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I paid $500 for my mum and I to meet Nicki Minaj, get a boob signing (or any part of your body signed), early entry into the venue, a VIP pass and a lithograph artwork (which we will get in the mail).
Unfortunately, all we got last night (along with 50-60 others) out of our $500 was a pass around our neck and ONE photo paired up with someone, which took 5-10 seconds. Luckily I was with my mum, otherwise I would have been with a stranger in the shot.
It started when box office didn't know a thing about our VIP passes. We had to be there no later than 6PM. We finally got out passes at about 6PM, which instructed we would all be collected from the internal VIP box office at 7:30 PM. What is meant to take place 'generally 2 hours before the show' had us waiting around for about two hours. We were finally taken to another room about about 8PM.
Her head of security briefed us and laid out rules: you will greet her with empty hands. You will meet her, get a photo and a chat, and get your skin signed. It will be a great experience for you all and you will have a lot of fun. They put a stop to objects being signed as people in the past had been rocking up with 10 albums, which is fair enough. He said that Nicki was due onstage at no later than 8:30. He told us he would be back in 2 minutes with Nicki.
About half an hour later someone from her team said 'we don't have enough time so we will be taking photos in pairs' which was the start of the anger process for many people. The whole VIP package was marketed with a photo showing a girl and Nicki in a close embrace, smiling for the camera.
Everyone could sense something was wrong when security were chatting outside of the room at about 8:40. At the worst we were expecting to be told to come back after the show.
At about that time we were told all we could get was a quick photo and that's it. Nicki was due onstage 10 minutes ago.
Everyone got a photo in doubles. We approached her, said 'hi' and I told her that I loved her. And she said to every pair 'thanks for coming and enjoy the show'. Then we had to leave the room immediately.
To give you an idea of how fast the process was, Nicki was onstage and had sung her first song before we got to our seat.
I left her a copy of my drawing on a table. I tweeted her after the show and said that my details were on the back if she wanted to send me something signed. Needless to say I didn't and wont get a response.
Nicki was very beautiful, in her own way. She is very small and like a little doll.
So for $500 mum and I missed the support act, the talented Timomatic, got sore aching legs from waiting around because they didn't seat us all in a room, missed Nickis first song, and got a fucking VIP pass to hang around our necks.
The concert itself was not absolutely amazing. She sung to backing tracks which I expected, but it seen her constantly holding the microphone at anywhere but her mouth, letting the track do the work. An hour set with no encore made us feel like we were even robbed with out Ticketek tickets.
I am yet to email the 'organisers' and demand at least 90% of my money back, as many others will do, as all of us were very angry.
Did I mention that we were not told where or how or when we would receive our photos?
Last nights experience was not a pleasant one. I had been looking forward to it for many months. Instead it has left me feeling upset that rich people can rob hardworking people who paid for that experience. There were two kids waiting to meet her. I am embarrassed in myself for buying the passes.
Her head of security told us When we were briefed that 'meeting Nicki is not a right, it's a privilege.' Unfortunately none of her team and Nicki herself don't realise it was our right to get what we paid for.
I cannot discourage everyone enough who reads this to never waste your money on meet and greets. You will get more out of waiting at the airport for your favourite star. You will have a better chance of receiving more by being in standing and catching a towel or being pulled up onstage.
GOODNESS!!!! Nic just tweeted this mornin "@NICKIMINAJ: Los Angeles, New Orleans and DC on sale today. M&G's on http://t.co/2Sh86nkU -PinkFridayTour http://t.co/Uq0fCfw6" N its ALREADY sold out? I mean like goodness it was jus like 3 or 4 hours after she tweeted that it was sold out! Lol.. Nic u need 2 put tht n 1 or ur verses.. How ur tickets stay sellin out WAAAY b4 the event as SOON as u put em up
I also went to the Melbourne M&G and was quite disheartened at how it was organised. I thought I would at least be able to get my album signed but obviously not. My friend and I bought her a koala bear dressed up in a tutu and a blonde wig (IT WAS SO CUTE) and we had to sit it on the table and point to the present and say it was from us. I tweeted to her to make sure that she got it but i doubt i will also get a reply.
It was such a shame as I had also been looking forward to this for months, only to be slapped in the face so to speak.
And I cannot even find the photos anywhere. :(
Wow, all these stories are unbelievable. You would think "VIP" was meant to be at least somewhat of a pleasant experience. That is REALLY unacceptable that you had to double up on the pictures.. who the hell wants to get a picture with a stranger if they are going alone???
I'm really sorry for all those who had to do it but I hope they get it together by the time the show reaches the US.
And I cannot even find the photos anywhere. :(
MELBOURNE VIP WAS TERRIBLE. I loved meeting Nicki but besides that we were poorly treated, considering we spent $350 and missed the opening act, got nothing signed, were sent to the very back of the mosh pit, got in late despite 2 hours early entry and had to take pics with other people, we also haven't received out lithographs or photos with Nicki, so I don't even know where my money has gone.
I'm so scared to hear that peoples Experiences in Australia.... it's horrible...
and I already bought VIP tickets for Japan tour on 23rd...
I'm so nervous. Nicki must read this forum...
Worst experience. We were promised early entry, boob signing and photo. instead we waitied for 2.5 hours and got a 5 second photo not even by ourselves, had enough time to say hello and then were basically booted out of the room. no early entry and missed timomatic. Her "entourage" were not helpful at all. what a waste of money it was. The concert was great but it really put a damper on the whole night. I will be contacting the "organisers" and lodging a complaint. i too will be demanding at least 90% of my money back. False advertisement at its best. dont bother.
I have just lodged a complaint with ground control.. i highly doubt i will get a response though!!
if anyone else wants to the email i sent mine to was firstname.lastname@example.org
I also sent a complaint to Ground ctrl in regards to the Melbourne experience.
I think the best thing they could of done was move the M&G till after the show, even though we had been waiting for nearly 3hours I know I wouldn't of mind if it meant more time and not feeling so disappointed with the whole experience.
I love Nicki but I still feel so let down even after 3 days