Rush on Connolly tickets

Scottish shows sell out in hours

Billy Connolly sold out a raft of Scottish dates in hours yesterday – even causing one ticketing website to crash.

Demand for his shows at the Glasgow's Clyde Auditorium in October caused the venue’s to go down shortly after 9am, when the seats were released.

Visitors were told to ‘try again in a few minutes’ – but by the time the six gigs sold out two hours later, the site was still not up.

A spokeswoman apologised, saying : ‘There was unprecedented demand for Billy Connolly's gigs when tickets went on sale. We are really sorry if anyone had difficulty in getting through.

Connolly also sold out the Aberdeen’s Music Hall in two hours, with fans queuing at the venue for tickets.

But there, marketing assistant Martin Gallagher said: ‘We are delighted at how smoothly everything went. There was something of a festival feeling about this morning – the sun was shining and the crowd was in good humour.”

Connolly also sold out shows in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, Dundee’s Caird Hall and Perth Concert Hall.

But not everyone who clamoured for tickets was apparently intending to go to the shows themselves, as the Seatwave website currently shows tickets being put up for sale for up to £275 each.

Published: 7 Jul 2009

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