K-pop organiser leaves fans upset

K-pop organiser leaves fans upset

Local K-pop fans just keep getting more frustrated with Fatfish Entertainment, the Singapore-based venture organising the Nov 16 mega K-pop concert MBC Korean Music Wave.

First, fans hoping to gift food items to their idols - a common practice among K-pop fans - were put off when the organiser had specified the types of food that they could buy for the stars. Typically, fans who carry out this practice, which is known as "food support", choose to buy whatever they want.

Then, the fans got mad over being asked to donate money towards the artists' transportation cost in Singapore, something which they say should be paid for by the organiser.

Now, they are miffed that the organiser has terminated both the food and transport sponsorship programmes. Some fan groups have already collected funds for food and are at a loss over what to do with their pooled money.

On the event's Facebook page, at least 30 fans have expressed their unhappiness over the situation.

The upcoming concert, to be held at Gardens by the Bay on Nov 16, will see 14 K-pop acts at the show, including Shinee, B.A.P, EXO, Sistar, 2PM, Kara, and FT Island. It is touted as the largest K-pop concert to be held in Singapore, and organised in partnership with Korean broadcaster Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).

On Oct 14, Fatfish posted on the event's Facebook page that they have "come up with two programmes for fans support on food and transport", but did not give more information there.

In private e-mails sent to the various fan clubs, however, the organiser stated that if the fans were to provide food, they would have to refer to an attached spreadsheet list of items and select from there.

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