park

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    BTS Fans Brave Nasty Weather, Camp Out at Central Park

    Fans of the K-Pop group have been camped out for days along Fifth Avenue waiting for the band's Wednesday concert. NBC 4 New York's Gus Rosendale reports.

    (Published Tuesday, May 14, 2019)

    What to Know

    • BTS is performing for free in Central Park on Wednesday

    • The soggy, nasty weather has been no match for BTS fans

    • Group's die-hard fans have taken it upon themselves to wait in big numbers outside the iconic park with little shelter save for umbrellas

    The much-anticipated K-pop band BTS concert takes place Wednesday in Central Park and fortunately the sunshine returns as well. 

    Die-hard fans have taken it upon themselves to wait in big numbers outside the iconic park with little shelter, even as heavy rain plagued the Big Apple all week. 

    The little shelter available comes after the NYPD told the crowd that no tents are allowed, prompting the "tent city" that was initially set up to be taken down.

    BTS, the South Korean boy band, made up of members RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V and Jung Kook, will perform free in the park as part of the annual "Good Morning America" concert series.

    Fans have already been in line for days -- and if the queue to watch BTS on "Saturday Night Live" last month (when they became the first ever Korean pop group to do so) is any indication, many more will join.

    What's more astonishing? The fans don't even have to camp out to get tickets. Everyone on line has a ticket for the sold-out show. They are simply out braving the elements to get a good spot to see their favorite band.

    Given the crowd expectations, the NYPD tweeted a reminder, well in advance of the show, that "For your safety, camping in the concrete jungle is not permitted."

    BTS is an acronym of Bangtan Sonyeondan or "Beyond the Scene." The band debuted in June 2013. Last year they became the first Korean pop group to reach No. 1 on the Billboard top 200.

    BTS is also scheduled to perform at MetLife Stadium Saturday and Sunday. Ahead of the concerts they’ve launched a limited “2019 BTS World Tour Pop Up Store” in each city they play during their tour. The stores have exclusive city specific merchandise that can only be purchased on-site and New York City's own pop-up opened up Tuesday at 430 W. 15th St. It will be available until May 20.

    The "Today" show summer concert series also kicks off Wednesday, with Meghan Trainor hitting the plaza.

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