Friday, November 16, 2007

More Townsville Tickets On Sale Now!

Already biggest night of his Rocket Man Solo Tour – A Knight Under the Stars; Sir Elton John’s December 4 concert at North Queensland’s Dairy Farmers Stadium, this morning just got bigger.

Promoter, Chugg Entertainment’s Managing Director, Matthew Lazarus Hall, in Townsville to discuss with business, government and media enterprises the future of concerts the calibre of Elton in the North; this morning on location at Dairy Farmers Stadium, announced and explained the release of 1,321 silver grandstand production seats which will go on sale from Ticketek on Monday.

“Being able to make more seated tickets available to the North is great news,” said Lazarus Hall. “We’ve basically been sold-out here since we went on sale in August and now people who think they missed out have another chance to be part of this historic event.”

Elton John fans should go to, phone 132 849 or line-up in-person for counter sales from the Townsville Civic Theatre, the Ticket Shop at Centro Townsville or from the Taipans in Cairns from 9am on Monday.

“We scrambled in those couple of days after our August 27 on-sale to make available what we could and North Queensland sold more than 18,500 Elton John concert tickets,” said Lazarus Hall.

“We never wanted to sell a ticket that wasn’t good or we thought might not see the stage clearly. On the technical specs (specifications) our team were working from we had a massive lighting tower positioned on the field that was really tall and precluded the centre seats in the eastern grandstand from having good sight-lines to the stage.”

Lazarus Hall commented production-seat-releases were “standard practice” for any concert but stressed the release of great seats, like the ones going on sale Monday for Elton John’s Dairy Farmers concert, often didn’t happen until the day before, or day-of, a concert.

“It’s a real credit to our production team that they worked closely with Elton’s camp to find a solution and which puts not all, but a good portion of the upper level of the eastern grandstand seats, more than 1,000 of them, back into play for sale to the fans,” he said.

Lazarus Hall confirmed more than 1,000 “Blanket On The Ground” Bronze GA tickets were available for sale.

Blanket On The Ground tickets, categorised on Ticketek’s website as Bronze GA (General Admission), are selling for just $90 (plus fees) and are located on the famous grassed hills at Dairy Farmers Stadium.

“The guys here tell me they haven’t been able to build a grandstand on the Stadium’s hills because Cowboys’ fans love the hills,” he said.

“When we introduced the Blanket On The Ground tickets we were delighted we could offer a unique concert-going experience that was quintessentially ‘North Queensland’.

“We think they’re great.”

More than 2,700 tickets can now be purchased to Elton John’s North Queensland concert and it is expected, if all sell, the North will finish with an audience in excess of 21,500.

Dairy Farmers Stadium Todd Harris advised that on-site car-parking would not be available to any patron who did not hold a pre-purchased car-parking ticket.

“No car-parking tickets will be sold on the night of the Elton John concert,” he said.

Limited parking is available in the North and Eastern car parks. Vehicles will not be allowed entry without a car parking ticket. Car-parking tickets are available from Ticketek ( or 132 849) until Saturday November 24, or until sold out, at a cost of $15 per vehicle.


Take a look at a detailed information and show time sheet for both concerts.



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