Tickets for two Billy Connolly shows at Aberdeen’s Music Hall sold out in 50 minutes today.
The 2600 tickets – restricted to six per customer/transaction - for the shows on Monday and Tuesday, September 29 and 30 went onsale at 9.30am today and were sold out around 50 minutes later - 71% were sold through Box Office website, 18% in person and 11% on telephone sales.
“We knew this was going to be a busy day - the queue outside the Music Hall started at 4.15am,” said Aberdeen Performing Arts press manager Joyce Summers.
“We sympathise with those who were disappointed, but we made every effort to maximise Box Office capacity and continually monitored the situation. The website struggled with the sheer volume of traffic at one point.
“We are now looking forward to welcoming Billy Connolly to the Music Hall for two great shows to kick off his High Horse tour.
“The previous fastest selling show was for Emile Sande’s first homecoming gig last year which sold out within 47 minutes – but that was for a single show.”
Legendary comedian Billy Connolly begins his new High Horse tour with the two nights at Aberdeen’s Music Hall before going on to Perth Concert Hall (October 1), Edinburgh Usher Hall (October 4, 5, 7 and 8), Dundee Caird Hall (October 11) and finally Glasgow SECC for a week from October 19.
Voted best comedian of all time by the UK’s Channel 4, and included as one of the Huffington Post’s favourite UK comedians, Billy Connolly known the world over as a stand-up comedian, actor, musician, TV presenter and artist.
After an apprenticeship as a welder in Glasgow, he became a professional performer in 1962, forming The Humblebums band with Gerry Rafferty, before pursuing a solo career as a comedian.
Aside from starring in numerous films and TV series, Billy has toured worldwide continuously for the last 50 years, performing to an audience of over 10,000,000. He was awarded a CBE in 2003, was given the Freedom of the City of Glasgow in 2010, and was named Britain's most influential stand-up comic in 2012.
Perhaps best known for his moving performance as the loyal servant John Brown in the highly-acclaimed movie Mrs Brown, his other film credits include Gulliver’s Travels, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, Fido, Garfield 2, Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Last Samurai, Timeline, Peter Kosminsky’s White Oleander, Troy Duffy’s The Boondock Saints and the sequel All Saint’s Day, Stephen Metcalfe’s Beautiful Joe and Barry Levinson’s An Everlasting Piece, Stanley Tucci’s The Imposters, Crossing the Line with Liam Neeson, the Muppet movie version of Treasure Island, Gabriel and Me, Gentleman’s Relish and The Man Who Sue God.
Billy has also appeared in the acclaimed BBC productions Down Among the Big Bad Boys and the Life and Crimes of Deacon Brodie. His voice is also featured on the animated films Pocahontas and Open Season, and the Disney Pixar animation Brave.
Most recently, he has appeared in Quartet, directed by Dustin Hoffman, in the three-part adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit, directed by Peter Jackson, and will be seen in the upcoming What We Did on our Holiday alongside David Tennant and Rosamund Pike.
On television, Billy featured in Head of the Class, which was later spun off into his own series, Billy. He has also made various television guest appearances, most notably in the US series House MD as well as Columbo, Third Rock from the Sun and Veronica’s Closet.
He hosted Billy Connolly’s World Tour of Scotland, a six-part series documenting a tour of his homeland, a theme continued later in his World Tours of New Zealand, Australia and England, Ireland and Wales.
The comedian has also hosted television series Journey to the Edge of the World and Route 66, as well as other specials such as Pale Blue Scottish Person, A Scott in the Arctic, The Bigger Picture and An Audience with Billy Connolly.
More recently, he has been seen on our television screens, presenting the two-part series Billy Connolly’s Big Send Off.
A respected artist, Billy’s drawings have been displayed in various exhibitions throughout the UK since 2012.