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Christmas may just be a day or two away, but Filipino fans of American alternative band LANY are not feeling the holiday cheer following the quick sell out of additional tickets online and on-site via TicketNet to their April 2018 concert at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The band’s die-hard supporters quickly took to Twitter to express their sadness and disappointment for missing the opportunity to watch the trio live in their biggest headlining concert to date the second time around. Tickets were first sold on December 14.

“Umuwing luhaan, sugatan at ‘di mapakinabangan, part 2,” one netizen said, quoting Up Dharma Down’s hit single, “Oo”.

“Where did we go wrong? I know we started out alright,” another netizen tweeted, this time quoting LANY’s track, “13”.

To make things even worse, however, “scalpers” – people who buy tickets and resell them at higher rates – are reportedly retailing VIP Standing, Patron B and General Admission tickets at unreasonable prices. While Twitter’s curated feed for #LANYLiveInManila is only showing tickets available for purchase from resellers, the now-private tweet of screenshots showing one netizen’s conversation with a scalper revealed that prices for VIP Standing tickets, which are originally at P3,710, went as high as P10,000. That’s a little over twice the initial price.

The others also erred their sentiments and called out resellers as well as the injustice they caused.

“Shout out sa mga garapal na ticket resellers na sobra-sobra magpatong ng tubo. ***** niyo,” one netizen tweeted.

“This is trending mainly because almost all of us didn’t get the tickets that you guys were supposedly ‘selling’,” another netizen pointed out in a tweet.

“Akala ko makakamura ako. Scalpers pa rin pala ang bagsak ko,” a netizen said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, a petition for a second concert date via is making its rounds online. As of posting, only 94 supporters have signed the petition.

Complaints of ticket hoarding and overpricing by scalpers have been rampant these past months as international music acts such as Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Paramore, among others announced their upcoming concert one after another.

No rule under concert organizer Karpos Multimedia and ticket-seller Ticketnet’s guidelines on LANY Live In Manila is explicitly banning ticket scalping or reselling. However, fans were reminded that tickets will only be sold on Ticketnet online and on-site. Ticketnet also encourage their buyers to purchase tickets only from their authorized agents “for your own safety and protection”.

LANY – a trio composed of Paul Klein, Jake Goss and Les Priest hailing from Los Angeles, California – first rose to fame with their hit single, “ILYSB”. They recently concluded a series of performances in various malls for their Filipino fans last August.

Photo from Karpos Multimedia


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