SHINee Shuts Down UK’s Largest Theater Chain’s Server


SHINee proved their tremendous popularity once again by crashing UK’s largest theater chain’s reservation system server. 

SHINee will hold a gala concert after being invited to give an opening performance for “The 6th London Korean Film Festival at the Odeon West End. This makes SHINee the first Korean idol to hold a solo concert in London. 

SHINee has already performed at the Abbey Road Studios in June, making history as the first Asian artists to perform there, but it was intended for media and music officials and held in private. Since this upcoming performance is SHINee’s first solo gala concert in London open to fans, competition for tickets was expected. 

As soon as ticket sales began for this concert on October 27, Britain’s largest theater chain Odeon’s reservation system went down for five hours because it was overwhelmed by the thousands of fans who were trying to buy tickets. 

Therefore, not only the reservation for SHINee’s concert but also reservations for other tickets of hundreds of theaters in Britain were unavailable. Fans made reservations through phone calls or visited the theater to purchase tickets after waiting in long lines. 

Odeon said, “It’s our first time to experience servers crashing because of ticket booking. We never expected this much people coming in all at once,” and it is said that for SHINee fans’ safety, Odeon will develop measures to keep order in the theater.   

SHINee will perform their hit songs including “Replay,” “Juliette,” “Ring Ding Dong,” and “LUCIFER” and conduct an interview session at this gala concert. 

The opening gala concert for The London Korea Film Festival will be on November 3.