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Army United BTS Organizer Emily Yesgosh Discusses The Challenges Of Planning A Successful K-Pop Fan Event

By Adrienne Stanley | July 20, 2015 09:27 AM EDT


One of the highlights of BTS's July 16 concert at the Best Buy Theater in New York City was a successful fan event presented by the group, Army United BTS. Through a coordinated effort, the fan club ensured that banners which were emblazoned with a welcoming message for BTS were distributed to the entire crowd of the sold-out concert. 

Fans were instructed to hold up their paper banner, during the song "Just One Day" and audience members cooperated with the instructions. This provided a surprising treat for the seven-member hip-hop group, during their first performance on the East Coast. 

KpopStarz touched base with Army United BTS organizer, Emily Yesgosh, who weighed in on the successful fan event at the Best Buy Theater concert. 

KpopStarz: Why did you decide to do a fan event for the concert?

Emily Yesgosh: The main reason for doing a fan event was because it was BTS's first time in New York, both as a group and as individuals. They have previously traveled to Los Angeles, but we wanted to show them that they have many New York and East Coast fans that support them. We wanted the fans to unite as one, to make the members smile.

KpopStarz: Who were the other coordinators?

Emily Yesgosh: The other coordinators were volunteers who helped me pass things out in line, Bree, Sammy, Shelly, Sophie, Jennifer, Alieen, Christine and Yailyn.

KpopStarz: What were the best moments of coordinating the project? Please describe the challenges?

Emily Yesgosh: The best moment was seeing the members' reactions to the banners. I was not expecting them to be that happy. The other thing that I enjoyed was meeting all the fans, in line! We were all different, but with the question "Who is your bias?" we all became instant friends.

The biggest challenge we faced were what would happen if no one held the signs up. What if BTS didn't sing "Just One Day?" I was also concerned about the wristbands, which didn't arrive until the day before I left for the city.That was scary.

KpopStarz: Can you describe the response from fans who were attending the concert when they learned about the project?

Emily Yesgosh: They were all excited. The fans that knew about the event beforehand, whether they donated to make it possible heard about it through the grapevine, knew exactly what to do. The fans who were not aware of the event were so excited to learn that other fans were doing this.

Where can fans find more information about the group?

Emily Yesgosh:  Army United BTS is on twitter (@ArmyUnitedBTS) and we are also based in the Facebook group, "The Red Bullet in NYC."

About the writer: Adrienne Stanley is a contributing editor for KDramaStars. She is also a contributing writer for KpopStarz, MTV Iggy, Viki and CJ Entertainment's KCON blog. Her passions include a love of K-pop and Asian drama. When she is not writing, she is hanging out on Twitter (@retrogirladdy).

Tagged :  Army United BTS, BTS, Bangtan Boys


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