K-pop extravaganza in S'pore cancelled: Fans crushed

9 November 2013 / 2 years 11 months ago

It was the day K-pop fan Kelly Chong was counting down to.

But the 15-year-old student's dream of seeing her favourite K-pop boyband EXO live in action was shattered, reports The New Paper.

It was announced last night that the inaugural 2013 MBC Korean Music Wave concert at Gardens by the Bay next Saturday has been cancelled.

The gig boasted a star-studded line-up that included EXO, 2PM, 2AM, FT Island, SHINee, B.A.P, B1A4, Teen Top, Miss A, Sistar, Kara, 4Minute and IU.

Kelly had been saving $20 out of her $35 weekly allowance for almost a year, so that she would have enough money to buy a ticket to catch EXO.

When she heard that EXO were going to appear at the MBC Korean Music Wave, an excited Kelly queued up for six hours at *Scape from 3am on Sept 1, just so she could secure the $365 ticket to the gig.

Jointly organised by one of South Korea's biggest broadcasters, Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), and Singapore-­based venture group Fatfish Entertainment, the outdoor gig had hoped to attract a crowd of over 16,000 fans.

Tickets ranged from $168 to $688.

Fatfish announced last night on the event's Facebook page: "The concert has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances including contractual difficulties with our co-producer, MBC.

"We are currently seeking professional advice to see how we can best refund our ticket holders and other creditors."

The announcement has since received over 800 comments and shares on Facebook, mostly from angry fans.

When contacted, a Fatfish spokesman said that it had paid the full contractual amount due to MBC.

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