Adele Tickets Cause Heartbreak

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Adele Fans Experience Issues Getting Tickets For Xcel Shows.

Rumor had it Adele’s two Xcel Energy Center concerts would be the hottest ticket of next summer, but even the arena’s staff was surprised by the demand Thursday morning when seats went on sale.It’s safe to say that more people saw that likely frustrating message than were able to procure tickets, as the pair of shows sold out in less than an hour. Adele’s is embarking on her first North American tour in five years to support her blockbuster third album “25.” The 56-city tour will kick off July 5 in Minnesota and wrap up Nov. 15 in Mexico City. And then hundreds of them were available at $300-plus mark-up on resale sites such as Stubhub not too long after that. “This blows every prior show out of the water,” Xcel Center representative Jora Bart said of the turnout at the arena box office, where 549 people with numbered lottery wristbands lined up.

Whether more shows will be added has yet to be determined, although Adele does have apparent room in her schedule between the Boston shows and the next dates at Madison Square Garden, which also appear to have sold out lickety split. Bart believed the prior record for wristband allotment at the X’s box office was 300-some for Bob Seger and Kid Rock in 2013 (an old-school crowd that prefers buying tickets in person). She’s also breaking records on other platforms, as her “Adele Live in New York City” special on NBC earlier this week drew a record-breaking 11.2 million viewers, making it the highest rated concert special in 10 years. About 15,000 tickets were sold for each concert. “I’m still shaking, I’m so excited,” said Cindy Stoewer of Minneapolis, who was about 150th in the line and nabbed two tickets to both nights. “I don’t think I’d have gotten any if I had tried online.” Indeed, most fans who tried to buy through Ticketmaster’s website clicked and waited through many different windows — including an “I am not a robot” visual test — to no avail.

Adele’s promoter, Jam Productions, did implement a “credit-card entry” requirement, which curbs scalping for a few thousand of her best seats but does not entirely halt it. That means more than $750 average for the good seats, and probably about a $250 average just to get into the building. “This isn’t mom and dad buying tickets to Taylor Swift for their daughters. Her tour itinerary does have open dates after July 6, but the singer suffered vocal problems on her last tour five years ago and has been skittish about overextending her schedule.

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