Live Nation Entertainment is an events company formed following a merger between Live Nation and Ticketmaster. They are responsible for live shows worldwide, including concerts for BLACKPINK, Harry Styles, and Lollapalooza music festivals.
The company has been responsible for multiple K-Pop acts coming to the Philippines in recent years. Currently, they have ITZY, BLACKPINK, and TREASURE lined up to visit the country in 2023.
— Live Nation PH (@livenationph) December 28, 2022
Filipino K-Pop fans are always excited about the announcements that more groups are coming to visit them. Still, some CARATs took to Twitter to express their deep distrust of Live Nation Entertainment’s preparation and planning skills. SEVENTEEN held their second Be The Sun concert in the Philippines on December 17, 2022, and some Pinoy fans claim they were traumatized by the experience.
— kai 🤍 (@kaiuwuuu) December 19, 2022
OMG guys please make this viral so that it’s seen by someone from PH Arena (Philippine Arena) or LNPH (Live Nation Philippines)
— madz (@sebongzi) December 28, 2022
Some Filipino fans were jealous due to the apparent smooth flow and organization of the Be The Sun concert held in Jakarta on December 28, 2022, which another company, MecimaPro, handled.
12.8k lang VIP soundcheck sa Indonesia and that's the most expensive ticket but they still managed to make jakarta a mini caratland 🥲 haha tanginamo sagad lnph san mo dinala pera namin mas mahal nga singil niyo tas anlaki pa ng venue tas ganon ganon lang yung bets bulacan? pic.twitter.com/RU1sT8moXp
— c | manifesting jihan selca ✨ (@jihaniification) December 27, 2022
VIP soundcheck only cost 12.8k in Indonesia and that’s the most expensive ticket but they still managed to make jakarta a mini caratland haha f*ck you lnph where did you use our money you charged more and the venue was bigger but bets bulacan was worse?
hugs to all filo carats 🙁 the jealousy is valid. your feelings are valid. the comparisons are valid because it really feels like we’ve been cheated on knowing that we haven’t even got the bare minimum from lnph. only seventeen and carats made that concert successful.
— ray ! (@kmgluvre) December 28, 2022
JKT Carats are so lucky coz the BETS in JKT organizer did everything for SEVENTEEN and CARATS. LNPH could never. pic.twitter.com/yIbOg4lMUR
— kim ㅡ 킆스 ♡ 밍구 (@kimingyuzone) December 28, 2022
Others pleaded with SEVENTEEN’s company, Pledis Entertainment, not to partner with Live Nation Entertainment for future concerts.
Pinagdadasal ko nalang talaga na sa next concert ng SVT here sa Pilipinas, blacklisted na LNPH sa Pledis. Please hear us out @pledis17_STAFF. Please don't ever let Live Nation Philippines handle SVT again for their future concerts here in the Philippines. We're begging y'all
— mia saw SVT twice! 🏽 (@minwonlogy) December 28, 2022
I pray that LNPH is blacklisted by Pledis for the next SVT concert in the Philippines. Please hear us out @pledis17_STAFF. Please don’t ever let Live Nation Philippines handle SVT again for their future concerts here in the Philippines. We’re begging y’all
genuinely wish pledis saw the horrors during the bulacan show and cut ties with lnph already cause they literally did not only carats dirty but seventeen as well it's sooooo fucking appalling to think they got away with it and didn't even mention a single word after the con
— A (@pinwheeIz) December 27, 2022
Some TREASURE MAKERs, TREASURE’s official fandom, were also worried when the group announced they were partnering with Live Nation Entertainment for their upcoming concert.
teumes nung nalaman nilang live nation ang handler: pic.twitter.com/ptPZFdzN3E
— keiko 景行 (@KEI4HWAN) December 28, 2022
Teumes (TREASURE MAKERs) when they found out Live Nation is the handler
"treasure HELLO "promoted by
tour in manila" LIVE NATION" pic.twitter.com/3LpKVw88kc
— kel ✦ (@pjhcache) December 28, 2022
Live Nation Entertainment has had lawsuits filed against them in the past for ticket price fixing and violation of health and safety laws, among other issues. Perhaps the most controversial among these was the crowd-crushing incident at Astroworld Festival, wherein ten people died, and thousands were injured.