Tickets for BTS concert at National Stadium sell out in less than 4 hours

Some fans had started queueing five days before tickets for the show went on sale at the box-office booths outside Kallang Wave Mall.
PHOTO: Shin Min Daily News

SINGAPORE - Tickets for a concert by K-pop boyband BTS on Jan 19 sold out in less than four hours after they went on sale on Saturday (Oct 27).

At 1.30pm, concert organiser One Production announced on its Facebook and Twitter accounts that the show, which will be held at the National Stadium, was sold out. Ticket sales started at 10am.

Some fans had started queueing five days before tickets for the show went on sale at the box-office booths outside Kallang Wave Mall, The New Paper reported.

The tickets were priced at $348, $268, $238, $198, $148, $118 and $88, excluding booking fees.

Malaysian Melody Siow from Kuala Lumpur was one of those who managed to buy tickets. She accessed the Sports Hub ticket website about an hour before ticket sales started.

"I'm very excited and happy, I can't wait," said Ms Siow, who bought a pair of $268 tickets for herself and her sister.

Ms Siow, who is in her 30s, said she has been a BTS fan since last year.

K-pop sensation BTS brings star power to world stage

  • South Korean pop group BTS members stand on scene after they performed during a Korean cultural event as part of South Korean President official visit in France, on October 14, 2018 in Paris.
  • The cultural event, held to celebrate the good relationship between the two countries, was hosted by President Moon, who was also conducting his four-day state visit in France.
  • South Korean pop group BTS performs during a Korean cultural event as part of South Korean President official visit in France, on October 14, 2018 in Paris
  • K-Pop sensation BTS brought their star power to the United Nations on Monday (Sept 24), telling the world's youth to listen to their inner voice and resist pressure to conform.
  • "No matter who you are, where you're from, your skin colour, your gender identity, just speak yourself," group leader Kim Nam-jun told a packed hall at the launch of a UNICEF youth campaign.
  • The band has appeared on US talkshows like Ellen and The Tonight Show.
  • They also topped the Billboard 200 chart in May 2018. [Above] The group at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.
  • In this file photo taken on May 20, 2018, South Korean Boy Band BTS attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards 2018 at the MGM Grand Resort International in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Musical group BTS perfroms onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"BTS concerts are the only ones I would be willing to watch overseas," said the personal assistant, who earns about RM7,000 (S$2,300) monthly.

Many others could not get the prized tickets.

One of them was housewife Sophia Phang, 36, an American based in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

She said she was in the virtual waiting room for the Sports Hub ticket website since 2am on Saturday. Her husband was also trying to get tickets on his laptop, she said.

"For sure I'm disappointed," said the K-pop fan of 20 years.

However, she added that she will not be resorting to more desperate measures.

"I don't believe in buying from unauthorised sellers because they are taking advantage of real fans who genuinely want to attend the concert. I will just stick with authorised retailers," said Mrs Phang.

She said she will be trying to get tickets for the Thailand and Hong Kong concerts instead. BTS will also be performing in Hong Kong and Bangkok in March and April respectively as part of its Love Yourself World Tour.

Buy your tickets from authorised sellers. Don't be scammed. Not today. #BTS #BTSinSG #LOVEYOURSELFSG

Posted by Singapore Police Force on Friday, October 26, 2018

Earlier on Saturday, the police issued an advisory against buying from unauthorised agents on its Facebook page.

On Saturday morning, The Straits Times found more than 20 postings on online retail platform Carousell that claimed to sell tickets for the BTS concert here. Many were charging commissions of at least $50 for each ticket.

BTS, which consist of seven members aged between 21 and 25, last held a concert here in 2014. The band made its debut in 2013.

Recently, they have gained massive success as the only K-pop artist to top the Billboard 200 albums chart.

BTS ARMY, mark your calendars for Jan 19, 2019. The K-pop band will be holding a mega concert at the Singapore National Stadium as part of their Love Yourself World Tour. http://str.sg/onYV

Posted by The Straits Times on Wednesday, October 10, 2018

They will be the first K-pop group to play at the National Stadium, which has a capacity of 55,000.

The band have enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity in the past few years, making the latest cover of Time magazine and giving a speech at the United Nations last month.

The South Korean presidential office also said that it would award the band members an Order of Cultural Merit for their contributions in spreading Korean culture and language.

K-pop group BTS the youngest recipient of cultural medal at 2018 Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards

  • It was a day filled with national pride as Hallyu stars were honoured at the 2018 Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards held at Olympic Hall in Seoul on Wednesday (Oct 24).
  • The Korean government presented a total of 36 awards to actors and musicians to recognise their efforts in promoting Hallyu through K-drama and K-pop.
  • K-pop boyband BTS is the first idol group as well as the youngest-ever recipients of the Orders of Cultural Merit.
  • During their acceptance speech, Jin said: "Thank you so much for this medal. We're often overseas, and many people sing along with our songs in Korean and tell us proudly that they studied Korean. It makes me proud." 
  • BTS is one of the most successful K-pop acts in the world today.
  • The Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism's Commendation went to K-pop girl group Red Velvet
  • Red Velvet performed as part of a diplomatic contingent in North Korea in April.
  • Actress Kim Nam Joo and TV host Yoo Jae Suk were awarded the Presidential Commendation
  • Actress Kim Nam Joo and TV host Yoo Jae Suk were awarded the Presidential Commendation
  • Actress Son Ye-jin received the Prime Minister's Commendation.
  • K-pop lyricist Kim Eana
  • TV personality Lee Ji-ae and actor Shin Hyun-joon
  • Actor Lee Sun Gyun
  • TV host Jun Hyun-moo

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