Seeing red over APink tickets

Seeing red over APink tickets
South Korean K-Pop music band APink.

SINGAPORE - Many K-pop fans are upset at being turned away from a ticket redemption event after queueing for up to 10 hours. Fans of K-pop girl group APink started lining up at Singapore Expo from Wednesday morning, hoping to snag free mosh pit tickets to their performance on Friday.

But some have complained that the giveaway did not go according to what was promised online. The six-member APink are scheduled to sing about seven songs at the Expo at 7pm as part of Korea Festival 2013: Vizit Korea, an annual programme that introduces Singaporeans to Korean culture.

The mosh pit tickets are up for grabs for those who have already paid the $38 entrance fee to the Korea Festival event, which is organised by events company MediaCorp VizPro in partnership with the South Korean embassy in Singapore. A post on the event's Facebook page Vizit stated that "mosh pit ticket redemption is based on first-come-first-served basis", and that any remaining mosh pit tickets on Wednesday "will be brought over to 24th".

The post did not specify the number of tickets available, but added that tickets would be handed outfrom 6 to 9pm on Wednesday. However, disgruntled fans say this was not what transpired that day.

Mr Gareth Ang, 20, who is serving his national service, told Life! he queued for three hours from 3pm with two other friends. He said event representatives emerged at 6.30pm to give out tickets, only to stop just half an hour later, at 7pm.

They then informed everyone else in the line to come back and try again the next morning.

Mr Ang said: "I know there were many others in front of me who had waited for a much longer time.

"The least the organisers could have done was to tell us the number of tickets they were giving out, or come down early to tell people at the back of the line that they probably won't get a ticket, rather than make us waste our time.

"They did not keep to their promise of giving out all the tickets and decided to keep some for the next day instead. They didn't explain why.

"Everyone was really angry."

He estimated that there were more than 1,000 fans in the queue ("the line was from the door of Expo Hall 2 to Hall 5"), but that only "about 20 per cent" of them got tickets.

Frustrated fans have left more than 100 comments about the ticket redemption on Vizit's Facebook page.

A fan with the username Ivan Pratama said: "Huge disappointment for the services you guys provided. Really! Despite having an O-level paper tomorrow, I sacrificed my time and hoped to get a mosh pit ticket... Well, I have decided not to go for it."

MediaCorp VizPro did not respond to queries from Life! by press time.

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