3,000 Madonna tickets unsold - Flash

Organiser struggling to shift tickets for pop star's second Abu Dhabi gig
3,000 Madonna tickets unsold - Flash
Flash says 3,000 tickets are unsold.
By Sara Anabtawi
Wed 21 Mar 2012 10:20 AM

A second performance by US pop queen Madonna in Abu Dhabi on June 4 is taking a little longer to sell out than her first one, with 3,000 tickets currently remaining unsold.

Her first show, dated June 3, sold out within one hour of going on general sale.

 “[It is taking] a little bit longer than the first one,” Flash’s managing director, John Lickrish, told Arabian Business. “We sold 19,000 tickets already, there is only about 3,000 left.”

The organiser earlier this month warned that tickets bought from unofficial vendors and touts would not be honoured.

Online classified sites in the UAE had been advertising premium 'Golden Circle' tickets for Madonna's first date for up to AED13,000 (US$3,500), a steep mark up from the standard AED250 (US$68).

“Flash will not honour any ticket which Flash knows to have been purchased in breach of its terms and conditions,” a spokesperson for the company said in an emailed statement to Arabian Business.

“If Flash becomes aware that you are selling tickets for a Flash event online at a significant premium, Flash can take those tickets back from you.  In such circumstances it’s also likely that you’ll be banned from buying tickets to future Flash events,” the statement added.

Madonna's latest tour, her ninth to date, is to promote the 53 year-old singer’s 12th studio album MDNA. Part of her recent US$40m three-album deal with Interscope Records, the album is due to be released on March 26 and is already the most downloaded on iTunes in the US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Canada, Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands.

Throughout her career, Madonna has sold more than 300m albums, has been awarded seven Grammy Awards and holds the record for the most successful tour by a solo artist in history.

UK pop legend Elton John is also performing at Abu Dhabi's Yas Arena on March 29.

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