Concert tickets to K-pop phenomenon BTS’ gig in Singapore next January were sold out hours after box office sales began on Saturday (27 October).
Ticket sales began at 10am, but at 1.30pm, three-and-a-half hours later, concert promoter One Production announced that the show was already sold out.
In its Facebook post, One Production also asked fans of the massively popular South Korean boy band not to buy tickets from unauthorised third-party resellers.
By Friday afternoon, one day before ticket sales began, a queue of more than 300 people had already formed to wait overnight at the Sports Hub Tix box office at Kallang Wave Mall.
There were eight categories of tickets for BTS’ 19 January concert at the National Stadium, with prices ranging from $88 to $348. Searches on third-party ticket sales websites showed that resellers were already asking for prices that were many times that of the original price.
Scalpers were asking for as much as $2,250 per ticket on Viagogo.com.
The BTS mania even caught the police’s attention: police released an advisory on Saturday addressing ARMY – which is what fans of BTS call themselves – telling them to avoid getting scammed by purchasing tickets only from authorised sellers.
Creatively incorporating BTS song titles in its message posted on Facebook, the police said, “Planning to catch your favourite Idol? Cheap tickets may be Dope but are they real? Don’t let your Blood Sweat and Tears in getting the tickets go to waste. Don’t be scammed, Not Today. Buy from authorised sellers.
BTS’ Singapore concert is part of the band’s Love Yourself world tour, which also includes stops in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Bangkok, and Japan.
The South Korean group 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.
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