Fans Fretting as Polling Day Clashes with Bruno Mars Concert

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Fans of American R&B star Bruno Mars may be wondering what will happen to his Kuala Lumpur concert, since it falls on the same day as polling day on May 9.

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They will have to wait to find out, with the organiser asking fans to wait for an official statement.

“Thank you for all your messages and calls in regards to the upcoming election and Bruno Mars concert.

“Please stay tuned to PR Worldwide for an official announcement,” the Bruno Mars concert organiser PR Worldwide said on its Facebook page today.

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All 12,000 tickets to the Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour in Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil have been sold out.

In 2013, a concert featuring Italian opera singer-songwriter Andrea Bocelli fell on the same day of GE13 on May 5.

This time around, with thousands expected to return home to vote in their respective hometowns, today’s announcement of the polling date has given organisers and promoters of the concert a scheduling headache.

The concert was scheduled to start at 8.30pm but polling only closes in the late afternoon in most centres.

Several Facebook users commented that they would lose a lot of money if the date was changed.

One such user said she had spent over RM1,000 on flights and accommodation to see the World Tour stopover here.

Others insisted on a date change to allow them to perform their democratic duty in their hometowns, requesting refunds and the possibility for Mars to perform on another date in the future.

In the run-up to Malaysia, Mars was set to play two dates each in Bangkok, Manila and Singapore.