Filipino TREASURE MAKERs, TREASURE‘s official fandom, were excited when YG Entertainment announced that the 10-member group would visit the Philippines on their worldwide Hello concert tour on April 15, 2023.
Unfortunately, some fans were disappointed when Live Nation Entertainment was revealed to be organizing the event since the company has faced allegations of ticket price fixing and violation of health and safety laws. Some Filipino CARATs also described their experience at SEVENTEEN‘s Be The Sun concert in December 2022, also organized by Live Nation Entertainment, as “traumatizing.”
— Live Nation PH (@livenationph) December 28, 2022
Further criticism of Live Nation Entertainment surfaced when TREASURE’s Hello concert prices in Manila were announced, and fans were shocked by how expensive they were. Tickets ranged from ₱3,500 PHP or about $64 USD for general admission to ₱19,500 PHP or about $356 USD for VIP sound check.
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— Live Nation PH (@livenationph) January 10, 2023
For comparison, the highest Hello concert ticket prices in Singapore and Indonesia were S$348 SGD or about $261 USD and Rp3,400,000 IDR or about $218 USD, respectively, a noticeable difference between the prices in the Philippines.
📢 2023 TREASURE TOUR [HELLO] IN 🇸🇬 @treasuremembers SAYS HELLO TO SG TEUME!! 👋🏼💙 The boys will be coming to our sunny island to perform for the first time ever! WOOHOO~! 🤩
— Live Nation SG (@livenationsg) January 6, 2023
[ANNOUNCEMENT] 2023 TREASURE TOUR [HELLO] IN JAKARTA, March 18-19 2023 at ICE BSD City – Ticket Sales Schedule.
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— MCP (@mecimapro) January 10, 2023
Netizens couldn’t understand how TREASURE’s concert was more expensive than the concerts of SEVENTEEN and BLACKPINK.
TREASURE’s ticket prices for TREASURE TOUR HELLO in Manila is more expensive than Seventeen and BLACKPINK. what is going on? pic.twitter.com/47rOZIcAQW
— 마기♡ (@iksanpjw) January 10, 2023
Others pointed out how many TREASURE MAKERs were students without income, making the tickets even more unattainable.
FILO-TEUMES LET'S DEMAND TO @livenationph NA GAWING CHEAPER ANG PRICE! THIS IS FRUSTRATING, KNOWING THAT MAJORITY OF US ARE STUDENTS AND YET THE TICKET PRICE IS NOT FRIENDLY🥲ANG MAHAL NG TICKET TAPOS SELLING AGAD NEXT WEEK?😭
— tel💭 (@PAJISMILE) January 10, 2023
filo teumes, we better file a petition to lower the price. this is too much not just for students but to all that are planning to attend the concert. also the seat plan is not good at all. 💀
— troy 戦士 (@kanemoyoshi) January 10, 2023
There have been no statements from YG Entertainment or Live Nation Entertainment regarding the adjustment of the ticket prices as of the writing of this article.