Singapore Fans break record: Queuing 7 days in advance for SMTown
K-pop fans are already queuing up at Marina Bay on Nov 17, 2012 for the SMTown concert due to be held on the floating platform on Nov 23, 2012.
SMTown Live World Tour III will be a four-hour long mega concert featuring S.M.Entertainment artistes Super Junior, Girls' Generation, BoA, f(x), EXO, Kangta, SHINee and TVXQ.
It is common for fans to queue overnight to get a good spot in the mosh pits, this was the case when K-pop group Big Bang were in town for their Alive Galaxy Tour earlier this year in September. Queuing seven days in advance however, has to be a new record.
"Overnight queuing not allowed"
RITS' "Guide To SM Town Live Tour III" has two terms and conditions which clearly state that fans who queue overnight may be required by security to leave the concert premises.
Official opening times for the concert's Mosh Pit are 9 am on Friday, and staff will start distributing wrist tags at 11 am.
"We are not sure if we will wait until Friday, see how I guess," said a 15-year-old male fan who was there with two other friends.
"If they ask us to leave, it's like queuing for nothing, it's not fair," said the fan, who is a student currently having his holidays.
He and his two other friends are keeping a spot for their group of 11 Girls' Generation fans, and they will take turns to keep "queue duty" until Friday.
Then, they will fight for a chance to be a few of the first in the mosh pit and closest to their female K-pop idols on stage.
"Queue-ers for Hire"
In the meantime, other enterprising young Singaporeans are looking to make some extra pocket money from queuing - on behalf of die hard fans who can't do it themselves.
Advertisements on online classifieds like Gumtree have appeared, offering queuing services at an average rate of between $4.50 and $5 an hour.
Y! Singapore spoke to one of the queue-ers for hire, 16-year-old student Dawn Ong.
"I will start queuing on Wednesday night - I've been paid $4.50 an hour to queue from 12 midnight on Wednesday to Friday morning, 9 am when the official opening starts," said Ong.
That works out to $148.50 for about thirty three hours of "work" for Ong, who will be spending her time reading or watching dramas on her laptop. She will be splitting the money in half with her best friend, who will relieve her of her duty occasionally so she can use the toilet or get a meal.
"It's easy money," said the Secondary Four student, who was "hired" by a group of 10 female fans in their early twenties who are working in the Central Business District nearby.
"They said they will come and check in on me to make sure I'm queuing," said Ong with a laugh.
This year's hotly anticipated SM Town Live Tour III concert has been about queues, queues, and more queues.
Source: StraitsTimes, Yahoo!Singapore, Picture 2, Picture 3
Well, pictures 2 and 3 were taken personally by my friend, he claimed the people camping there were crazy. If there is ever a "Craziest fan award", these Kpop fans will definitely clinch it.