K-pop girl group LOONA has had various mishaps on their first world tour, “Loonatheworld,” and fans are growing concerned for the members’ health after several missed concert performances.
LOONA’s label BlockBerry Creative and tour promoters MyMusicTaste announced the tour in June with the caveat that member Chuu would not participate due to health reasons, although fans claim poor management and mistreatment of Chuu as the real reason for her absence.
In less than a month, LOONA has completed 14 shows in 13 cities, including performances at KCON LA 2022 earlier this month. The tight schedule made LOONA’s fans, Orbits, weary before the tour had even begun, with many hoping the members would be given adequate break times for sleeping and eating.
Thank you so much for your love and support towards the 2022 LOONA 1st World Tour : [LOONATHEWORLD]!
Due to overwhelming demand, 4 additional shows have been added to America!
🎟️Tickets for 3 US cities open June 16, 8:00AM KST pic.twitter.com/mkwKiMqN9R
— MyMusicTaste (@_mymusictaste) June 15, 2022
it is clearly becoming increasingly unsafe for loona to continue touring. no one is happy with the results of this. it is your responsibility to take care of your artists. postpone the remaining dates of the tour and allow loona to rest. @_mymusictaste @BBC_blockberry
— thinking of haseul 🕊 (@johaseuldiary) August 29, 2022
While not a health incident, the first trouble came when member Kim Lip walked off stage in tears during their Chicago set due to incessant interruptions from audience members when she was trying to speak. Member Jinsoul was absent form their Aug. 17 show in Washington, D.C., because of health reasons. Youngest member Youjin missed their Aug. 23 Atlanta show because of body aches. During their Houston show on Aug. 26, Choerry also complained about aches and cold symptoms and Hyeju left mid-show due to hip problems. Netizens pointed out Yeojin had a brace on her ankle, and leader Haseul was performing in a sling, which she has had since the Atlanta and Dallas shows, but no reason for the condition has been given.
<IMPORTANT NOTICE📢> Regarding 2022 LOONA 1st World Tour : [LOONATHEWORLD] in Washington DC.#Orbit, please read the full announcement on JinSoul’s participation in the concert and Meet & Greet event in Washington DC.
Thank you for your understanding. pic.twitter.com/HAVQDWgUey
— MyMusicTaste (@_mymusictaste) August 17, 2022
<IMPORTANT NOTICE📢> Regarding 2022 LOONA 1st World Tour : [LOONATHEWORLD] in Atlanta, GA.#Orbit, please read the full announcement on YeoJin’s participation in the concert and Meet & Greet event in Atlanta, GA.
Thank you for your understanding. pic.twitter.com/NE00G7VUjy
— MyMusicTaste (@_mymusictaste) August 23, 2022
loona need a BREAK. choerry sat out from the show due to aches and pains, hyeju had to leave mid show due to an issue with her hip, yeojin had some kind of brace on her ankle, and haseul still continues to perform while in a sling. fuck bbc and fuck mmt. #LOONAinHOUSTON pic.twitter.com/nexqfZpgRW
— grace misses loona again (@heekist) August 27, 2022
<IMPORTANT NOTICE📢> Regarding 2022 LOONA 1st World Tour : [LOONATHEWORLD] in Houston, TX.#Orbit, please read the full announcement on Choerry’s participation in the concert and Meet & Greet event in Houston, TX.
Thank you for your understanding. pic.twitter.com/ZajsvIS72t
— MyMusicTaste (@_mymusictaste) August 26, 2022
Having wrapped up the U.S. leg of their tour, LOONA headed to Mexico City, but Hyeju and Choerry sat out because of their poor physical conditions, marking Choerry’s third absence. At the Mexico City show on Aug. 28, Yeojin fainted on stage. Seven out of the 11 touring members performed.
— LOONA Schedule (@loonaschedule) August 29, 2022
Poor girl omfg they really need to rest I feel so bad for them so many have to sit out and now Yeojin fainting? Obviously bbc doesn’t care about the girls 🙁 pic.twitter.com/DyKvFlsIQt
— Baker (@BakerMinaj) August 30, 2022
serious action needs to take place no more tour stops no more dates loona need to rest and go home. fainting on stage is not normal. not having time to sleep, eat, or rest is inevitably causing serious health concerns @_mymusictaste @loonaStaff
— AF • (@imnayeojin) August 29, 2022
Blockberry Creative issued a statement about Yeojin’s collapse on Tuesday attributing the incident to the change in altitude. The same issue occurred only two weeks ago with (G)I-DLE member Shuhua collapsing at the same venue mid-show during their “Just Me ( )I-dle” world tour.
The label’s statement read, “Member Yeojin had a temporary breathing problem right after performing choreography in Mexico City, which is a mountainous area,” adding that she “is in a stable condition after receiving treatment from the on-site medical staff.”
With the conclusion of the North American portion of their tour, LOONA will soon venture to Europe, starting with Warsaw, Poland, on Sept. 6, but some fans are worried that touring so soon would exacerbate the members’ already waning health. The Europe total will span five cities in 10 days.
#Orbit in EUROPE!
LOONA invites you to their universe! 🌌
2022 LOONA 1st World Tour : [LOONATHEWORLD]✨ in EUROPE
— MyMusicTaste (@_mymusictaste) July 23, 2022
loona’s europe tour needs to be delayed to hell, if not cancelled. these girls are too stubborn and passionate about what they do to half-ass the rest of the shows that they’re gonna keep going until their bodies give out AND THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE TO.
— rosé i’m just kidding around i swear (@lesbiyun) August 29, 2022
Additionally, the members have returned to Korea, but their luggage was lost in Canada during their layover. The luggage included clothes, earpieces and mics, which according to managers, may be lost for good.
LOONA’s back in Korea, but the state of the members’ and staff’s checked luggage is currently: lost in Canada; they seem to have had a 🇨🇦 layover
This includes their clothes/in-ears/mics
(They’ve been informed that there is a chance that the luggage is lost for good)
— 💫 Orrery/nim (@orrery_nim) August 30, 2022
Feature Image via Blockberry Creative