By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
A much-awaited K-pop concert in Singapore that would have featured acts like EXO, SHINee and KARA was cancelled by the organizer due to “contractual obligations” to a Korean broadcasting company.
Fans are angry and scrambling to get ticket refunds after Fatfish Entertainment announced that the “MBC Korean Wave In Singapore 2013″ concert would not push through.
|Teen Top, B1A4 and miss A at the press conference in Singapore for the concert last August (Photos from the MBC Korean Music Wave in Singapore 2013 Facebook page)|
“We regret to announce that the MBC Korean Music Wave in Singapore 2013 has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances including contractual difficulties with our co-producer, MBC,” the company said in a post on the event’s official Facebook page.
The K-pop concert was scheduled to be held on Nov. 16 at The Meadow at Gardens By The Bay in Singapore.
K-pop artists included in the lineup were SHINee, Teen Top, B1A4, B.A.P., 2PM, 2AM, FT Island, EXO, IU, Sistar, Kara, miss A and 4Minute.
Girls’ Generation’s subunit TaeTiSeo composed of Taeyeon, Tiffany and Seohyun were also announced as emcees of the event.
“This is an unexpected turn of events and we are ascertaining how this cancellation will affect our financial position. We are currently seeking professional advice to see how we can best refund our ticket holders and other creditors,” the company said.
Ticket prices ranged from 172 Singapore dollars (about P6,000) to 375 Singapore dollars (about P13,000).
Fatfish eventually announced that it was closing down its company.
“With the advice of our lawyers and other professional advisers, we have come to the painful decision to wind up Fatfish Entertainment Pte Ltd in order to see to the orderly distribution of the company’s assets to our creditors including those who purchased tickets from us directly,” it said.
It advised ticket holders to contact ticketing agents for the refund while others were advised that refunds would be handled by its provisional liquidators.
“We sincerely apologize once again for disappointing the fans,” the company said.
Link to my original article on Manila Bulletin online http://www.mb.com.ph/k-pop-concert-in-singapore-cancelled/
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