South Korean pop fans slam organizer on ‘debut’ concert

The China Post news staff

Fans of a South Korean pop group yesterday accused the organizer of their idols’ Taipei concert of false advertising over a ticketing dispute. The fans had bought tickets to what had been advertised as 2PM’s debut in Taipei today, before the organizer decided to add an extra concert last night because of strong ticket sales. The fans said the additional night prior to the “debut” was very unfair for those had lined up for hours thinking they would get tickets to the pop groups’ very first appearance in Taiwan, the United Evening News reported. The fans were even more angry when the organizer, Owl Entertainment, refused to offer an apology or a refund, the newspaper said. It argued that it stated specifically on the tickets that they would not be refundable. The Consumer Foundation, after receiving complaints from the disgruntled fans, said the non-refundable statement on the ticket was illegitimate.

The foundation added that the organizer allegedly violated the fair trade law for the false advertisement, which could result in a maximum fine of NT$25 million. Owl argued that the tight schedule of the group only allowed then to give an extra concert before the advertised “debut,” according to the newspaper. Taipei is a stop in 2PM’s “Hands Up Asia Tour.”