All seats in the cheap and cheerful area of Cat Stevens’ New Plymouth concert venue have been snapped up within a week of going on sale, leaving available only deluxe packages with a wicked price tag.
Ticket sales for the 15,000-capacity TSB Bowl of Brooklands show launched on the morning of Wednesday, April 5, following an early bird release on Tuesday, and no more than a couple of days later all of the $128.20 general admission passes were gone.
Left to purchase on the official ticket-selling website were three extravagant packages ranging in cost from $383.30 to $858.30 per person for the December 16 show.
New Plymouth District Council spokesman Ron Murray said the remaining tickets, which are being marketed as VIP experiences and fan packages entitling bearers to extras including access to the sound check, entry to a VIP pre-show function and merchandise, would also go.
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“This show will be a sell-out,” he said.
The commemorative A Cat’s Attic Peace Train Tour, which marks the 50th anniversary of the folk singer’s first hit single and debut album, Matthew and Son, has been the fastest selling Bowl of Brooklands show in recent times, he said.
In the past, the outdoor venue has maxed its capacity with the two Fleetwood Mac concerts in 2009, Jack Johnson in 2008 and Sir Elton John in 2007.
The speed in which the Cat Stevens tickets have sold has come at no surprise to Murray.
“We have always felt very positive about this concert and we are highly delighted, as it sends a very encouraging message to promoters about our venue and the interest in attending concerts,” he said.
Pre-sale ticket purchases were limited to two at a time, while general were capped at eight, Murray said.
“The limit was the same across all categories, not just GA.”
General admission tickets have since been seen listed at prices of around $400 on unofficial ticket sites.
Disappointment at missing out on the cheaper tickets has spilled out on to social media among people who mostly thought they could take their time buying tickets.
Donna Sulzberger said “seriously the Bowl holds a massive amount of people. How can they [have] sold out already?”
“That’s what I thought too,” Janine Riddings agreed.
Theresa Hurley-Dowd blamed a bad internet connection for her missing out on a ticket, while Marjorie Inger unsuccessfully tried online during the first day of sales and was then told she could purchase a front row ticket for $800.
“Disgusting,” she said.
Chris Andrews said he had missed out after a colleague tried to buy a group of tickets and the website crashed.
“I guess we’ll just have ti [sic] sit outside,” he said.
Numbers at recent bowl concerts (according to the Daily News archives)
2016 – UB40 6000
2015 – Sting and Paul Simon 11,000
2014 – Lionel Richie and John Farnham 10,000
2012 – Creedence Clearwater Revisited 2500
2011 – The Hollies 2250
2011 – Joe Cocker and George Thorogood 5000
2010 – Jack Johnson 7000
2010 – Cliff Richard 14,000
2009 – Two Fleetwood Mac concerts 36,000
2008 – Jack Johnson 17,000
2007 – Elton John 15,000
2006 – Doobie Brothers 6000
2006 – Stevie Nicks, John Farnham and Vanessa Carlton 7500
2005 – John Fogerty 4000
2005 – REM 14,000