For the First Time Ever in the History of Hong Kong’s Concert Business, YOSHIKI Plays a Complimentary Concert in Lieu of Cancellation
“YOSHIKI Classical Special with Orchestra – HONG KONG”, originally scheduled to take place at AsiaWorld-Expo Arena on Thursday, December 29th, was cancelled due to an oversight by Puffin Entertainment, one of Hong Kong’s major local promoters, in applying for the entertainment license necessary to perform the show. Immediately following the cancellation announcement, Yoshiki himself negotiated with the venue and held a press conference shortly after.
Since the entertainment license for paid concerts takes weeks to complete, Yoshiki proposed that the concert would take place the next day (December 30th) free of charge, and that all 5,000 tickets purchased will be refunded as compensation not only to the people who came to the show from Hong Kong but also to those who traveled internationally to see the performance. Yoshiki also expressed his sympathy towards the promoter by saying it wasn’t an intentional mistake and that he really appreciated the promoter’s hard work. The ticket price for the concert ranged from HK $580-1280 (appx. $75-165 USD).