Attention Martians! Hua Chenyu’s 2019 Mars Concerts (华晨宇2019火星演唱会) will take place at Shenzhen Bao’an Stadium (深圳宝安体育中心) on November 2 and 3. Ticket information has not been released yet. If you plan on joining Hua Chenyu in his annual Martian homecoming, make sure to clear your schedule and start looking for temporary Martian lodging around the landing area in advance. Excited Martians from Weibo have already reported difficulty in hotel booking around November 2 in vicinity of the stadium.
Here are some photos from last year’s Mars Concerts to get your blood pumping.
June 27 Update: Poster, Prices, Ticketing Platform
The official poster for the 2019 Mars Concert has been released. Hua Chenyu posted on Weibo “November 2, Shenzhen Bao’an Stadium, welcome home to Mars, everyone! #2019 Hua Chenyu Mars Concert”
As always, there’s no inflation on Mars, and ticket prices for Hua’s 2019 concert remain the same as they have been for the last six years, even though the demand has skyrocketed and Midgardian economy has been fragile. This is Hua’s subtle way of giving back to his fans, and art from the heart has no price tag.
As is tradition, tickets will be sold on damai.cn, a Chinese ticketing website. Ticket sales page has NOT been released yet.
Please note that only a small portion of events on Damai are available on both its Chinese and English websites. Many events can only be accessed via the Chinese website. The 2018 Mars Concert used to be available on damai’s English site, but was taken down shortly before ticket sales started. So we’re not sure if this year’s Mars Concert will have an English ticket sales page on damai.
Ticket prices for various seat options are: CNY (Chinese yuan) ¥1280-1080-880-580-480-380-180 (at the time of this writing, 1 Chinese yuan = 0.15 US dollars = 0.20 Singapore dollars = 0.60 Malaysian ringgits)
July 13 Update: Ticket Sales Page Released on Damai.cn
Online ticketing platform Damai published the ticket sales page for Hua Chenyu’s 2019 Shenzhen Mars Concert. Please note that ticket sales have NOT started yet. You can, however, set the Damai mobile app to notify you when ticket sales start.
Here’s the ticket sales page for the 2019 Mars Concert:
Ticket sales will start at 14:07 (UTC+8) on July 20.
A Chinese ID is required to buy tickets. And each Chinese ID can only buy one ticket.
July 14 Update: Ticket Sales on Owhat
Same as previous years, a small portion of tickets will be sold on Owhat, a Chinese fan service app. Sales on Owhat will start at 21:00 on July 18. Owhat provides a test link where users can rehearse the ticket buying process.
For those of you who do not hold a Chinese ID and want to buy tickets for Hua Chenyu’s 2019 Mars Concert, you can try contacting the various branches of Hua Chenyu Global Fan Club. Members of the fan club mostly communicate via QQ (a Chinese messaging app) and Weibo (the Chinese equivalent of Twitter).
- Hong Kong & Macao branch of Hua Chenyu Global Fan Club
- Taiwanese branch of Hua Chenyu Global Fan Club
- Overseas branch of Hua Chenyu Global Fan Club
- Vietnamese branch of Hua Chenyu Global Fan Club
July 15 Update: Damai Changed Ticket Info to Allow Passports and Mainland Travel Permits
Good news! The official ticketing platform for Hua Chenyu’s 2019 Mars Concert just changed its ticket purchase policy for the concert today. It is currently stated on the ticket sales page that passports, mainland travel permits for Taiwan residents, and mainland travel permits for Hong Kong and Macao residents CAN be used to buy tickets for Hua’s 2019 concert! Each ID (be it Chinese ID, passport, or mainland travel permit) can only purchase one ticket. To purchase two tickets, you need to provide two different IDs. Since Damai changed its ticket purchase policies NUMEROUS times for last year’s Mars Concerts, beware that they might change it again in the future. But currently it’s looking good!
Screenshot in case Damai changes its tune again (click to view full picture).
Judging from previous years’ concerts, Damai might not support overseas shipping. (At the time of this writing, no shipping information has been provided on the ticket sales page.) Also, currently the concert only has a Chinese ticketing page on Damai. No English page is provided.
July 17 Update: Owhat Ticket Sales Page Released
Click here to buy tickets for Hua Chenyu’s 2019 Mars Concert on Owhat. Ticket sales start at 21:00 (UTC+8) on July 18. Please note that tickets can only be bought via the Owhat app and cannot be bought directly from the webpage. Download the Owhat app if you’re planning to buy tickets on July 18. If you cannot buy tickets from Owhat, fret not. The bulk of the tickets will still be sold on Damai on July 20 at 14:07 (UTC+8).
A Chinese ID is required to buy tickets on Owhat. To curb ticket scalping, users also need to answer a Hua Chenyu-related question correctly to buy tickets.
July 20 Update: Tickets Sold out in 3 Seconds
Tickets for Hua Chenyu’s 2019 Mars Concert were sold out in 3 seconds on Damai.
Throughout various Chinese ticketing platforms, Martians (as Hua Chenyu fans are called, or sometimes ET for short) are known for their speed and server-crashing capabilities, faster than wild fire and more effective than any coordinated DDoS attack. Just two days ago, a small-scale ticket sales for 2019 Mars Concert took place on Chinese fan service app Owhat that brought down the app’s servers for several hours, causing wide-spread confusion and curiosity among its users.
To prove that tickets for his concerts are not that hard to get, Hua vowed to join the ticket-snatching fray this year in a recent interview, and tooted his own horn for possessing “a pianist’s fingers” that are supposedly very fast and nimble and suitable for speedy ticket purchases. Well, Martians were quick to make him eat his own words.
Hua posted an ellipsis on Weibo at 14:08 today, referencing his failed attempt at purchasing a ticket for his own concert. Later he posted two photos with the words “I discovered that one’s finger speed on the piano does not help with ticket-snatching endeavors whatsoever. Are you all demons?”
August 9 Update: Extra Date Added
An extra date was added to Hua Chenyu’s 2019 Mars Concert after the initial batch of tickets sold out in 3 seconds. Hua announced on Weibo today that he will play an additional show on November 3 at the same venue, Shenzhen Bao’an Stadium (深圳宝安体育中心), and that he won’t blow his second chance to snatch a ticket for his own concert after returning empty-handed last month.
Ticket sales for the second concert have not started yet. Click here to go to the ticket sales page on Damai. You can also buy tickets from the Owhat app (Android version, iOS version).
August 10 Update: Promo Video Released
August 11 Update: Ticket Sales on Owhat for November 3 Concert Set on August 16
A small portion of tickets for Hua Chenyu’s November 3 Mars Concert will be sold on Owhat app (Android version, iOS version) at 21:00 (UTC+8) on August 16. Overseas fans can use their passports to purchase tickets. Buyers must also fill in their Weibo account when purchasing tickets. Currently we’re not sure whether the lack of a Weibo account will disallow users from purchasing tickets.
August 17 Update: Owhat Ticket Sales Postponed to August 17 Due to Server Crash
Due to a not entirely unexpected server crash, the Owhat ticket sales for Hua Chenyu’s November 3 Mars Concert has been postponed to August 17 at 21:00 (Beijing time).
August 20 Update: Ticket Sales for November 3 Concert Set on August 31 on Damai
Ticket sales for Hua Chenyu’s November 3 Mars Concert will start at 14:07 (GMT+8) on August 31 on Damai, a ticketing platform.
August 31 Update: November 3 Mars Concert Sold out in 5 seconds
On August 31, Hua Chenyu’s November 3 Mars Concert sold out in 5 seconds on Damai. See this post for more details.