FANS were eager to snap up the last of the Alan Jackson tickets yesterday and while some won’t be getting a full view of the international country star, they couldn’t be happier.
With just over a week to go until his October 2 concert, fans lined up at the Tamworth Visitor Information Centre and went online for tickets, despite fears the website could crash as it did when the first tickets were released in July.
Tickets for restricted-view seats were among those on offer yesterday, along with platinum promoter tickets, usually reserved for artists and industry people.
Of the 305 tickets available, 152 were platinum, 27 were gold seats and 126 were restricted-view seats.
“They’re right down the very front, to the side of the stage,” Destination Tamworth venues manager Peter Ross said.
“Those tickets are always released last as the stage is finalised closer to the event.”
That didn’t worry fans, with the side tickets being snapped up quickly.
The $135 gold tickets sold within 20 minutes, and more than half the $249 platinum tickets were sold by the end of the day.
Tamworth woman Lana McMorrow was lucky enough to score two tickets.
“They’re not together but that’s alright – it doesn’t worry me, as long as I’m there,” Ms McMorrow said.
She’s been an Alan Jackson fan for many years, growing up listening to his music.
“I’ve always been a fan. Mum and dad only listen to country music, so I guess that’s where I got it from.”
Ms McMorrow said she’d be going to the concert with her partner and a few friends.
“We missed out on the first release. A few of us tried to get them and I was at work and couldn’t line up for tickets,” she said.
“This time I had a friend in Tamworth buying them online, so I was a bit nervous that the system was going to crash again.”
Mr Ross said he was pleased there were no problems with the Destination Tamworth booking website yesterday, but some fans were still disappointed.
“I think there were people who missed out on the seats they wanted to get, but when there’s a high demand for tickets, there’s always somebody who’s left disappointed,” he said.
He said the Alan Jackson concert had created a buzz for Tamworth as the only regional stop on the tour.
“We rarely get to host major artists, let alone a major international artist,” Mr Ross said.
“This is probably the most intimate venue he’ll play in so you’re getting a great experience.”
Moore Creek fan doesn’t strike gold
The frenzy of purchasing tickets to Alan Jackson’s concert has left some fans disappointed with the ticketing system, including Moore Creek woman Carol Boundy.
Ms Boundy was first of about 10 people in line at the Tamworth Visitor Information Centre after arriving at 6am yesterday.
She had the money to purchase four gold tickets for herself, her daughter Melissa Ridge, and two friends from Narrabri.
It was time wasted though when the doors opened at 9am and she was unable to purchase her tickets.
“I was first through the door and there were two ladies behind me,” Ms Boundy said.
“I went to one lady and they went to the other, but I was told, at 9am, that there were no gold tickets left.
“The girl told me there were restricted view tickets, but I couldn’t buy them in case they were being bought online.
“Obviously the first priority is the people online but I don’t know how the use the internet.”
In July, Ms Boundy’s daughter Melissa lined up for three hours and missed out.
“She kept trying to get onto the internet while she was waiting, but the website crashed,” she said.
“I hoped we’d be lucky this time around.”
Ms Boundy was told she could purchase $249 platinum tickets.
“That would have cost me $1000 up front and I didn’t have that,” she said.
“I can’t believe that within two minutes of the doors opening, there were no gold tickets left.”