French fans demand extension of sold-out K-pop concert
PARIS (Yonhap) ― Hundreds of French fans rallied in front of the Louvre Museum in Paris on Sunday to demand an extension of a Korean pop concert that sold out in 15 minutes.
Some 300 young people picketed and danced to Korean pop tunes for over an hour, demanding that the concert scheduled for June 10 be extended by one day.
Korean pop culture, known as "Hallyu," or the Korean Wave, has been gaining worldwide popularity in recent years.
Girls' Generation, Super Junior, SHINee and other top groups managed by the agency S.M. Entertainment are scheduled to perform at the Zenith de Paris concert hall, which seats more than 6,000 people.
"As this is the first concert by S.M. singers in Europe, fans there are very enthusiastic," said an agency official from Seoul.
"We're considering holding an additional concert after looking into our singers' schedules," the official said, adding that fans at the rally were not only French but also from across Europe.
Some of the participants claimed that certain individuals had begun to scalp tickets after hoarding hundreds of them when they went on sale online on April 26.