If you missed out on tickets to Sir Elton John’s Wollongong concert at WIN Stadium on September 24 don’t despair.
After tickets to the original configuration of the stadium sold out in an hour, tour promoter Michael Chugg is hopeful an extra ticket allocation will be announced soon.
“We’re now looking very hard to find some extra seats and we should know within the next 24 hours,” Mr Chugg said on Tuesday morning.
Tickets were keenly sought when sales opened at 9am with some people reporting issues in purchasing online.
By mid morning tickets to the September 24 concert were being already offered for resale at inflated prices, some sites advertising gold tickets worth $299 for purchase for as much as $800.
Mr Chugg issued a warning against buying from anyone but the ticketing agency Ticketmaster as tickets on-sold by other sellers could not be guaranteed.
“People are coming from everywhere – overseas, New Zealand and Adelaide – it’s a big win for Wollongong.''
“It’s shocking. They are treating the punters like animals and we are doing everything we can to stop this in the future,” Mr Chugg said.
“People will end up with tickets with someone else’s name on it, they’ll get to the gates and they won’t be allowed in but that’s the way it has to be.
“Surely the government must come to their senses and get the scalping stopped.”
Given then Once in a Lifetime tour’s other shows in Hobart, Mackay and Cairns also sold out immediately on Tuesday, Mr Chugg indicated he would now “negotiate with Elton to see if there is a chance of any more concerts dates on this tour”.
Mr Chugg said he was delighted with the response to the Wollongong show.
“People are coming from everywhere – overseas, New Zealand and Adelaide – it’s a big win for Wollongong,” he said.
Asked if this response would attract other major international acts to play stadium shows in Wollongong, Mr Chugg replied “well, they’d certainly want to think about it”.
WIN Stadium venues manager Marc Swan said he was delighted with the public response.
Mr Swan said he would work with Chugg Entertainment to try and allow for extra tickets to be made available.