TICKETS for big-name summer shows at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre are selling “incredibly well”, it has been claimed.
The general sale for seats at the Olly Murs, Dionne Warwick and JLS gigs began at 10am yesterday, and it is believed that thousands were snapped up within hours.
Scarborough Council, which booked the shows, refused to reveal exactly how many tickets had been sold, but said that reports from ticket agent Ticketmaster had been “extremely positive”.
Pairs of tickets in the central seating blocks had sold out by last night for the JLS and Olly Murs events, although some prime seats for the Dionne Warwick show were still on sale.
The general sale follows the early release of around 1,000 tickets at the weekend to Scarborough residents.
All of the advance purchase tickets for the Olly Murs and JLS tickets were sold within hours, with some fans queuing overnight. Around a third of the Dionne Warwick tickets which were released early were purchased.
David Archer, the council’s strategic director, said yesterday: “We were very pleased with how the sale of tickets went at the weekend with the local allocation for both the Olly Murs and JLS shows selling out in record time.
“With the support of local people the venue can be a massive success which will both enhance the reputation of Scarborough as a major tourist destination and attract even more visitors.
“The reports we have received from Ticketmaster today are also extremely positive, which again illustrates the popularity of these acts.”
Scarborough Council booked the shows in the absence of an announcement from the venue’s operator, Apollo Resorts and Leisure. It is not known when Apollo will announce its programme of events.
Support acts for the three Open Air Theatre shows, as well as other events which are being booked by the council at the venue, are expected to be announced shortly.
There are some still tickets available for each of the Dionne Warwick, Olly Murs and JLS gigs through Ticketmaster.
Olly Murs, who is set to take to the Open Air Theatre stage on July 15, has told his 1.7 million followers on Twitter that he is looking forward to his gig in Scarborough.
Dionne Warwick is due to perform on June 6, while JLS will take to the stage on August 18.
The council have made around 200 seats for each show available to their staff, who will have to pay full price if they want to take up the offer of a ticket.
Last year’s Elton John concert all but sold out within five hours when tickets went on sale in April, although his show was the only one announced at the time.