BTS have made history by becoming the first South Korean group to headline Wembley Stadium.
The boy band blasted through 24 songs on Saturday, assisted by quirky props, glitter cannons, jet sprays… and 60,000 fans screaming their approval.
The septet, who said they “grew up watching videos of Live Aid,” even paid tribute to Freddie Mercury.
During the encore, lavender-haired singer Jin led the crowd in a version of the Queen frontman’s “ay-oh” chant.
“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,” added his band-mate Kim Nam-joon, who’s known to fans as RM.
“So the UK was like the big, big wall to me.
“But tonight we, and you guys, just broke the wall.”
The gig was the first of two sold-out nights at Wembley Stadium – and just the third UK show of BTS’s career.
It capped off an extremely successful year for the band, who topped the UK album charts in April with Map Of The Soul: Persona, played Saturday Night Live and Britain’s Got Talent, and scored their biggest hit single to date when Boy With Luv entered the UK top 20.
Unlike previous Wembley headliners, they’re not quite household names yet (and many people would be hard-pressed to name one of their songs) but their fanbase, dubbed the “Army”, is unusually devoted, highly mobilised, and growing daily.
Indeed, BTS’s sold-out stadium debut comes just eight months after they played the smaller, 20,000-capacity O2 Arena on the other side of London, and the significance of their achievement did not go unnoticed at home.