Charity concert sells out in nine minutes

Staff writer, with CNA

Mon, Mar 10, 2014 - Page 3

Tickets to a Taipei charity concert by four pop divas were sold out within nine minutes of going on sale on Saturday, according to the organizers.

“We are sincerely grateful for your support. Most important of all, we hope this charity concert will make more people pay attention to and support abused women and girls,” the organizers said on a Facebook fan page called “Project WAO [Women as One].”

A total of 10,000 tickets went on sale through ibon vending machines at 7-Eleven convenience stores around the country at 10am, and they disappeared within nine minutes, the organizers said.

However, the speed at which the tickets were sold also caused many complaints, with many fans posting messages to express their disappointment at not getting a ticket or their hope for additional concerts.

One netizen said scalpers were offering NT$800 (US$26.50) tickets for NT$2,200 and were likely to make big profits.

Award-winning A-mei (Chang Hui-mei, 張惠妹), Na Ying (那英) from China, Tanya Chua (蔡健雅) from Singapore and Hong Kong’s Sandy Lam (林憶蓮) are scheduled to sing at Taipei Arena on April 20 to support the cause.

Inspired by Lilith Fair, a concert tour and traveling music festival founded by Canadian musician Sarah McLachlan, the quartet is looking to replicate the fair’s success and raise funds to help victims of abuse.

All proceeds from the concert, which are expected to reach NT$10 million, are to go to charity.

The organizers said New Taipei City-based City People Foundation would receive the funds for its program of helping female abuse victims aged between 10 and 18,

Many other singers have expressed interest in performing at the concert as special guests, the organizers said, and to date Taiwan’s Faith Yang (楊乃文) and Jolin Tsai (蔡依林) have also been added to the concert’s lineup.