Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hobart Sells Out in 8 Minutes, More Aussie Shows May be Announced

Elton John fans desperate to get their hands on seats at his north Queensland shows have been calling the premier's office, with tickets selling out in less than an hour on Tuesday.


Concert venues in Mackay and Cairns may be 11 and 19 hours' drive from Brisbane, but that has not quelled the enthusiasm of fans.

Tickets to the September shows went on sale at 9am on Tuesday and sold out within an hour.

The sales showed that people were travelling from interstate to attend the Queensland shows.

Fans were so desperate to obtain tickets, they were even hunting down a press release from last month when his shows were announced and inadvertently calling Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's office for help.

Sir Elton is bypassing Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne on his Once in a Lifetime tour, instead announcing dates in regional areas.

Tickets for the Hobart show, the most intimate of the four shows, sold out in eight minutes, while the Wollongong show sold out in just over an hour.

Chugg Entertainment has advised people to stand by for news of a possible second Hobart show.

The stadium concerts in Mackay, Wollongong and Cairns will mark Sir Elton's first visits to those cities and the largest music events to be hosted in the venues.

The Hobart concert marks a 27-year return of Elton to play in the intimate Derwent Entertainment Centre.

Promoter Michael Chugg said it was a phenomenal result for the artist.

"Elton really wanted to play to audiences where he had rarely travelled and the excitement was huge from the day that the tour was announced," Mr Chugg said.

Mr Chugg said he was blown away by the sales results.

"It is now my job to negotiate with Elton to see if there is a chance of any more concert dates on this tour."

Fans are advised to keep an eye on the release of production hold tickets for all shows in the coming days.

The tour will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from Sir Elton's five-decade career, including a selection of songs from his album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

When announcing the tour, Ms Palaszczuk said it would be a win for regional Queensland and tourism.

"This is going to mean people from right across Queensland - and I think we'll even get some interstate visitors that will actually want to come to Mackay and Cairns and why wouldn't you?" Ms Palaszczuk said at the time.

Visitors to Mackay will be able to soak up the ambience in the sugar capital and possibly pop over to the Whitsunday Islands.

Cairns, the fifth most populous city in Queensland, is known for its tropical climate and access to the Great Barrier Reef.

Tourism and Events Queensland negotiated a deal with Chugg Entertainment and the councils ahead of the announcement, but because the arrangement was commercial in confidence, the value of any money pledged – if any – was not made public.

- SMH

A spokesman for Chugg Entertainment said:

"Within 8 minutes of going on sale to the general public, Elton’s Hobart show, the most intimate of the four-concert series, completely sold out.

"The outdoor stadium shows in Wollongong, Mackay and Cairns followed suit, with fans snapping up tickets in a matter of minutes. More than 50,000 tickets have been sold across the four concerts."

Legendary concert promoter Michael Chugg said: “This has been a phenomenal result for an artist much loved by all Australians.

"Elton really wanted to play to audiences where he had rarely travelled and the excitement was huge from the day that the tour was announced.

"From one end of Australia to another the Elton John magic is infectious, with audiences young and old keen to be a part of these spectacular concert events. We are all blown away by the sales results. It is now my job to negotiate with Elton to see if there is a chance of any more concerts dates on this tour.”

Fans are advised to stay tuned for the release of production hold tickets for all shows in the coming days.

- Tropic Now

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