tickets to Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming performance at Leeds Arena sold out across all channels in a matter of minutes yesterday.
Opening at the same time that the venue’s online sales and telephone sales went live, the desk at Leeds Town Hall began selling tickets from 9am.
Hundreds of fans formed a queue that ran as far as Great George Street.
And some devotees had camped overnight at the city centre pop-up box office to ensure they got their hands on the red-hot tickets.
However it wasn’t all smiles, with many disappointed fans packing online forums and hitting Twitter to complain about the online allocation system and ability of ticket companies to bulk buy and sell on at inflated costs.
But one person who left happy was Mark Colley.
After almost 12 hours of waiting at the front of the queue, and camping overnight, the firefighter from Dewsbury said: “I’ve seen Bruce at least 30 times in my life. I was in New Jersey only last September to see the Wrecking Ball tour. I always consider following Bruce like following my football team, and the beauty is that he never loses.
“Can’t tell you how happy I am that he’s playing Leeds and that I have a ticket in my hand.”
The Boss’s one-off performance on Wednesday, July 24, will be a special addition to Springsteen’s ongoing Wrecking Ball world tour. The 13,500 capacity venue is pulling out all the stops to prepare for the American rocker and his E Street Band, ahead of its official opening in September.
Director Tony Watson said: “We’ve experienced more interest that we could have ever expected – there really has been an unprecedented number of calls to our operators and visits to our website as well as a huge amount of fans at the pop-up box office.
“We really appreciate everyone’s patience this morning, as thousands of tickets went on sale today to hundreds of thousands of fans. The demand was truly incredible.”