“Never underestimate a girl’s love for her favourite band. Never think even for a minute, that she won’t defend them to her death. Because it’s not just the music that makes that band her favourite. It’s the guys, the gals. It’s the fans. People whom of which she has interacted with thanks to the band. That band might of saved her life, or just made her smile every day. That band has never broke her heart and has yet to leave her. No wonder she finds such joy in her music.” – Alex Gaskarth from All Time Low
Many people, especially music enthusiasts love to go concerts and they don’t mind to pay for the expensive entrance tickets just to enjoy the lively atmosphere and to be close to their favourite artists for a few hours.
However, it is not uncommon to see concerts being cancelled last minute in Malaysia. And most of the time, the chances of consumers to get a refund are very slim. “We Malaysians spend millions of ringgit on cancelled-events, not just concerts, but many other events, annually,” shared Mr Rauff, founder of UberTickets.
In some cases, events cancellation are due to unforeseen factors like weather issues or failing to get approval from authorities. In many other cases, events are called off due to improper management of event promoters. For instance, on last Saturday (21 September 2019), a concert featuring two famous Mandopop singers – David Tao and Shin – was cancelled after the organiser had failed to settle the balance of the appearance fees for the duo.
Apparently, the event organiser did not even obtain endorsement from the state government. It is known by the event industry that there are some irresponsible event promoters that always failed to deliver concerts or events as promised. “Whenever they failed, they would close down the company and repeat the same thing using a newly registered company name in the future. Sometimes, even famous artists might be conned by them,” Mr Rauff explained.
Luckily, Mr Rauff has shared some useful tips to help us stay away from these unpleasant situations. Follow these practices if you don’t want to take a risk!
#1 Is the Event Sponsored?
If the event or concert is sponsored by well-known brands, it is more likely to be legit. Bear in mind, it is never easy to get companies to commit money or resources for an event. Therefore, sponsorship is the most reliable endorsement of all.
#2 If it is Self-Funded, Is the Organiser Reputable?
The first way to determine the reputation of an event organiser is to check its past events. If any of the following conditions describe its history, you’re safe:
- It has hosted a sponsored event.
- It has hosted similar events, all of those events were successful.
- This is a joint-venture event of it with a reputable event organiser.
#3 Is the Theme of the Event or the Image of the Artist Aligned with our Moral Policies?
It is nothing new that events that include sensitive elements such as alcohol or overly-sexy artists might be the target of disapprobation by authorities. If these events are sponsored or hosted by reputable event promoters, you may still get your refund back when the events are called off. If the organiser is unsearchable on the net, you probably need to stay away from the event, no matter how good it sounds.
#4 What’s the Event Size?
You can still go for events hosted by new event organisers if they are running smaller events. Smaller events mean smaller venue and lower costs, which translates into lower risks and cheaper entrance fees. Smaller events aren’t only great for their cheaper tickets, but also give you extraordinary experiences as you might get to discover new but talented artists, and might meet friends who share the same interests and mindset!
Events Recommendation by Mr Rauff
Rockaraoke – Hip Hop & R&B Edition
Date: 27 September 2019 (Friday)
Venue: Black Box @ Publika Gallery
Entrance Fee: Free of Charge
Rockaraoke is just like karaoke, with a twist that you get to sing live, on stage with a live band. Prior to the event, the organiser will announce the list of songs for participants to pick a song and perform on stage. Audiences can vote for their favourite participant and participants with higher votes will win the prizes.
Malaysia’s very first Rockaraoke was successfully held on 26 July 2019, this time they are coming back with the Hip Hop and R&B genres. While the registration for participants has closed, you can still walk-in to enjoy the event as an audience, without charges!
If you’re dropping there tonight, be sure to dress up like a swagger! You might be spotted as the Best Hip Hop Dressed to win Rockaraoke Merchandise.
Don’t be sad if you can’t make it tonight, just follow UberTicket’s Instagram to get notified for the next Rockaraoke!
The 25th Maba Cup Championship
Date: 1-5 October 2019
Venue: MABA Stadium
Entrance Tickets: Check here –> http://mabacup.ubertickets.my/
MABA Cup is an annual basketball tournament established by the Malaysian Basketball Association (MABA) to promote the sport among the non-Chinese society.
If you happened to be a basketball enthusiast, let’s come to support the young players to make Malaysia Basketball great again!
Do watch our latest video for fun conversations between Mr Rauff and the two party animals, Bryan & Vignesh from KDU University College!