Snow Pa­trol sell­out: no chance of sec­ond date

Wexford People - - NEWS -

TICKETS FOR Snow Pa­trol, who will play at the Na­tional Opera House for the first time on May 16, were in hot de­mand and, shortly af­ter their re­lease through Tick­et­mas­ter, were com­pletely sold out.

The an­nounce­ment of Snow Pa­trol at the Na­tional Opera House took many fans by sur­prise and the sub­se­quent scram­ble for tickets saw the Wex­ford venue sell­ing out in ap­prox­i­mately one hour.

Op­er­a­tions Man­ager at the Na­tional Opera House, Ais­ling White spent months in talks and plan­ning with MCD Pro­mo­tions who, she said, were un­cer­tain about the size of the venue. The main O’Reilly Hall will ac­com­mo­date 855 peo­ple on May 16 and is the small­est venue on Snow Pa­trol’s tour which will also take in venues such as the Cork Opera House, the Olympia The­atre, the INEC in Kil­lar­ney, Leisure Land in Gal­way, and Ul­ster Hall in Belfast.

Fans were en­cour­aged to pre-or­der the new al­bum ‘Wild­ness’ in or­der to gain ac­cess to an ex­clu­sive pre-sale of tickets. She said: ‘Snow Pa­trol are the big­gest band we’ve ever had in the venue and we’re hop­ing that it will open us up to fur­ther big acts. There is an­other that I will be go­ing af­ter once this has fin­ished and it would be an­other great one to get.’

She added that it had taken quite a while to con­vince pro­mot­ers MCD to take a chance on the venue which is bet­ter known for its opera con­nec­tions than its rock band ones: ‘I started talk­ing to them about six months ago and it was about con­vinc­ing them that a smaller venue was a wor­thy one. Bands love it when they come here and many big bands now like to play smaller, more in­ti­mate venues which gives us a great op­por­tu­nity.’

While quick sell-outs for gigs usu­ally prompt calls for sec­ond dates, Ms White said that this was never an op­tion, though she had asked dur­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions, know­ing that the con­cert would sell out in record time.

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