Conchords set to break NZ tour records
The Flight of the Conchords tour is set to gross nearly $2 million, making it a contender for the biggest local tour of all time.
According to TimeOut's analysis of the 12-date jaunt, around 28,500 people will see the musical comedy superstars - as well as a further 9000 at a charity gig in Christchurch.
So taking the average ticket price amount of $67 means the duo of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement will bring in a total of $1,909,500.
The nationwide tour takes in 10 sold-out town hall-style shows around the country (in venues with capacities between 1500 and 2000), the Christchurch show at CBS Arena, and the 11,000-capacity concert at Vector Arena on July 1, which is likely to sell out this weekend when tickets go on sale to the public.
And there is the likelihood of another Vector show, or possibly even two more if demand for tickets is high.
In the past the likes of Split Enz, Shihad, the Exponents, and 50s superstar Johnny Devlin have done some extensive tours, with Crowded House also playing some big shows.
But it's Split Enz especially who are the Conchords' nearest rivals. The band played a number of large-scale outdoor shows in their late 70s and early 80s heyday, as well as four big reunion shows in 2008.
Then there was the Bic Runga, Tim Finn and Dave Dobbyn concert tour over four weeks back in 2000, which was seen by around 35,000 people nationwide.
Whatever the case, it seems the Conchords have hit the - $2 million - jackpot with this tour.
Concert promoter Stuart Clumpus confirmed there is a possibility of more Vector shows if demand dictates it.
"The public's wish is our command. So while there is a limit to what we can do, there is a little bit of time to do some other shows," he said.
The Visa pre-sale for the Vector Arena show begins today at 9am and the Ticketmaster pre-sale tomorrow at 9am. Public sales start on Saturday in person at 9am from the Vector box office and from 1pm online at Ticketmaster.co.nz.
...makes me happy!Concert promoter Stuart Clumpus confirmed there is a possibility of more Vector shows if demand dictates it.
More than 1000 presale tickets for the Flight of the Conchords' third Wellington concert sold out within a minute this morning.
Co-promoter Brent Eccles said the sell-out was thought to be in record time, though this could not be confirmed immediately this morning.
Around 1100 presale tickets went on sale to Visa customers this morning.
By 9.01am they were sold out.
A further 300 tickets would be on sale through Ticketek at 9am on Saturday for people buying in person.
And 300 more tickets would go on sale online at 1pm Saturday.
Earlier this week it was announced the smash-hit folk comedy duo had added an extra Wellington show after tickets for 10 gigs around New Zealand were snapped up quickly on Friday.
Tickets for the show in the Michael Fowler Centre on Thursday, June 21 cost $55 to $79.
Comedian Arj Barker, who featured on the Conchords' HBO show, will be the support act.
Extra shows have also been added in Auckland and Christchurch.
Tour news: New Conchords show, Bell Biv Devoe cancel
Overwhelming demand has seen another Flight of the Conchords show added to their potentially record-breaking tour.
Pre-sale tickets for the band's first Vector Arena show on July 1 sold out in half an hour this morning, leading promoters to confirm a second show on June 29.
It follows huge demand for a 10-date theatre tour around the country, tickets for which sold out in minutes when they went on sale.
TimeOut this morning predicted the show would bring in almost $2 million in ticket sales.
Concert bosses say the Vector Arena shows will be more high-tech than the town hall-sized concerts.
"There will be big screens and extra speakers covering the arena to ensure everyone in the room gets the full Conchords' experience," co-promoter Stuart Clumpas said.
Pre-sale tickets for both Vector Arena shows, which also feature stand-up comic Arj Barker, will go on sale via ticketmaster.co.nz on Friday morning.
The tickets go on general release on Saturday at 1pm.
Meanwhile, Bell Biv Divoe have pulled out of their upcoming New Zealand show.
A press release issued this morning said the R&B band and rapper Ginuwine couldn't make it for their May 28 show because of the "unexpected reunion of New Edition for a North American tour".
Full refunds were available.
I never thought I'd read a sentence like that but for your sake I hope you're right.Great H wrote: Tickets are being sold through Ticketmaster this time and they have a MUCH better website and phone system.
Great H wrote:(Yes Nonch, I'm going to get up in the wee smalls to queue!)
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