Date
25 April 2018
Police promised to step up efforts to ensure the security of Mayday fans seeking to buy tickets for the rock band's local concerts. Photo: Unusual Productions (Facebook)
Police promised to step up efforts to ensure the security of Mayday fans seeking to buy tickets for the rock band's local concerts. Photo: Unusual Productions (Facebook)

Police strengthen patrol at ticket outlets for Mayday concerts

Hong Kong police have stepped up their patrol around ticket stations for the local concerts of a popular rock band from Taiwan.

The increased security came after it was reported that some gang members, apparently involved in ticket scalping, assaulted fans lining up to buy the tickets. 

The band, Mayday, is set to play six outdoor concerts at the Hong Kong Disneyland in May.

Tickets went on sale on Thursday, but many people had been waiting outside several ticket outlets since last week, with some bringing their own tents, Apple Daily reports.

On Saturday, several men, suspected to be members of a ticket scalping gang, accused a group of mainland students queuing up to buy the tickets of taking their spots at a ticket outlet on Cameron Lane in Tsim Sha Tsui.

According to eyewitnesses, a Hong Kong man suffered a head injury during the ensuing commotion allegedly started by the group of men said to be of South Asian descent.

Unusual Productions, the organizer of the concerts, issued a statement to condemn the violence and filed a police report.

Police promised to step up efforts to ensure security of the people waiting in line at ticketing outlets.

According to Unusual Productions, it discussed with Urbtix last year a plan to roll out a real-name registration system for the sale of concert tickets, but it was deemed unfeasible because of time constraints.

In a message posted on Facebook on Thursday morning, Unusual Productions said it was notified by Cityline, the local online ticketing platform, that several ticket outlets had experienced problems in updating their systems.

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