TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwanese diva Mandopop A-Mei (張惠妹) ‘s comeback concerts, scheduled for April, have sparked controversy over a zigzag ticketing policy.
The Queen of Pop announced last month that she will be hosting 12 concerts at the Taipei Arena starting April 1, which will mark her return to the venue after a seven-year hiatus. The 130,000 tickets flew off the shelves in nine minutes, but the real name-based ticketing rules drew complaints from her fans.
Participants are required to provide their name and ID number before they can enter the venue, which has led to around 800 refund requests from those who gave incorrect information when ordering their tickets .
However, in a policy reversal by the organizer, those who submitted incorrect information will now be admitted after all, reports CNA.
Many ticket holders are unhappy that they made such an effort to grab the highly sought after tickets only to see those who broke the rules reap the same reward. Some have said that the relaxation of the rules is unfair and serves the interests of scalpers.
Singer’s manager Isaac Chen (陳鎮川) apologized for the “flawed” handling of the case, saying the move he believed to be “considerate” to A-Mei fans had turned out to be true “reckless”.
According to the Liberty Times, scalpers quickly took advantage of the box office chaos. The price of a ticket peddled online reached NT $ 110,000 (US $ 3,985), an outrageous sum compared to the initial range of NT $ 800 to 5,800.