'Nobody said it was easy': Netizens shocked by Coldplay ticket prices
MANILA, Philippines – Would you pay tens of thousands of pesos to see your favorite band, no matter if the event will be held at outdoor concert grounds and not in an enclosed stadium?
This is the dilemma many Filipino fans of pop rock band Coldplay have been agonizing over since the release of ticket prices for the "A Head Full of Dreams" concert in April 2017 – the band's first performance in the country.
A change.org petition by Karysma Czarina has even made the rounds, asking concert promoter MMI Live to switch the venue from the flat, open-air Mall of Asia Concert Grounds to the enclosed and elevated Philippine Sports Stadium.
Fans have also caught wind that ticket prices in the band's stops at other countries are a fraction of Philippine prices. Some have even started seriously considering watching the show abroad to save money.
Many instantly took to social media to air their grievances over the sky-high prices:
Not all netizens thought the prices were a big deal, however. On Twitter, some fans were wallowing in frustration, while others took a more pragmatic route:Coldplay Prices Too High - Curated tweets by rapplerdotcom Why Complain? - Curated tweets by rapplerdotcom
In a clever move, the local affiliate of AirAsia even decided to cash in on some fans' decision to watch abroad instead:
The Philippines' Department of Trade and Industry also chimed in, offering advice to heartbroken fans.
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