Tickets for two Billy Connolly shows at Aberdeen’s Music Hall later this year sold out in record time.
The 2600 briefs – restricted to six per customer/transaction - for the shows on Monday and Tuesday, September 29 and 30, went on sale at 9.30am last Friday and were sold out around 50 minutes later.
The figures were 71% sold through Box Office website, 18% in person and 11% on telephone sales.
Aberdeen Performing Arts press manager Joyce Summers said: “We knew this was going to be a busy day - the queue outside the Music Hall started at 4.15am.
“We sympathise with those who were disappointed, but we made every effort to maximise Box Office capacity and continually monitored the situation. The website struggled with the sheer volume of traffic at one point.
“We are now looking forward to welcoming Billy Connolly to the Music Hall for two great shows to kick off his High Horse tour.”
The previous fastest selling show at the Music Hall was for Emile Sande’s first homecoming gig last year which sold out within 47 minutes – but that was for a single show.”
The Big Yin begins his new High Horse tour with the two nights at Aberdeen’s Music Hall before going on to Perth Concert Hall (October 1), Edinburgh Usher Hall (October 4, 5, 7 and 8), Dundee Caird Hall (October 11) and finally Glasgow SECC for a week from October 19.
Voted best comedian of all time by the UK’s Channel 4, and included as one of the Huffington Post’s favourite UK comedians, Billy Connolly is known the world over as a stand-up comedian, actor, musician, TV presenter and artist.
After an apprenticeship as a welder in Glasgow, he became a professional performer in 1962, forming The Humblebums band with Gerry Rafferty, before pursuing a solo career as a comedian.
Aside from starring in numerous films and TV series, Billy has toured worldwide continuously for the last 50 years, performing to an audience of over 10,000,000. He was awarded a CBE in 2003, was given the Freedom of the City of Glasgow in 2010, and was named Britain’s most influential stand-up comic in 2012.