Hundreds of fans of K-pop sensation BTS are queueing to buy tickets to the band’s upcoming Singapore concert, a day before ticket sales begin.
When Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore arrived at the Sports Hub Tix box office at Kallang Wave Mall at 5pm on Friday (26 October), there were 360 people in the queue, mostly females.
Fans of the massively popular South Korean boy band started camping out at the mall several days earlier but staff opened the queue for ticket sales only at 4pm on Friday. Tickets, priced from $88 to $348, will also be available via Sports Hub’s website and ticketing hotline, The Star Performing Arts Centre box office, Scotts Square and SingPost outlets.
Staff managing the long queue at the mall had to separate it into two sections, one on level one outside the box office and the other on level two.
The concert will take place at the National Stadium on 19 January next year, as part of the band’s Love Yourself world tour, which also includes stops in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Bangkok.
Eva Eryna, a 22-year-old receptionist, said she started queueing with her friend Nurul Farzana, 25, at 1pm. Eva said her mother would be bringing her a neck pillow, a sleeping bag, food, and toiletries so that she could shower and brush her teeth.
Students Andrae Bell, 15, and Siti Batrisyia, 14, said they began queueing since 3.50pm. The two friends brought snacks, pillows, sleeping bags and extra clothes to change into.
Andrae said his parents would not typically allow him to do sleepovers, but they let him queue overnight at Kallang Wave Mall because they knew he was a BTS fan. “My parents also like BTS because of me,” he said.
BTS experienced a meteoric rise in popularity in recent years, with their latest Love Yourself album topping the charts around the world including in the US. The group appeared on the cover of Time magazine earlier this month and also addressed the United Nations General Assembly last month.
BTS will be the first K-pop group to perform at the National Stadium, which has a capacity of 55,000. They performed in Singapore last year at the Music Bank World Tour, which included other K-pop acts such as CN Blue and Red Velvet.