By Chung Ah-young
An extra K-pop concert slated for June 11 in Paris sold out in 10 minutes.
“The June 11 concert to be held at Le Zenith de Paris sold all its tickets in 10 minutes after reservations were opened,” SM Entertainment said.
SM Entertainment originally planned the K-pop concert on June 10 but the tickets were sold out in 15 minutes.
More than 300 French fans who didn’t get tickets held a street rally including a flash mob and group dance to K-pop music in front of the Louvre Museum in Paris, urging the company to add an extra concert.
The company decided to hold the additional concert “SM Town Live World Tour in Paris” on June 11.
For the second concert, the ticket reservation sites — LiveNation (www.livenation.fr) and FnacSpectacles (www.fnacspectacles.com) — were temporarily shut down due to the explosion of online traffic on May 16.
“We’ve reconfirmed the enormous interest from French fans. We hope K-pop groups such as TVXQ, Super Junior, SHINee, f(x) and Girls’ Generation will spread the ongoing popularity drive from Paris to other parts of Europe,” the company said in a statement.
The “SM Town Live World Tour” has been staged in Seoul, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Shanghai. After Paris, the show will move to the Tokyo Dome with some 100,000 seats on Sept. 3 and 4.