Events and shows have been canceled to spend a period of mourning following last night’s tragedy in Itaewon.
On October 30, Busan One Asia Festival 2022 (BOF) officially released a statement saying: “A national period of mourning has been declared due to the tragic accident in Itaewon. We inform you that the K-pop concert of Busan One Asia Festival, which was scheduled to start in Busan tonight At 19:00 KST, cancelled.”
The message continued, “The refund process for the tickets will take place from November 2 (Wednesday) to November 10 (Thursday), and we will contact all participants individually in order. We ask for a deep understanding from those who purchased tickets and used transportation to watch the concert.” . This was a decision also made in the city of Busan.
Furthermore, trot artists Jang Yoon Jung, Yang Tak, and Hong Jin Young canceled their concerts originally scheduled for October 30, expressing condolences in their statements. The “Peakbox 22-03” concert featuring artists Parc Jae Jung and Monday Kiz has also been cancelled.
The press conference for the upcoming KBS2 drama “Curtain Call,” originally scheduled for October 31st at 2:00 PM KST, has been canceled. Episode 1 will air as scheduled later tonight at 9:50 PM KST.
EXO’s Chen’s upcoming solo comeback with “Last Scene” has also been tentatively postponed. A representative of SM Entertainment stated, “We are informing you that the release date of Chen’s third mini-album ‘Last Scene’ scheduled for October 31st has been tentatively postponed.” The agency expressed its condolences to those affected by the tragedy, and stated that it will update fans once the release date is confirmed. Accordingly, the press conference for the album was also cancelled.
A representative of SM Entertainment also announced that the birthday Instagram Live for aespa’s Giselle will no longer take place. Earlier today, SM Entertainment also canceled its annual Halloween party.
Furthermore, broadcast stations KBS, MBC, SBS, JTBC and more canceled their scheduled programs to broadcast news updates throughout the day. Canceled KBS1 programs include “National Song Contest,” “Authentic Masterpieces of a TV Show,” “Business Insight,” “Animal Kingdom,” “Open Concert,” “Choosing a Topic with the Teacher,” “Following Current Events,” and The Game Opening for professional basketball. KBS2 canceled various reruns as well as “Mirror Boss”, “Two Days and One Night” and “HK Coin”.
SBS canceled “Animal Farm”, “Running Man”, “Song for Gold”, “My Little Boy”, “Man in a Black Box”, “SBS Special” and “Code New Jeans in Busan”. Earlier today, it was confirmed that “Inkigayo” will also not air. MBC canceled “Mystic TV: Surprise”, “Let’s Go Video Travel”, “The King of Mask Singer”, “Where is My Home”, “United Fathers” and more.
In addition to canceling various shows, JTBC also stated that their weekend drama “Empire” will not air today. Although tvN has no new shows, the station will not air “Comedy Big League” and “The Game Caterers 2” this week.
On the night of October 29, a crowd crush occurred during Halloween celebrations in Seoul’s Itaewon neighborhood. At the time of publication, at least 151 people were confirmed dead in the incident, and many others were injured.
We express our deepest condolences to everyone who lost loved ones and was affected by last night’s tragedy.
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