K-pop fans lose out despite queuing a week in advance for SMTown gig

24 November 2012 / 3 years 11 months ago

Photos: Zinkie Aw for STOMP, AsiaOne, Internet, Running Into The Sun, TNPFans had started queuing a week in advance for the much-anticipated SMTown Live World Tour III at The Float@Marina Bay, however, last morning (Nov 23), when the official queue was started, some of them lost their place -- permanently.The K-pop fans had started queuing as early as last Friday (Nov 16) for the three moshpits which could only accommodate up to 4,000 people. Over 23,000 tickets to the concert were sold.They wanted to get up close to their favourite K-pop bands in the giant K-pop extravaganza, that featured big names like Super Junior, Girls' Generation, SHINee, TVXQ, amongst others.Its stage was touted as the world’s largest floating stage. Measuring 120m by 83m, or 9,960 sq m, it is considerably larger than the 5,572 sq m National Day Parade stage this year.Unfortunately for some, the official queue was formed by the concert organisers at 9am on Friday morning, the morning of the concert. The organisers did not tell fans who were queuing in advance the moshpit entrance location in order to discourage them from queuing overnight. They only announced it at 8.30am yesterday.Some early-bird fans lost their places in the queue to latecomers after queuing for three days and three nights, but did not kick up a big fuss, although tears were shed and some vented their frustration at security guards who did not let them in. Others looked simply too tired to protest.

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