The war between Singapore's K-pop fangirls and fanboys over SMTown gig

23 November 2012 / 3 years 11 months ago

Source: The New PaperSINGAPORE - War is breaking out between the K-pop fangirls and fanboys in Singapore.By last Monday afternoon, 23 girls were already in the queue for SMTown Live World Tour III at The Float@Marina Bay this Friday.The first fan got there last Friday, a week before the biggest K-pop concert of the year featuring giant K-pop acts such as Super Junior, Girls' Generation and SHINee.Then on last Monday evening, a few in the queue saw a tweet from a Girls' Generation fanboy from local fan club Soshified that got them worked up.The fan, Samuel, had announced his intention to disrupt the queue.Informed by other Twitter followers that a queue had formed at the venue, he tweeted: "I'll hold a bigger army and cut that queue on that actual day."The girls, who were having a great time making friends in the line, are now worried.Singapore Polytechnic student Susan Tan, 17, said: "We are frightened and nervous because the Girls' Generation fans are mostly boys and we are mostly girls."And when they say 'army', they mean it because their fan club is huge.Soshified has around 170,000 followers as it is."It doesn't help that the official queue will only be recognised by the concert organisers at 9am on Friday."For now, the girls are keeping their fingers crossed that concert organisers Running Into The Sun will make the current queue the official one.But Susan was worried that the Soshified fan club members' official T-shirts could sway the organisers to favour them.Samuel's threat came as a big blow, especially to those who had taken leave from work to join the queue.Among them were Vietnamese-Australian Phuong Tran and Singaporean Chelsea Goh.Ms Tran, a 29-year-old pharmacist working in Singapore, took a week's leave just after she secured her ticket to the gig.Chelsea, a 17-year-old temporary administrative worker, had to lie to her boss to take the week off at the last minute.Chelsea, who has just completed her O levels, told The New Paper: " I told my boss that I was going for a holiday in Thailand."No, I'm not worried that he will find me here as he's not into K-pop."I rushed down here on Friday afternoon, right after I read on Twitter that the queue had started."Having gone 18 hours without sleep, Chelsea admitted that she was tired but felt that her effort will be worth it.People are allowed to queue near The Float@Marina Bay but they cannot sleep on the seats.Chelsea said that security for the establishment would patrol the area once every few hours."If the security guard comes and finds us sleeping he will wake us up."As they are male and most of us are girls, they don't dare to touch us. So they'll ask those who are awake to wake those asleep."So far they have been nice and polite and some of them talk to us and ask us who we are supporting for the show."Almost all the girls had met each other at previous K-pop concerts such as Boyz Nite Out, Big Bang and SHINee and become fast friends.For Ms Tran, who moved here from Australia in February, falling in love with K-pop is one of the best things that has happened to her.So taking leave to be in the first row of the mosh pit was the natural thing to do.Her cousins had showed her some of SHINee's music videos and she has since travelled the region to watch her favourite K-pop acts.She has flown to Taiwan and South Korea to watch Super Junior and to Vietnam for JYJ.In Singapore, she has attended a massive number of Korean celebrity events, including Boyfriend, Sistar, Beast, Big Bang, Kim Hyun Joong and Song Joong Ki.Unlike students who have to ask their parents for money to feed their addiction, a financially stable, older K-pop fan like her enjoys the fandom without worry.Ms Tran, whose favourite is Super Junior's Kyu Hyun, said: "As long as I live modestly, I have enough to go see them."K-pop has a way of taking away your troubles and there are people in this queue with all sorts of work and family problems."

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