Tickets for the first live sows in 35 years by singer/songwriter Kate Bush, sold out in less than 15 minutes. Tickets for the 22 nights at London’s Hammersmith Apollo went on sale at 9:30am this morning (Friday 28th March).
The BBC website reports her as saying: “I am completely overwhelmed by the response.” She went on to say: “Thank you so much to everyone.”
Many fans were disappointed. One, Janice from Ealing in West London told a London radio station that she had been waiting for 20 minutes, “And then I clicked the ‘buy’ button at exactly 9:30. The waiting thing went round for a couple of minutes then I was asked to enter a captcha code. Then I was told there were no tickets available. I tried this for fifteen minutes until I finally gave up. Then I saw tickets on sale for hundreds of pounds. It’s disgusting.”
Those who really want a ticket and who are prepared to pay the price, can buy from a secondary ticketing site. Demand for tickets on the three official websites was so intense, the singer’s own website crashed for several minutes under the avalanche of traffic. All three official ticketing sites froze for several minutes whilst transactions were processed.The Before The Dawn tour, which takes place this August and September, are the first live dates from Kate Bush since her Tour of Life in 1979. Typical reactions from fans on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites include:“I am disgusted. Within minutes of going on sale tickets are being offered at several times their face value on sites like Seatwave and GetMeIn!”“She should do more shows or play at a bigger venue. Touts are going to have a field day.”“I was desperate to see Kate Bush play live but I simply cannot afford to pay the inflated prices asked on some of these websites.”Simon Presswell, official spokesman for the ticketing site Ticketmaster described demand as “phenomenal”. “At our peak the Ticketmaster website had over 65,000 fans looking for tickets,” he told the BBC. “Despite playing 22 dates, demand has significantly exceeded the number of tickets available, so regrettably a number of fans will be left disappointed.” Mr Presswell did not say whether there were plans to put more dates on sale.Here is Kate Bush performing the song Cloudbursting: