So here’s the deal. Lady Gaga is coming to Hong Kong, one of those very rare occasions when an artist at the peak of their popularity is doing a concert here. The show is scheduled for May 2nd. They did a “pre-sale” only for HK American Express card holders.
Now, AsiaWorld can hold up to 14,000 people in the main hall, depending on the size of the stage and some other factors. Reportedly AmEx had either 5,000 or 6,000 tickets. There are approximately 47,000 AmEx card holders in HK. You were allowed to buy up to 8 tickets. So let’s say that just 10% of the AmEx holders wanted to get tickets. That means demand for 37,600 tickets, only 6,000 available, most of their card holders are going to be disappointed. And that’s indeed what happened.
The sale was conducted via the always-count-on-them-to-be-inept HK Ticketing. Tickets went on sale Thursday morning at 10 AM. Depending on who you believe, these tickets were sold out in 30 minutes, 1 hour or 3 hours. Either way, it was impossible to get through on HK Ticketing’s web site or phone lines because they don’t bother to scale up their infrastructure when the expected demand might scale up. Meanwhile some people waited on line outside Tom Lee Music Stores (where HK Ticketing has “live” sales). People waited online 3 hours or more and most came away disappointed. HK Ticketing doesn’t care. They don’t have to. The tickets sold out, they collected their fees.
The balance of the tickets go on sale this Monday morning at 10 AM. It ain’t gonna be pretty.
Meanwhile, Lady Gaga has added a second show, May 3rd.
Now for me, I think it would be interesting to see her live. I can imagine a very elaborate stage show that ought to be entertaining. And even if it’s not, the costumes that many of her fans, aka “little monsters,” would wear should certainly be worth seeing. But I could live without seeing her live. May 3rd also happens to be my birthday and I can imagine a lot of ways I’d rather spend that evening.
On the other hand, my gf is, well, gaga for Gaga. She is desperate to go.
Here’s the fly in the ointment. This Monday, we’re both in Manila. And at 10 AM, we will both be in the hospital. It’s doubtful that we will be able to access the internet or even have time to keep reloading HK Ticketing’s crappy web site.
So, if any kind soul out there who plans to buy tickets on Monday and actually manages to get through to make a purchase could pick up 2 tickets for me – any seats, either night – I’d be extremely grateful.