The news that rocked the Philippine K-pop universe this afternoon: YG has announced that the Philippines has been CONFIRMED to be a part of the Asia leg of Big Bang’s “Alive” World Tour.
Big Bang is sort of an ‘underrated’ K-pop act here. Their Pinoy fanbase is not as loud and mainstream as, say, Super Junior or SNSD or UKISS fans, but if you ask around, majority of silent K-poppers list Big Bang as one of, if not their favorite K-pop group. If the promoters play their cards right, we’re in for a hit concert that could rival or even topple that of Super Junior’s PH concerts.
Rumors say that the most expensive tickets could go as high as P15,000. Already, fans are complaining and saying that it’s a rip-off. Well, first of all, we shouldn’t compare it to the ticket prices in Korea because the logistics alone are different. Secondly, P15,000 for a full concert (roughly three hours) with no front act is no biggie considering that people paid php9,000++ for a 1-hour concert – oops, SHOW – of a Kpop superstar that had to share the stage with two more acts, or a show promoted as a K-pop concert where the Korean artists had lesser stage time than the guest performers from the Philippines. Thirdly, I think people who complain about ticket prices of international acts performing in the Philippines should read this blog post from chuvaness.com and enlighten themselves.
And lastly, let me tell you this: a Big Bang concert is worth every single cent that you’re going to shell out. They give a good mix of super-high quality performances and excellent fan service. The stage production alone will be worth your money. I am more than willing to risk my name and reputation – whatever that is – in saying this because I’ve seen them in concert and I can vouch for it. If you’re really a fan – as in a FAN and not some Kpop bandwagoner – ticket prices will be the least of your concerns.
And besides, I’m pretty sure there will be cheaper seats. If you can’t afford the VIP ones, you can always settle for the ones that you can afford instead of complaining about it. That goes for other things, too.