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Chinese promoter in hot water over 30min Exo gig

The city of Shanghai has ruled that refunds must be given to fans who paid up to $1,500 for a half-hour gig

By Jon Chapple on 30 Mar 2016

Exo, Louis Kim

Exo in Seoul in 2014


image © Louis Kim

Shanghai’s arts and culture administration has ordered a Chinese promoter to provide a full refund to fans of K-pop boy band Exo after a concert advertised as lasting three hours finished after just 30 minutes.

The promoter had promised that all nine members of Exo would perform at least 10 songs. However, one band member, Lay, was absent, and the concert lasted barely half an hour, reports allkpop.

Many fans had reportedly paid up to ¥10,000 (roughly US$1,500) for front-row seats, with regular tickets fetching between¥4,000 and ¥6,000 yuan ($600–$900).

Although refunds will be given, concertgoers will have to travel to an office block in Shanghai to collect their money, regardless of where they live.