Red Velvet fans have, over the years, had their fair share of frustrations with SM Entertainment‘s treatment of their favorite group. The latest one seems to be related to the group’s upcoming Japan dates for their R to V concert.
R to V will be held on April 1 and 2 in Seoul, with the girl group performing in front of a sold-out KSPO Dome crowd full of 15,000 fans. The concert will be Red Velvet’s first concert in three years, as their last one, La Rouge, was cut short due to COVID-19.
The second day of the concert will also be streamed on Beyond Live, making it possible for fans all over the world to witness this amazing moment together.
Beyond LIVE – Red Velvet 4th Concert : R to V
4/2 SUN 4PM (KST)
KOREA:LIVE ONLY ￦55,000/LIVE+ReStreaming ￦62,000
JAPAN:LIVE ONLY 5,500円/LIVE+ReStreaming 6,200円
GLOBAL:LIVE ONLY 50 USD/LIVE+ReStreaming 55 USD
※You can purchase one ticket per ID pic.twitter.com/Ht2xe2U12Z
— Red Velvet (@RVsmtown) March 16, 2023
The members have been teasing fans with a lot of information, from posting clips of them practicing songs on YouTube, to sharing selfies and videos of them working hard in the practice room. All five seem to be extremely excited to greet fans with a concert after such a long time.
— (@reneventory) March 13, 2023
Other than Seoul, SM Entertainment also announced two dates in Yokohama, Japan. The group will perform at the Pia Arena MM on May 3 and 4. While Japanese Reveluvs are delighted to hear this, they would soon find out some bad news regarding tickets, with a big problem being caused by the lack of an official fan club in Japan.
On March 17, Red Velvet’s Japanese Twitter account posted a tweet with information regarding the pre-sale of R to V tickets. The tweet essentially revealed that only members of the SMTOWN OFFICIAL JAPAN fan club members would be able to join the pre-sale.
約3年ぶりとなる“Red Velvet”待望の来日公演『Red Velvet 4th Concert : R to V in JAPAN』のオフィシャル先行受付の実施決定
— Red_Velvet_JP (@Red_VelvetJP) March 17, 2023
Since the group doesn’t have an official fan club, this meant that, if ReVeluvs want to participate in the ticket pre-sale for R to V, they have to be members of another SM artist’s fan club. This also gives priority to other SM artists’ fans over Red Velvet’s own fans.
Oh! official Fanclub round? but you know what? Red velvet does not have an official Fanclub in japan. Do you think other group's fan clubs have more chances to go to red velvet concerts than reveluv themselves is something it should be? GIVE THEM AN OFFICIAL JAPAN FANCLUB NOW?
— ใจบางกว่าGraphene #RV3 WHEN? (@A_Grapheneheart) March 17, 2023
ReVeluvs have faced similar issues before due to this “negligence” by SM Entertainment. They were the only fanbase unable to use priority for SMCU Express in Japan, thus, making it harder for their Japanese fans to get tickets for the show. Fans even tried to sign a petition to get a response from SM Entertainment regarding their missing fan club, sadly, to no avail.
Red Velvet is the only active group from SM without an official Japanese fanclub.
During SMCU Express in Japan, ticket priority was given to fanclub members, but since RV does not have one, it was more difficult for J-Luvies to get tickets.
Let's help sign petition https://t.co/9EW1cbqA6L pic.twitter.com/mprp6c2DWT
— RVElites | R to V (@rvelites) March 5, 2023
Upon finding out the news, the ReVeuv fandom was enraged. Many took to Twitter to share their frustrations. Some fans said this feels like a “slap in the face”, others noted that the lack of a fan club doesn’t make sense as this will be the fourth time Red Velvet successfully holds concerts in Japan.
This is such a slap in the face to red velvet fans its unreal
Red Velvet are the ONLY group without a fanclub but there's ticketing for Red Velvet's concert for members of SMTOWN Official Japan (a site you can only join if you are a member of ANY jpn fanclub from a SM group) https://t.co/VlFutohUAr
— Roo #BIRTHDAY (@kinoshiitas) March 17, 2023
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