Fans dejected as Gaga tickets sell out
Legions of disappointed music fans who had queued for up to three days were left empty-handed as pop sensation Lady Gaga's Hong Kong debut shows sold out in 90 minutes.
And many of those who made their way to the front of the queue had no interest in music - but plenty in making a quick profit.
Tickets for the May 2 and 3 dates - the second hastily arranged due to massive demand - went on sale to the public at 10am yesterday but were gone by 11.30am.
By last night, scores of tickets were available for sale on websites such as Yahoo, eBay, Taobao and Craiglist - with many dealers refusing to specify a price. On Yahoo a set of 20 HK$1,280 tickets was offered for HK$128,000.
'I thought Lady Gaga put on a second show for people like us who just want to see the show but have no connections,? said one frustrated fan who missed out despite waiting for three days at the Wan Chai outlet of Tom Lee music, one of 29 venues used by HK Ticketing.
Another said she had met up with friends outside the Wan Chai store at 5.45am and had still missed out. Shivering and clutching a cup of coffee, she said she might try other options.
'My friends and I will probably try buying black-market tickets, but I heard the HK$1,580 tickets are now going for HK$30,000 each, so I'm not sure,' she said.
In Tsim Sha Tsui, eight police officers had to maintain order after arguments over queue-jumping. At the front were two Indian men, who said they had been in line for a week - and made it clear that they were after a quick profit rather than a night of musical entertainment.
Fan Laki Boulieris joined the queue at 7am with friend Andrius Paskus, but left empty-handed. The two said they would have loved to see the pop queen perform Marry The Night - their favourite song.
'Oh well, next time,' said a deflated Boulieris.
One company manager said she could not access the HK Ticketing website as tickets went on sale. Frustration was also evident last week, when some music industry insiders revealed that they had missed out on advance sale tickets, while sales to American Express card holders sold out in three hours last Thursday.
A spokeswoman for HK Ticketing said the system did not crash and that the company had been 'working with [promoter] Live Nation ... and strengthened all sales channels to serve our customers'.
Live Nation did not return calls.