Saturday, May 21, 2011
2nd Hunter Valley Show Requested
ACCOMMODATION across the Hunter is filling up fast and premium tickets have sold out for Sir Elton John's only NSW performance in December at Hope Estate.
The Hunter Valley event is being hailed as a concert phenomenon and one that overshadows any similar event held in wine country.
Michael Hope of Hope Estate said premium ticket sales were the fastest sales he had seen for a concert and when asked about the possibility of a second show, said he planned to nag the concert promoter for a repeat performance.
General admission tickets go on sale on Tuesday and range in price from $119 to $259.
"The pre-sale tickets went absolutely crazy. The interest in this event has just been phenomenal," Mr Hope said.
"I'm very excited as the buzz around this concert is the greatest we have ever had. This will be a great boost for the local economy."
Mr Hope is counting on a 19,000-seat sell-out for the December 3 show.
Executive manager of Hunter Valley Wine Country Tourism Dean Gorddard said the day pre-release tickets went on sale last Monday he had five staff members answering calls continually throughout the day.
"Inquiry locations varied with a lot from Sydney and the rest local and across regional NSW," he said.
- Donna Sharpe/ Newcastle Herald