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BBC to air BTS TV special as group appear on Radio 1’s Live Lounge

By | Published on Friday 23 July 2021


The BBC will next week broadcast a TV special all about the phenomenon that is BTS, basically documenting the K-pop outfit’s relationship with Radio 1, from their first airplay in 2017 through to a stint on the station’s ‘Live Lounge’ programme, which will also take place next week.

In the programme, Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts will, and I quote, “delve into the culture and industry that made one of the world’s biggest pop bands”. Roberts will revisit the first time BTS were played on Radio 1, and then – perhaps more importantly – “her trip to Seoul in 2018 where she met BTS’s choreographer, the minister for K-pop and the incredible fanbase known as the Army”.

But will there be some new stuff too? Oh yes, there will be some new stuff too. “Adele will also reconnect with the band in an exclusive interview ahead of their debut in the iconic Radio 1 ‘Live Lounge'”, says the official announcement.

And, in case you wondered, the group will be covering the Police-sampling Puff Daddy and Faith Evans track ‘I’ll Be Missing You’ during their ‘Live Lounge’ appearance.

“I am so happy for BTS fans worldwide especially our very own UK Army”, says Roberts. “They have been so passionate, so supportive and have hoped for a Radio 1 ‘Live Lounge’ since the first time we played the band. Four years later, BTS have broken records, barriers and boundaries. That dream is now going to be a reality. I’m beyond excited for us to finally be hosting the biggest boy band in the world!”

BTS will appear on the ‘Live Lounge’ on Radio 1 on Tuesday at midday, with the TV show ‘BTS @ Radio 1’ airing on BBC One on Wednesday, 28 Jul, at 10.35pm. The telly show will then be on the BBC iPlayer, while the ‘Live Lounge’ performance will be posted to Radio 1’s YouTube channel.