Coming to little to no surprise to a majority of international ARMYs, tickets for the Los Angeles stop of BTS’ Love Yourself world tour has officially sold out, however, LA fans of the Korean boyband need not fret with organisers adding another concert date.
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According to fans, tickets for three shows at the Staples Center in Los Angeles were sold out within mere minutes as soon as they went on sale. In response to the overwhelming demand, concert organizers, AEG and POWERHOUSE LIVE, have confirmed that in addition to the back-to-back shows on September 5th, 6th, and 8th, Los Angeles would have an additional concert on the 9th due to the overwhelming demand.
In an attempt to stop scalpers and bots to ensure that ARMYs all have a chance of seeing their global superstars fairly, organisers have declared that they will be taking measures. Tickets bought from resellers will be subject to cancellation and all tickets bought through official outlets will be monitored for suspicious activity prior to delivery. Tickets determined to be purchased on fraudulent grounds will be cancelled and will once again be available for the general public while verified tickets will be dispatched. Furthermore, organisers have clarified that all official ticket sales are conducted online, and that tickets cannot be purchased over the phone.
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However, resale prices from authorised websites have drawn criticism from fans with premium or platinum tickets alarmingly fluctuating in price based on demand with current values at almost triple the original. The standard ticket price ranging from $50 to $250 has seen an increase to almost more than $1000 with no explicit guarantee that these premium or platinum tickets offer better seating.
The group had initially scheduled to perform three consecutive shows at LA’s Staples Center. Though, not the first Kpop act to perform at one of the largest venues in the United States, they definitely are the first to successfully sell out three back-to-back concerts—a feat in itself that only a few international artists like Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, and Katy Perry have achieved.
Fan are expecting a similar rush when tickets for LA’s fourth show go on sale on May 9.
BTS has yet to announce stops for the second half of their Love Yourself tour with BigHit Entertainment only having revealed to be considering Spain as an additional stop for next year’s world tour in light of the group’s remarkable wins at the country’s The Hall Of Stars Awards 2018 on March 30.
Though, with shows having already sold out in Forth Worth, Newark, and now recently in Oakland, Chicago, and Hamilton, ARMYs all over the world can only sit, cling to their flashing lightsticks, and anticipate when the group announces a tour stop near them. Which city do you want to see BTS perform next? Do you think we’ll see a repeat of more dates being added to tour stops? Let us know on Twitter @CelebMix!