BTS fans were furious that Ticketmaster let scalpers buy tickets in bulk so that they could resell them on Facebook at 8 to 9 times the official price
Members of BTS have been away from their beloved fans for a long time now. Right at the start of the pandemic, the group had to indefinitely postpone their ‘Map of the Soul Tour,’ which was a planned worldwide concert tour over months. The tour was announced in January of 2020 and was set to begin on April 11, 2020, at the Seoul Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea.
Following that a two-day online concert, titled BTS ‘Map of the Soul ON:E’, was held on October 10–11, 2020 that was planned to help fan tide over the postponed world tour announcement. The concert was then followed by many other online concerts by BTS, which were attended by fans all over the world. But what fans really wanted was the chance to attend in-person, live concerts. With a very heavy heart, members of BTS announced that the postponed world tour, ‘Map of the Soul Tour’ was canceled on August 19, 2021, due to uncertain circumstances and concerns over Covid-19.
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BTS’ offline concert
On September 28, the BTS announced that their first concert for the year 2021 titled, ‘Permission To Dance On Stage’ would also have an offline segment. That means that along with the virtual concert on October 24, the septet will be flying to Los Angeles where they will be performing in front of a live audience. The offline concert is supposed to be held for four days and BTS will be performing at LA’s SoFi Stadium on November 27, 28, December 1, and 2.
Tickets for the offline concert were put on sale on October 6 and went on until October 9. These tickets were sold on the Tickermaster website, a platform used for the sale of many American concerts by major artists. The platform posted a set of instructions that mentioned that the tickets will only be made available for ‘verified fans’. They also posted a notification saying, “While ‘Verified Fan’ doesn’t guarantee that everyone will get a ticket, it does help ensure only fans are invited to buy tickets.”
Scalpers buy BTS tickets
Despite this, many fans noticed that the concert tickets were purchased by scalpers — people who buy a bulk of tickets for any event and resell them at a much higher. Brinkwire Brief News.