Malaysian authorities are set to meet the organiser of a Coldplay concert at Kuala Lumpur’s 85,000-capacity National Stadium Bukit Jalil, after fans complained they couldn’t purchase tickets to the performance due to scalpers bulk-buying seats.
According to reports, the organiser is set to meet with Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil to ensure the problem does not happen again.
The concert is set to take place on November 22 and ticket sales began on Wednesday last week. It will be the first time the British band has played in Malaysia.
Fadzil retweeted a fan who highlighted the price of resale tickets on Twitter, and said “this is outrageous” and that he would raise the issue with Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Minister Salahuddin Ayub.
The fan had shown a picture of a resale ticket listed at RM43,200 (£7,637/€8,784/$9,500).
— Fahmi Fadzil 🇲🇾 (@fahmi_fadzil) May 17, 2023
Tickets originally cost between RM228 and RM3,088.
Nasrudin Hassan, leader of the Malaysian Islamic Party had originally called for the concert to be cancelled and said: “Does the government mean to foster a hedonistic and perverse culture in this country? I advise you to cancel this group’s performance in Malaysia. Does not bring any good to religion, race and country.”
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has also responded to calls for the band to cancel their concert in Malaysia.
Martin told Malaysian national radio station HITZ: “Every time I meet Malaysian people, I feel such a sense of love and warmth. Everybody is welcome to our show. We love all people, all kinds of people, all religions.
“All leaders, all followers – nobody is excluded. We really want you to come to our show and feel free to be yourself and feel free to let everybody be themselves. Anyone who is not happy we are coming, we’re sorry, but we love you too.”