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Monday, March 05, 2007

Tarkan in Rotterdam

By Daan Hakkenberg reporting from Rotterdam, the Netherlands

A sensation for Turkish girls, Tarkan in Rotterdam. Photograph by Rob VerhorstTarkan's concert in Rotterdam on Saturday evening at the Ahoy, roused the fans, but not ticket sales.

While the Turkish superstar caused a sensation with the crowd - especially the females - the organisation could only manage to fill a third of the Ahoy for the singer's musical excursion.

Reminded of Tarkan's last Dutch concert at the height of his European fame in 1999, when 7,000 fans had come to see him, this concert failed to generate at least half of those ticket sales.

However, with reports of a crowd between 2-3,000 at the 10,000 capacity indoor sporting arena, the lack of ticket sales did not deter the fans from having a great time, who had travelled from all across the Netherlands to support the top star of Turkish pop music.

Scheduled to start between 8.00-8.15 p.m, after a tense wait of about half an hour the singer appeared on stage to the flashing of mobile phone cameras and the screams of his female fans, with some throwing their underwear at the stage. He sang a mix of his Turkish hits and English songs, with the songs in his native tongue receiving the warmest reception.

When asked what fans thought of Tarkan, the response was clear: "Tarkan is the most modern, the best of what is Turkey."

Ahoy Rotterdam has been used for large-scale concerts such as for U2, Kylie Minogue, and Britney Spears.

Photograph by Rob Verhorst.

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