Top acts are smash hit for concert
concert starring top acts Scissor Sisters and Blondie
is on the verge of selling out - almost two months before
Ticket outlets are reporting massive demand for the
Princes Street Gardens extravaganza.
Only about 1000 tickets are thought to be still available
for the show, even though they just went on sale on
And the 8500-capacity Concert in the Gardens event is
set to sell out quicker than ever before, according
Pete Irvine, director of Unique Events, the company
which organises the Hogmanay celebrations on behalf
of the city council, said: "We’ve got over
1000 tickets left at the moment but they’re going
pretty quickly and it could sell out within the next
"We think they’ve been going so well because
it’s such a strong line-up, which should make
for an absolutely unique concert."
A spokesman for the Tickets Scotland shop on Rose Street
said: "Tickets are literally flying out the door
for the concert.
"We’ve not got many left and it’s looking
like it will sell out very soon. I’d say it’s
mostly local people that are buying tickets, which is
quite different from previous years when we’ve
had tourists coming in quite late on to buy them.
"It’s the quality of the bands that is selling
the tickets, there’s no doubt about that."
John Richardson, boss of Ripping Records on South Bridge,
which is also a major city ticket outlet, added: "The
Concert in the Gardens has been a huge success this
year and we don’t have many tickets left at all.
"We should sell out within the next few days at
the current rate.
"We’ve had loads of people phoning up asking
about it and have had inquiries from all over the country."
All 2500 passes for the enclosure in front of the Ross
Bandstand sold out within three hours of tickets going
on sale last month.
Now it has been revealed that all tickets for the event
are expected to be sold well before the full programme
for this year’s Hogmanay is announced on November
Such has been the demand for tickets, which are priced
£30 and £35, organisers have stopped advertising
Box office records are set to be smashed for the concert
- which rising Edinburgh band Aberfeldy are also appearing
at - even though tickets went on sale almost a month
earlier than normal this year.
The only year to match the rates of sales so far was
in the run-up to the millennium party, when Del Amitri,
The Mavericks and The Bay City Rollers all performed.
Last year’s Concert in the Gardens - featuring
Erasure, Franz Ferdinand and The Coral - did not sell
out until December 22. This year’s ticket rush
has come despite fears that the city’s celebrations
would be damaged by the last-minute cancellation of
last year’s festivities due to heavy winds and
Meanwhile, more than half of the tickets for this year’s
Royal Bank Street Party have also already been snapped
up, including all of those made available to the general
public. The 50,000 passes made available on the internet,
over the counter at The Hub box office and via a telephone
hotline at the beginning of October have completely
Demand has been at record levels for tickets outwith
the millennium year despite a £2.50 charge being
imposed for the vast majority of tickets for the first
The only way to get a ticket for the open-air extravaganza
is to buy a ticket for a special event or join the £17.50-a-head
First Foot Club, the official Hogmanay membership scheme.
CITY COUNCIL REPORTER
Thu 4 Nov 2004
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