Longest running Korean ‘idol’ group Shinhwa will be celebrating their 15th (FIFTEENTH!!) anniversary this March! *throws confetti* Yaaay!! To commemorate their big one-five, they’re returning with a new album (their 11th) and are holding a 15th anniversary concert (on March 16 & 17) for their fans. Yeee!
I haven’t had the pleasure of attending any of their concerts, and I just couldn’t let this one pass me by. Tickets for the concert went on sale early this morning (8pm in Korea yesterday, February 12) and all 25,000 seats were sold out within 5 minutes. SOLD OUT. Over 300,000 people tried to access Interpark (the ticket seller), causing the server to crash and sending thousands of poor souls into cardiac arrest. Alas, my own Pinkblossom Special Agents out on Mission: Impossible met with the same fate: server down. NOOOOO!
*choking back sobs* Okay, okay, I’m calming down. *sniffle* I’m trying. *sniffle*
Adding some fun times to the situation is the Fandom War that has started. Wheee! Before we begin, a few glossary terms for those who need some help navigating the madness that is K-pop Fandom: (1) the official fanclub name of group Infinite is Inspirit; (2) ELF for group Super Junior; and (3) Shinhwa Changjo for – you guessed it! – Shinhwa. Sooo, a fan of Shinhwa would call him/herself a “Shinhwa Changjo.” Trust me, this is just a little taste of the veeery tip of the iceberg. There are names for fans of individual members, each group has their own ‘color,’ even each member back in Fin.K.L days had their own color~ You get the point.
Okay, back to the story. According to the ever reliable Twitterverse, several Inspirits purchased tickets to Shinhwa’s concert… as a warm-up for the mad ticketing that will go down for Infinite’s upcoming concert. *silence* Some reports claim ELFs were also using the Shinhwa concert ticketing as a practice session. Let’s just say that, ah, Shinhwa Changjos are out for blood. Commence bloodbath!
In any case, I’m just gonna crawl into bed with a pint of Haagen-Dazs Coffee ice cream and cry myself to sleep. Maybe I’ll grab a pint of Thrifty’s Chocolate Malted Krunch, too. Oh, and can’t forget good ol’ Chocolate.