South Korean boy band BTS recently announced their first physical concert in nearly two years, with tickets going on sale last week for the SoFi Stadium gigs. Fans have taken to social media to vent their frustration at ticketing company Ticketmaster, after all tickets sold out before even reaching the general sale.
Sales were limited to specific groups due to the impact of COVID-19. VIP ticket holders that had missed out on the cancelled Map of the Soul tour had their first chance to get tickets for the California gig on Tuesday last week, followed by other consumers of the same tour on Wednesday.
On Thursday last week, K-Pop fans who pre-registered and were selected by Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan system were able to take a shot at buying tickets.
Saturday was the day that the general public were able to take a stab at buying BTS tickets. However, all of the tickets sold out before it reached the public sale.
The four-day show will be held at the end of November and the start of December.
Ticketmaster Fan Support tweeted: “Due to overwhelming past purchaser & Verified Fan presale demand for BTS PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE – LA, all shows are sold out & tickets are not available for the public onsale.”
BTS Fans took to social media to show their outrage at missing out on a chance to buy tickets for the event.
Directly under the Ticketmaster Fan Support tweet, a user wrote: “Are you joking??? You sold to football fans that are just scalpers before prioritising actual FANS???”
Another Twitter user also wrote: “I truly think Ticketmaster underestimated how well BTS tickets were going to sell. So they decided to allow more scalpers than usual to buy tickets and then they realised they messed up afterward.
“This is why they were trying to switch the blame on Hybe yesterday.”
Hybe is the music company behind BTS.
Another fan posted a picture of tickets for sale on viagogo, a reselling site, with tickets going for £1,210 ($1650/€1,425).
At the time of writing, Ticketmaster has not responded to TheTicketingBusiness.com‘s contact for a comment.
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