Concert Tickets in Indonesia Seen as Expensive, Government to Prepare Strategies

Concert Tickets in Indonesia Seen as Expensive, Government to Prepare Strategies
Concert Tickets in Indonesia Seen as Expensive, Government to Prepare Strategies

In recent discussions across social media, concerns have been escalating over the steep prices of international artists’ concert tickets in Indonesia. This time, it’s the K-pop community, known as K-popers, voicing their dissatisfaction. Reacting swiftly, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy is outlining a series of strategies to address these grievances.

The uproar stemmed from objections regarding the upcoming Super Junior concert slated for September 2024, as shared on the platform X (formerly Twitter). Fans were taken aback when iMe Indonesia, the official promoter, revealed ticket prices ranging from Rp 1.6 million to Rp 4 million.

Responding to criticisms of concert tickets in Indonesia, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, acknowledged the outcry regarding the exorbitant prices, stressing the importance of basing statements on concrete data.

“We cannot make assertions without solid data. Our data consistently indicates that our concerts are high-energy events,” Sandiaga emphasized during the Weekly Press Briefing in Central Jakarta on Monday (3/6/2024).

Sandiaga underscored the continuous enhancement in Indonesia’s concert quality, attributing it to the enthusiastic engagement of audiences. He highlighted the necessity of upholding international standards in concert ticket pricing to stay competitive.

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“Considering the influx of foreign tourists attending these events,” the Minister pointed out.

“To counter the notion of inflated concert ticket prices here, we will collaborate closely with concert organizers,” he added.

Sandiaga also announced plans to expedite the digitization of concert permits, aimed at reducing ticket prices. This initiative will streamline the permit process between promoters and local authorities, cutting down on costs.

“Our aim is for digital concert permits to decrease the overall expenses associated with organizing concerts. With increased concert availability, our industry’s competitiveness will soar,” he explained.

Sandiaga attributed the high ticket costs to overwhelming public interest, which often surpasses the current supply of concerts in Indonesia.

“If we expand the supply and provide options across various cities, we can potentially lower concert expenses,” he concluded.