Saturday, 17 November 2018

Final Elton tickets sell in 15 minutes

THE remaining 700 tickets to hear Elton John on the opening night of next year?s Henley Festival sold out in just 15 minutes.

THE remaining 700 tickets to hear Elton John on the opening night of next year?s Henley Festival sold out in just 15 minutes.

The £35 general admission tickets, which had been kept back by the festival, were available to the public from 10am on Monday.

Festival friends and patrons, who are given priority, had already snapped up the 4,300 seats to see the singer on Wednesday, July 6 as well as 2,800 of the cheaper tickets.

Festival chief executive Charlotte Geeves said that this had been the biggest demand for tickets in the festival?s 33-year history.

She said: ?For Lionel Richie we sold out within three weeks, for Elton John it was two. He has proved to be an incredibly popular artist for people to come to Henley Festival to see.

?My job as chief executive is to make sure we sell as many tickets as possible to ensure the financial stability of the organisation and make sure we deliver on our charitable objectives.

?It?s only one night of the festival; we have another four nights to announce in the New Year and we?re working hard to finalise the rest of the programme.?

The seated tickets cost between £70 and £200 while the £35 tickets only allow holders access to the festival enclosure and not to the grandstand or seated area in front of the ?floating? stage during the performance.

The festival has said the majority of buyers were local people who had supported the festival for years but that it will review its ticket allocation policy in time for the 2017 festival.

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