The organizers of the 2017 Asia Artist Awards have spoken out against rising illegal ticket sales.
On October 27, tickets for the upcoming 2017 Asia Artist Awards sold out within one minute of their release online. The award show, which will feature many of Korea’s top stars, has dominated search rankings and attracted interest for making its tickets available to anyone. The organizers also chose to sell the tickets for free, aside from a 5,000 won (approximately $4.50) charge for service and shipping.
However, many of the tickets have since been posted on unlicensed resale websites and offered for premium prices on social media platforms.
The Asia Artist Awards’ organizers warned, “We have confirmed that many tickets are being sold illegally through unofficial routes. The ‘AAA’ is a celebration for stars, actors, and the audience to enjoy together, so we sincerely ask that people refrain from illegal behavior. If the illegal ticketing should continue, we will react sternly.”
Meanwhile, the Asia Artist Awards has been gathering buzz for its star-studded lineup. Actors who have been confirmed to attend include Park Shin Hye, Suzy, Park Seo Joon, Park Hae Jin, Park Min Young, Ryu Jun Yeol, Kim Tae Ri, Sung Hoon, Namgoong Min, Seo Kang Joon, Gong Seung Yeon, Min Hyo Rin, 2PM’s Junho, Choi Tae Joon, DIA’s Jung Chaeyeon, Ji Soo, Ahn Hyo Seop, Kang Tae Oh, and Shin Hyun Soo.
Singers who will be attending include EXO, Wanna One, Block B’s Zico, Hwang Chi Yeol, Ailee, Apink, Crush, VIXX, MAMAMOO, NU’EST W, SEVENTEEN, gugudan, Bolbbalgan4, MONSTA X, PRISTIN, JBJ, Jeong Sewoon, ASTRO, DIA, KARD, MOMOLAND, and SNUPER, with more attendees expected to be announced soon.
The ceremony will be basing its awards on data from fans all over the globe, including not only Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, and other Asian countries, but also nations in Europe and the Americas.
The 2017 Asia Artist Awards will take place on November 15 at 6 p.m. KST at Jamsil Indoor Stadium.