Daan Park to be sealed off before Mayday show

The China Post news staff

B’in Music (相信音樂), the music agency of rock group Mayday (五月天), said Thursday it would seal off the performance area at the Daan Forest Park (大安森林公園) two days ahead the band’s free concert there on Wednesday. No entrance to the performance area will be allowed until the concert, the agency said. Those camping out at the venue for a good seat during the concert will be asked to leave, it added. The announcement came after reports that a group of scalpers had set up a stand at the park on Thursday morning, offering to wait in line to reserve spots for Mayday fans in exchange for exorbitant fees. Mayday, one of the most popular bands in the Chinese-speaking world, announced Wednesday that it would hold the concert to mark their 20th anniversary. According to local media, some scalpers were charging an NT$4,000 per day fee to reserve one seat. Some prices for people to wait the whole six days reportedly went as high as NT$35,000. B’in Music urged fans not to turn to scalpers, saying that doing so would be a betrayal of Mayday’s good intentions in hosting the free concert. Some fans had already started camping at the park late Wednesday, with luggage, sleeping bags, mattresses and blankets. Some stayed even after the scheduled sealing off was announced. City Government on Standby The Taipei City Government said Thursday it was also preparing for the event, which is expected to draw tens of thousands of concertgoers, if not more.

Officials from the city’s Public Works Department said that up to 200 government staff would assist organizers in keeping traffic around the park flowing smoothly and the environment clean on the day of the concert. Police officers will be deployed to ensure public safety in the area, attempting to keep the disturbance brought on by the concert to the lowest level possible, officials said. The total audience capacity of the performance area in Daan Park is approximately 5,000 people. Organizers will set up 300-inch LED screens at several locations around the park for fans who cannot make it into the seating area, according to Huang Li-yuan (黃立遠), chief of the Public Works Department’s Park Division. Huang also reminded the public that the setting up of food stands in the park was illegal, and that police officers would be stationed in the area to monitor for illegal parking, smoking and littering.