Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has called on Bad Rabbit to give a free concert in the capital’s Zocalo Plaza after hundreds of fans were locked out of the Puerto Rican rapper’s sold-out show last weekend thanks to a Ticketmaster hack.
At a regular morning news conference, López Obrador, or as he is commonly known, Amilo Bad Bunny, described him as a “supportive” and “sensitive” person, and said that although the government could not pay the artist, he would support limited production costs. for the concert.
“I’m asking Bad Rabbit, I know he’s very tired because he’s working a lot, but I’m asking him to consider the possibility of coming to Mexico, to the Zocalo,” Amlo said. “We hope it will come.”
Mexican social media was flooded with tears and distraught fans over the weekend after hundreds of people were denied tickets at the gate to the reggaeton superstar’s concert at the Azteca Stadium on Friday.
“It made us very emotional to see the sad young people whose tickets were cut and couldn’t get in, they were cheated, some of them were crying,” Amlo said. They have saved up for a long time to be able to buy their tickets.
On Saturday, Mexico’s consumer watchdog agency Profeco said Ticketmaster was obligated to refund the full cost of tickets purchased through official channels, as well as a 20% compensation fee.
Profeco head Ricardo Sheffield told local press that the office had received about 1,600 refund requests as of Saturday.
“The ticketmaster said they were fake, but they took them all out,” Sheffield said In an interview With local station Radio Formula, referring to the tickets, the company said they could be fined 10% of what it sold last year. “It’s a very beautiful way to control.”
in Statement on TwitterTicketmaster Mexico denied Sheffield’s claim, citing that more than 4.5 million people had registered for just 120,000 tickets.
The denial of entry was caused by an “unprecedented volume of fake tickets purchased outside of our official channels,” as well as confusion among staff and issues with the ticket-reading system, the company said. “There was no overbooking or overbooking.”
The fight in Mexico follows another dispute with Ticketmaster in the US, prompting condemnation from lawmakers and lawsuits from fans after the ticketing giant was forced to cancel public sales of singer Taylor Swift’s Eras tour after citing “excessive demand”.
Bad Bunny, who closed his international tour in Mexico City, has yet to comment on social media about the ticket issues or Amlo’s offer to hold a free concert.
“What a night!!! Thank you Mexico!!!”… The singer, born Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, He said on Twitter on Sunday. “Thank you America for the best experience of my life!!!! I will love you all my life!!!!”