Protest at the Louvre attracts over 1,000 Kpop fans; fans organizes protests all over Europe
A few days ago, Koreaboo reported the protest and flashmob that Kpop fans in Europe have organized in attempts to sway SM Entertainment to give Europe fans another concert date. SM Town Live in Paris, the first Kpop concert to be held in Europe, will be held at Le Zenith in Paris, France on June 10th.
The reason Europe fans have organized a mass of protest/flashmob is because Le Zenith only holds 6,000 seats. Therefore, many European Kpop fans were not able to buy a ticket to the first European Kpop concert. European Kpop fans hope that SM Entertainment will take notice of their efforts and give them a second date for SM Town Live in Paris.
The protest attracted attention from local French media and Korean broadcasting company, MBC. In the MBC news clip, a group of Kpop fans were interviewed and when asked which Kpop group they favored, they replied SHINee, TVXQ, SNSD, Super Junior, Teen Top, and Infinite. One fan said, "This is not something that occurs everyday. This is something we've been waiting for a long time."
Another fan said, "For a moment I was going to cry because I saw that it was full." Another said, "There was a lot of people who couldn't get their tickets. I would really love to go see it [the concert]."
The protest/flashmob attracted over 1,000 fans to the Louvre Museum in front of its Pyramid. Fans were seen with their fan gears including, posters, face paint, and most of all, Kpop fan spirit. The event and the cheerful spirit of these fans even attracted non-Kpop fans, who stood near the crowd in curiosity.
Fans at the Paris protest/flashmob were seen dancing SNSD's new Japanese single, "Mr. Taxi," despite it just having been released and showed their dedication to Kpop. In addition, they danced to Super Junior "Sorry Sorry," TVXQ's "Mirotic," SHINee's "Replay," and f(x)'s "Lachata."
One set of fans also brought their guitar and the crowd sang a beautiful acoustic version of SHINee's "Hello."
Korean Connection says, "We are so touched that this movement has not been just by Parisians, not just by the French, but also Europeans." Other cities throughout Europe have also organized identical flashmob movements with the same objective as the Paris protest/flashmob:
Bordeaux - Sunday May 1st, Place des Quinconces, fountain
Lyon - Sunday May 7th, Place des Terreaux
Toulouse - Friday, April 29th, Jardin Japonais (Japanese Garden)
Nantes - Sunday May 1st, 39 Rue Félix Thomas
Lille - Saturday April 30th, Place De La République
Marseille - Saturday May 7th, Le parc borely
Tour - Saturday April 30th, Place Plumereau
Strasbourg - Saturday April 30th, Place Kleber
Metz - Sunday May 1st, Centre George Pompidou
Poitiers - Sunday May 1st, Place du Marché Notre-Dame
Nimes - Tuesday May 3rd
Genève - Saturday April 30th, Place du Molard
Madrid (Asian Club) - Sunday May 1st, Puerta del Sol
Barcelona (Asian Club) - Sunday, May 1st, Arc De Triomf
Munich - Saturday May 7th, Marienhof
Source: Korean Connection, itsway7, EriiChuu, frederiqueh, OrientExtreme