On Valentine’s Day, Primetrade Asia dropped a major announcement that one of the most popular girl rock bands in Japan, SCANDAL, is coming to Manila. The concert is set for June 24, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center, which sparked an initial excitement from the Filipino fans and J-rock enthusiasts alike.

It was a mere four days later, on February 18th, that an unannounced midnight sale of the concert tickets were opened online via the SM Tickets portal, as we have also previously spotted and reported immediately. It was not until 11:10AM of the next day when Primetrade Asia made the official announcement and the breakdown of ticket inclusions per tier (Emperor’s Pass, VIP, General Admission, and Fan Meet access).

The official announcement, however, came in late. The Emperor’s Pass and the Fan Meet tickets were already sold out prior to the organizer’s official announcement. This, in return, has fans in furor, with most comments reacting on the tardiness of the announcement and the swift selling-out of the opportunity to meet and greet the band.

Primetrade Asia, Inc. has released an official statement in response to fan reaction, as quoted below:

OFFICIAL STATEMENT

We are very grateful for the interest shown for the upcoming SCANDAL ASIA TOUR 2018 “HONEY” IN MANILA. Due to the high demand and limited quantity of the Emperor’s and Fan Meet Passes available for public sale, the tickets had been sold fast through SM Ticket’s largest network with 77 branches nationwide and online platform. And, because of the technicalities of the ticketing system, the tickets were made available for purchase online earlier than the announcement and the advised schedule to the Promoter. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. While we cannot commit to anything in the meantime, we are doing our best to find ways to be able to welcome more attendees. Thank you.

To date, there is no assurance from the organizer to sell more tickets for the upcoming SCANDAL Asia Tour 2018 in Manila. We’ll just have to wait for further announcements in the coming days.

As of the evening of February 21, VIP tickets have also been sold out, leaving only the General Admission tickets up for grabs. Tickets with marked-up prices have begun to appear on other online selling portals. Please DO NOT BUY from these unofficial sellers to avoid getting scammed, and to avoid risk of any further danger. For purposes of safety, we will not link said websites here.

Below: Facebook post of Primetrade Asia