Emeli Sandé’s Aberdeen gig sets ticket sale record

THE second homecoming gig by Scottish pop star Emeli Sandé at Aberdeen’s Music Hall sold out within 45 minutes today – setting a new ticket sales record for Aberdeen Performing Arts.

The chart topping singer, who is from Alford in Aberdeenshire, had last week announced plans to play a special gig at the Aberdeen Music Hall on Friday, 19 April, at the end of her nationwide tour.But the tickets for the show were snapped up within 70 minutes when they went on sale last Friday.

Aberdeen Performing Arts yesterday announced that the pop star would be staging a second concert on the same day - at 4.30pm - for disappointed fans.

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But the tickets for the new show were snapped up within 45 minutes after going on sale this morning.

A spokeswoman for APA said: “The tickets flew out of the door – and at 45 minutes, that’s a new record for us, beating even Billy Connolly and Michael McIntyre on sales.

“Even with the snow and wind, queues formed outside the city’s Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre around 7am. At 9am, 1800 people logged on to our website and at its peak, we had nearly 3000 trying to book – twice the capacity of the entire venue, if they each booked one ticket.”

She added: “While we had the majority of gig tickets to sell, two other ticketing agencies had been given a smaller allocation by the promoters and we understand these sold out quickly too. We are now looking forward enormously to what is sure to be a fantastic two homecoming gigs on 19 April.”