There’s more to the story, though.
The average cost of K-Pop concert tickets has been going through the roof lately, for events both in South Korea as well as internationally. It’s become a big enough problem that more and more fans have started complaining about being unable to justify paying so much for just one concert experience, and it seems to be impacting concert sales too.
Back in early September, TXT announced their ACT: SWEET MIRAGE world tour finale at Gocheok Sky Dome. The two-day event will be held on December 2 and 3, with the capacity of the arena being around 25,000 attendees.
.@TXT_members is headed to Gocheok Sky Dome in December! The band will hold its encore gigs at Gocheok Sky Dome on Dec. 2-3, marking the finale of world tour “ACT : SWEET MIRAGE.” Can’t wait to have you boys back! 🙌 #TXT #ACT_SWEET_MIRAGE #투모로우바이투게더 pic.twitter.com/Xsc0kKgxPj
— KpopHerald (@Kpop_Herald) September 4, 2023
Recently, a post was made on an online forum that claims to show the group’s “low” ticket sales for the concert, using screenshots of fourth-level seating charts that seemingly show many empty (green) seats.
Based on this information alone, some netizens have left comments on the post blaming ridiculous concert ticket prices for the seemingly low sales numbers. And considering these fourth-level tickets are selling for about 160,000 won (~$121 USD), it’s no surprise that not many people would want to pay such a high price for such low visibility.
However, there is more to the story. The original tickets for the two-day event actually sold out earlier this month, and this seating chart shows the sales for additional seating that was added on after the show sold out.
Tickets for TXT’s ACT: SWEET MIRAGE Finale to be held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on December 2 & 3 are now SOLD OUT 🔥
— 하지 (@txtarchivee) November 4, 2023
TXT A:SM Finale : encore performance at gocheok Sky Dome is now SOLD OUT for 2 DAYS!
Concert capacity : 25K approx!
this is also the BIGGEST CONCERT DOME IN KOREA pic.twitter.com/R0c5KlkgeL
— Sputnik sweetheart 𓆩⟡𓆪 (@Sputnik_hearts) November 4, 2023
txt succesfully SOLD OUT both days of their Gocheok finale concert in a day so they added seats bc of high demand! this is what happens when you’re famous hope this helps pic.twitter.com/LcXOlgdX8o
— mev (@txtoptier) November 10, 2023
Others left comments accusing the post of spreading misinformation, as TXT actually had no problem selling out their original venue in a very short period of time despite high ticket prices.
Regardless of how quickly an artist is able to sell out concert tickets, the issue of overpriced events is still a problem that hopefully gets resolved before too long!