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MBC Korean Music Wave in Singapore 2013 cancelled

SINGAPORE — The MBC Korean Music Wave in Singapore 2013 has been cancelled — just 10 days before the event, billed as the biggest K-Pop concert, is due to be held.

Girls' Generation's TaeTiSeo would probably have made colourful emcees at the MBC Korean Music Wave in Singapore. Photo: SM Entertainment

Girls' Generation's TaeTiSeo would probably have made colourful emcees at the MBC Korean Music Wave in Singapore. Photo: SM Entertainment

SINGAPORE — The MBC Korean Music Wave in Singapore 2013 has been cancelled — just 10 days before the event, billed as the biggest K-Pop concert, is due to be held.

In a statement posted last night on the event’s Facebook page, concert organiser Fatfish Entertainment said it was cancelled “due to unforeseen circumstances, including contractual difficulties with our co-producer, MBC (Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation)”.

“This is an unexpected turn of events and we are ascertaining how this cancellation will affect our financial position,” it added.

This announcement came about a week after Fatfish issued an apology for asking for donations for the concert’s fan-supported projects, including food and transport subsidies.

In that Facebook post, which appears to have been deleted, the company announced that it would “no longer wish to continue with the fan-support projects”, and apologised to MBC, one of South Korea’s largest TV stations and the artists “if our actions have affected their reputation”.

The three-hour extravaganza, jointly organised by MBC and Singapore-based Fatfish Entertainment and presented by StarHub, was to have been held at the Gardens By The Bay on Nov 16.

In a statement last night, Ms Wang Li-Na, Head of Consumer Marketing, StarHub, said: “We were very disappointed to learn this evening, from the concert promoter, Fatfish Entertainment, that the MBC Korean Music Wave concert has been cancelled. We are currently in talks with them to find out more.”

Fatfish’s post on Facebook attracted hundreds of comments from disappointed fans, who bought tickets ranging from S$168 to S$688, less than an hour after the statement was posted.

“It’s so unprofessional of you to announce at such a short notice when the event is just 10 days away ... Ticket prices were unreasonably sky-high, which caused you guys to have poor sales,” said fan Mira Jamil.

The company said it is currently seeking professional advice about how the company can make refunds to ticket holders and other creditors.

In September, organisers of the 1 World Music Festival — also citing “unforeseen circumstances” — announced that it would be cancelled just two days before opening night on Sept 20.

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