Cardiff ”to sell-out in a very short space of time”
Here are two reports from today’s Welsh press about the on sale date for the Madonna concert at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
• Fans set up camp for Madonna tickets
Dozens of die-hard Madonna fans today braved miserable conditions to snap up the first tickets to see the Queen of Pop’s Millennium Stadium concert.
Fans camped for hours outside the Ticketline office, in Westgate Street, and Cardiff International Arena on chairs and in sleeping bags to make sure they got their ticket to see the superstar.
The singer is expected to perform to more than 60,000 fans at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday, July 30 – one of only two venues on the UK leg of her Confessions Tour.
It will be the first time she has ever played in Wales, with tickets for the concert selling for between £55 and £150.
Mother-of-two Rhiannadd James, 33, from Trowbridge, had camped outside Ticketline since 8pm yesterday to make sure she was first in the queue to snap up a ticket.
She said: ‘I’ve been a Madonna fan since I first saw her on Top of the Pops when I was a kid.
‘This will be the first time I’ll have seen her in concert and I’m very excited. She’s just phenomenal.’
Zoe Carlyon, 28, of Salisbury Road, Cathays, who joined the queue at midnight, said: ‘I’ve been obsessed with Madonna since I first saw her on Top of the Pops when I was five-years-old.
Dafydd Mott, 31, an antiques dealer from Constellation Street, Adamsdown, had been queuing since 2.30am today to get tickets for him and his wife.
He said: ‘I’m under orders from the wife to get the tickets. Madonna has a talent for reinventing herself and her music has changed with the times.’
Meanwhile Mark Collings, 26, from Nantgarw Road, Caerphilly, Sion Thomas, 19, from the Graig, Pontypridd, and Steven Edwards, 19, Llanbradach, arrived at the Cardiff International Arena at 5pm yesterday to make sure they were first in the queue to buy tickets.
Mr Collings said: ‘Madonna is just amazing. All this rubbish about tickets being too expensive is a nonsense because you know what you’re going to get, which is just an amazing event.’
Story and pictures from an article by Paul Maunder, South Wales Echo.
• Madonna Cardiff tickets ‘still available’.
Tickets are still available tonight for Madonna’s forthcoming gig in Cardiff despite demand from eager fans who queued through the night to be sure of seeing their idol perform.
Sales for the star’s single date at the city’s Millennium Stadium as part of her Confessions Tour opened today at 9am.
After tickets for her first two UK gigs in Wembley Arena sold out in just 10 minutes, many fans turned up at ticket offices overnight to beat the rush.
Four Wembley dates were added in the face of the huge demand when the London tickets went on sale earlier this month and fans snapped up the extra tickets by lunchtime of the same day.
But with a capacity of around 60,000, the Cardiff venue dwarfs the Arena, which holds over 12,000 fans, and the July 30 event in Wales is not yet sold out.
Millennium Stadium chief executive Paul Sergeant said: “Tickets are going extremely well and we anticipate a sell-out in a very short space of time.”
Die hard fans joined long queues at the box office in Cardiff city centre this morning. They were snapping up tickets priced between £80 and £160.
Mark Collings, 26 from Caerphilly, told the South Wales Echo that he and his friends had arrived at 5pm on Thursday to be first in the queue.