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Top acts are smash hit for concert

A HOGMANAY concert starring top acts Scissor Sisters and Blondie is on the verge of selling out - almost two months before the event.

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 October 16.

And the 8500-capacity Concert in the Gardens event is set to sell out quicker than ever before, according to organisers.

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 week.

"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 18.

Such has been the demand for tickets, which are priced £30 and £35, organisers have stopped advertising the concert.

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 lashing rain.

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 gone.

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 time.

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.

Thu 4 Nov 2004

Evening News




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