DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 12: Elton John performs onstage during his 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' tour at Little Caesars Arena on October 12, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
In 1 year Elton John will be touring and New Zealand is on the map! The 2020 February shows are already sold-out. Most fans would be excited about Elton John coming to their town but that’s not the case here. The news is troubling everyone involved. During pre-sale this Tuesday morning, all 3 of Elton’s shows in Aeotorea, New Zealand were instantly sold-out.
It started with promotional codes that many fans had, simply not functioning. Then, while waiting in queue the ticket buyers were pushed out of the online system. The New Zealand Herald reported that 23,000 tickets for Elton’s concert at the Napier Mission Estate were sold-out within 1 hour.
The venue’s CEO had to make a public statement regarding the ticketing calamity. Mission Estate’s Peter Holley told the New Zealand Herald that their IT department was investigating the issue. Even Ticketmaster NZ had to address the issue when fans were taking to social media in total shock.
They responded to one user (see above): “…We are aware of an issue with the codes and these will be working shortly. We apologise for the inconvenience.”
In the NZ Herald, Michael Chugg, Elton’s tour promoter stated:
“I’ve seen a few complaints about people not being able to get tickets and all that stuff but when you’ve got a 25,000 capacity venue and there’s 60,000 people trying to buy tickets obviously a lot are going to miss out. And that’s what happened.”
The promoter also stated, “But don’t go and buy tickets off Viagogo or any of the other reseller sites. The tickets won’t be honoured. Half the time they don’t even have the tickets. They’re taking the money and speculating that they’re going to get tickets.”
Elton John has 300 tour dates on the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which started back in September 2018. He will land in New Zealand in 1 year, February 2020. So far, Elton has 3 dates in New Zealand. No news yet as to how his Kiwi fans will be resolving their unfortunate ticketing issues.