Asia News: Masaru Ezaki, Seoul International Music Festival, Ticket Scalpers

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Japan

Death of producer Masaru Ezaki

One of Japan’s most successful music producers, Masaru Ezaki, died on August 31, apparently from COVID-19. Local media said Ezaki was in his 50s and had not been vaccinated. According to the hip-hop group Ezaki was recording at the time he fell ill, the producer tested positive for coronavirus on August 21 after a member of the hip-hop group also tested positive. Suffering only mild symptoms, Ezaki decided to “get back home,” according to the newspaper Mainichi Shimbun, under the supervision of a public health center. However, his condition quickly deteriorated and he is believed to have died at home.

Among the many artists produced by Ezaki were superstar actor Yuji Oda and Japan’s most successful female idol collective AKB48.

South Korea

Seoul Festival now “amusement park

The organizers of the Seoul International Music Festival, which celebrates South Korean classical musicians, will be held in October under the title “Amusement Park,” according to the Korea Herald. The performances will be presented at various venues in the South Korean capital from October 23 to 30.

Live classical music concerts have had an easier time returning to normal after the COVID pandemic than pop music concerts in Korea, although there are still some restrictions in place. Most of the concerts that make up the Seoul International Music Festival will involve local musicians who will create original compositions by local composers. According to the Korea Herald, many compositions were inspired by the pandemic in that they were purposely written for smaller sets.

In related news, the 5th Seoul Forest Jazz Festival will also be held in October as a fully live event after being held as a hybrid event last year. Nevertheless, this year’s festival will still limit the number of people admitted. The festival takes place outdoors in a park called Seoul Forest and features both local jazz artists and pop artists.

China

The dark side of the ticket office

According to World time, some Chinese ticketing companies are involved in the “dark trade” of selling blocks of tickets for popular events to scalpers. Indeed, some agencies sell only a minimum of tickets to the public by conventional means, saving the essentials for the scalpers, to whom they sell them at inflated prices knowing that there is a strong demand. Most scalp tickets are sold on online platforms.

The Sanctions Law of the Public Security Administration of China provides for prison terms of 10 to 15 days and a heavy fine for anyone who “falsifies, alters or resells … show tickets, sports competition tickets. or other tickets or commercial vouchers ”. As an example of the coming into force of the law, the Global Times reports that in August, four people suspected of selling “internal test tickets” to the new Universal Studios Beijing were arrested by police. for selling tickets up to ten times the price of the face. price of these tickets. The test tickets allowed those selected to visit the theme park even before its official public opening on September 20. According to the Shine news site, all tickets for the park’s opening day sold out within a minute of being made available at midnight in September. 14. In addition, tickets for the first three days of operation, which coincides with a Chinese national holiday, sold out within 30 minutes. All rooms for those days at the Universal Studios Grand Hotel were fully reserved within 30 minutes of going online.

The Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism has issued a national industry standard for event tickets, which aims to unify standardized services across the industry for the purchase, verification and reimbursement of tickets.

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