Sep 07, 2016

    Fans petition for refunds after Chou's National Stadium gig

    MORE than 1,500 signatures have been garnered for an online petition seeking refunds after Mandopop king Jay Chou held a concert at the National Stadium on Saturday.

    It was created by Goh Ying Sheng at on Sunday. He wants refunds to be made by organiser Multimedia Entertainment and for Singapore Sports Hub to "give answers for repeated poor standards of concerts held at the National Stadium".

    The gig was a sold-out affair with a crowd size of 40,000. Tickets cost between $92 and $342 (inclusive of booking fee).

    Mr Goh, 28, was actually not keen on going to the concert because his previous experience of Chou's 2014 Opus 2 gig at the National Stadium was marred by sound which was "not clear, not sharp".

    He changed his mind when he saw that the seating plan indicated the presence of additional speakers.

    The media producer paid $122 and ended up seated "higher than the position of the speakers so totally couldn't hear at all".

    Of the decision to start a petition, he said: "Many times, we consumers feel very helpless in such a situation... I feel that businesses take us for granted because they think that we can't do anything."

    A statement from Singapore Sports Hub and Multimedia Entertainment noted that concert-goers in "some sections" had issues with the sound. It pointed out that this was despite efforts at improving the situation from the Opus 2 concert.