Excited: Fans of Swift posing for a group photo at a fan gathering at The Curve organised by Universal Music Malaysia.
PETALING JAYA: Taylor Swift is getting a lot of love from Malaysians, with fans not even blinking an eye over the hardship to secure tickets to her maiden concert in the country.
Nadiah Jamaludin lined up for more than two hours to get hold of the coveted tickets.
“By the time I got to the counter, there were only free-seating tickets left,” said the 12-year-old, who has seen the US country singer in concert twice.
She purchased the tickets nonetheless, but her mother Norizan Azizan, 45, later went online to buy tickets to the Singapore leg of the concert.
Yvonne Ng, 23, also went to great lengths to get a ticket, joining seven contests in the past month.
“It took me three days to film a video for the AIA Real Music Never Stops contest,” said Ng on one of the competitions won.
If not for these competitions, 19-year-old Ashley Tay would not be able to catch the Red hitmaker in action here.
“My parents think it’s a waste of time and money so I have to find other means to get tickets,” said Tay, another winner of the AIA contest.
Ooi Eu Gene, co-founder of alternative online source for second-hand tickets Instyx (previously known as FongFeiKei), said there had been increased traffic on their site as the concert approaches.
“Three or four days before the show, there will be more people selling their tickets,” said Ooi, who estimated 300 Taylor Swift tickets to be sold through his site.
A quick search on marketplace website Mudah.my also revealed numerous posts selling Taylor Swift tickets, often at a higher price.
A netizen is selling a pair of Red Zone tickets (the seats nearest to the stage) for a whopping RM4,000 instead of the original RM1,450, while another is selling Category 1 tickets for RM800 (original is RM495).
Tickets to the Taylor Swift Live In Kuala Lumpur show, set for June 11 at Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil, sold out within hours after they went on sale on March 1.