On July 20, 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. (The cover picture is a screenshot of Hua saying “I can definitely snatch a ticket!”) 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 did not help with ticket-snatching endeavors whatsoever. Are you all demons?”
To be fair though, even some of the early 5G adopters met their downfall today, as this fancy 5G phone owner’s sad tale during the crucial minute showed us.
It seems that on the way to Mars, even piano-honed fingers and cutting-edge technology are no match for the enthusiasm of determined ETs with their eyes on the prize.