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Arena Market: Taiwan

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Taiwanese pop diva A-Mei’s record-breaking 12-date residency at the 15,350-capacity Taipei Arena in April was a triumphant return not just for the Mandopop superstar, but demonstrated the health of demand for live music market on the island. The first post-Covid shows were by Eric Chou on 8-9 August 2020 at a fully-sold out, full-capacity Taipei Arena.

Nonetheless, after initial success controlling Covid-19, Taiwan saw a spike in cases during 2022. At the time of writing, cases were under control, but the popular tourist destination for Asian visitors saw a ramping up of military activity from its neighbour China, which claims ownership of the self-ruled island.

The first post-Covid shows were by Eric Chou on 8-9 August 2020 at a fully-sold out, full-capacity Taipei Arena.

Opened in 2005, Taipei Arena is divided into the main hall and subsidiary arena, which is an ice rink. The main hall is comprised of two underground levels and five reinforced concrete levels above ground, and the venue includes a zone made up of restaurant chains, convenience stores, fitness centres, family fun centres, and shops. Shows include Ariana Grande, The Music of John Williams, and Asian stars such as WeiBird and Wanfang.

However, due to noise complaints from neighbouring residents following A-Mei’s 2015 concerts, arena management introduced a regulation that imposes a fine of TWD$100,000 (€3,300) per song and possible cancellation of the performance if a concert’s decibel level rises above 63. The regulation became popularly known as the ‘A-Mei Clause.’

K-Arena (12,000) in the southern city of Kaohsiung has seen performances from G.E.M, Power Station, and Jolin Tsai.

Colloquially known as ‘The Egg’ due to its distinctive architecture, K-Arena (12,000) in the southern city of Kaohsiung has seen performances from G.E.M, Power Station, and Jolin Tsai. The long-span steel dome opened in 2008, and has a 42m-high roof, automatic retractable seating, large central electronic screen, mobile ceiling suspension system, video instant broadcasting, and more.

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