Tickets for the widely anticipated Big Weekend concerts at Stuart Park have sold out in less than 2 hours.
The two day event will see huge names in the music industry travel to Middlesbrough in May. Stars already billed to appear include Miley Cyrus, Little Mix, Mumford and Sons and Rita Ora.
Priced at £18.50 a ticket per day, people were given the option of selecting one day over the other or opt for both days for double the price. Unfortunately, many underestimated the speed at which tickets would sell out.
Tickets went on sale on Thursday evening at 5pm but rapidly sold out with all 64,000 tickets selling in less than 2 hours. Teessiders had priority, with those living within Middlesbrough having access to half of the tickets before a further 35% of the remaining tickets were made available to those residing in Stockton, Redcar Darlington and Hartlepool. The rest of the tickets were subsequently were opened up to the rest of the UK.
Ticketmaster reported that tickets available for Middlesbrough sold out in 90 minutes, tickets sold our in an hour for the surrounding areas and just 40 minutes for the remainder of tickets available nationwide.
Many were left frustrated as the website crashed multiple times as people who were in-line for being allocated tickets. Others experienced lags on the server, resulting in many who had reached the payment screen being pushed back to the ticket options page.
One disgruntled fan wrote: “I would like to complain about how bad the sale of the tickets was. I was put in the queue for over one hour and tickets had sold out. How can you be in a queue for something and not be able to buy?”
The lucky ones who secured tickets to the major event on Teesside expressed their delight and excitement. One Facebook user posted onto the BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend’s page: “Thank you, got myself and my daughter tickets to both days. We are ecstatic!”
Another posted: “Just cancelled our holiday so we could attend the concerts. This will be the highlight of our year.”
Radio 1 responded following the tickets selling out:
🎉 #BigWeekend is now officially SOLD OUT! 🎉
If you managed to get tickets, we’ll see you in Middlesbrough – if not, remember you can watch and listen online and on your radio all weekend!
— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) 14 March 2019
Radio 1 Big Weekend takes place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May. The full list of performers attending the concerts is available on the BBC Radio 1 website