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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby bean » Sat Mar 15, 2008 4:48 pm

David Blackman wrote:Very disappointed with the way ticket sales were handled . No chance of getting hands on good tickets for the O2 . All the good tickets were gone by 09-02 .I am looking forward to Leonards 08 tour. I am just unhappy the way ticket sales went and that we had no chance to register to give the real fans a chance. But I guess the great and good and the corporate prawn sandwich eaters will have no problem.
It is the way of the World unfortunately.
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby Bela » Sat Mar 15, 2008 5:07 pm

henders74 wrote:I got block 102 at 8.58, so happy. My parents were online at the same time and got three in 101 which we rejected as my transaction was nearly complete. We should have got both and sold someone on here the other three for face value - didn't realise quite how crazy it would get.
Oh, I so wish you had: you could have sold them within a minute - to me.
Wouldn't it be great if, fingers crossed, Leonard does these extra 'intimate' shows later in the year, he played somewhere like Brixton or Shepherd's Bush Empire?
The latter venue would be fantastic: I live just around the corner. :-)
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby WiTS » Sat Mar 15, 2008 5:12 pm

I got a C1 ticket....................... far away :cry:
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby Cressida » Sat Mar 15, 2008 5:54 pm

We missed Leonard at the Royal Albert Hall all those years ago and I never thought I'd get the chance to see him. A life's ambition will come true in July at O2! Just been told today of this early birthday present (my birthday's in December) from hubby and daughter and I'm ecstatic at such a great present. The hotel is booked and I can't wait to see LC as I've been a fan for years. Went to see Bird on a Wire in North London many, many,many years ago so I'm certainly no teenager but feel like one today as I'm still bubbling with excitment at the thought of seeing Leonard Cohen perform live.
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby Bela » Sat Mar 15, 2008 6:25 pm

WiTS wrote:I got a C1 ticket....................... far away :cry:
At least you won't be perched on top of a cliff, clinging on for dear life. LOL!
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby honeyrose » Sat Mar 15, 2008 7:48 pm

Well I have no time for Ticketmaster but I do have an account with them as sometimes it is the only way to get tickets. I logged on at 08.00 on Friday, and kept refreshing my screen until I got straight through at around 09:01. I then chose Best Available option and got assigned 2 tickets in A1 Row 9 (on the floor near the front). I was over the moon, then when I clicked to checkout and accepted, it turned out my Visa card as registered with Ticketmaster, expired last month. It does not get updated automatically.

So I had to put in new card details and although it said the tickets were being held for 4 minutes for me, the Barclays system was busy and my Visa card was not verified in time. I hoped against hope that it had retained the booking as it did not actually say it was cancelled - just that there was a problem with the transaction. But I kept on trying and it soon became clear I had lost my place in the queue and all I was offered after that were seats up on level 4. I then saw that all the tickets around me in A1 (if I had got them), were up for sale on Ticket Exchange so the scalpers must really have been at work.

Anyway I was dubious about o2 as a venue to start with, it is a big barn of a place and my husband hates it, and I only wanted to go there if I got good tickets. So I decided to try for Manchester, at 10 am. Again I got through Ok at the time but then the Friday, which I tried first was sold out, so I tried for Tuesday and it kept prompting me for Live Code. I did not know what it meant but I could not by pass it, I wondered if it was some local promotion. Then suddenly a second option appeared, below the Live Code prompt, to apply for best available tix and I entered 2 in there and got assigned two in Row X in the stalls at the side. It is not near the front but what the hell, I have two tickets and I am sure the atmosphere will be better in the Opera House and the acoustics too. My husband is quite relaxed about it he doesn't mind going from London to Manchester.

I have to say I have brought tickets recently for two well known American artists on tour, at full price, from Ticketmaster and in both cases a fan put up two spares in a better position much nearer the date on Ebay at face value, because they couldn't go and I wish I had bought them instead. My son got two good tickets for REM like that. He now lives in America and buys a lot of tix on Ticketstub. SeatWave is the UK equivalent or if you want to get an ethical deal, try Red Mist. I also read that applications for Glastonbury are slow this year, so there might be a chance of getting some of those, if you have already registered that is (too late if not). I also noticed that Tickemaster do seem to allocate randomly, so it might be worth checking back regularly. There is little point in buying tickets at o2 however unless get near the front or sit in one of the side banks near the front 101 or 112. They might be the best to watch out for.

I have also heard that the remaining concert at Manchester, the seats are going to be offered in a Guardian promotion on 6th April. I shall be in New York then so good luck with it.

See you all in Manchester on 14 June.

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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby hydriot » Sun Mar 16, 2008 12:09 am

honeyrose wrote: I have also heard that the remaining concert at Manchester, the seats are going to be offered in a Guardian promotion on 6th April.
4 April not 6 April
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby David Blackman » Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:50 pm

Judging by the avalanche of complaints about getting tickets,is it not time things were changed and a fairer system in place to give the real fans a chance to get good tickets dare I suggest the ones who have always been there. You can still get good corporate seats in front rows for a price no problem, but I don't have that sort of money. I am sure given a bit of thought, something could be done least giving us a chance to obtain good tickets . Still until we have the courage to be lifed above the herd, it will never happen .
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby A.Sukitu » Sun Mar 16, 2008 3:25 pm

Hello -
I have just phoned a ticket agency (0871 230 0010) and was told that "Blue Alert tickets" are available. One ticket costs £200. Best seat (Block 101 Row L) entitles the owner to attend the 6 pm pre-concert party (???), plus "a free drink" (size not stated). £200!
(I said: "thank you, but 'no deal' ...")
I was told that the O2 is selling out.
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby A.Sukitu » Mon Mar 17, 2008 6:59 pm

... I am losing the thread re. the O2 in London ....
nevertheless -
four months tonight! LONDON, O2 ARENA, JULY 17 ...
I shall be there in the audience (with 19,999 others) ...
"You let me sing, you lifted me up, you gave my soul a beam to travel on. ... You gave the injury a tongue to heal itself."
Leonard Cohen in Book of Mercy (1984) Ch. 19.
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby Bela » Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:02 pm

See you there, Annie from Scotland! :-)
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby A.Sukitu » Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:24 pm

Hi, Bela!
You and I will be there --- who are the other 19,998? I really appreciated honeyrose's photo of the O2 audience in another thread ... I shall take a telescope (I shall be in Block 102 - half way down the auditorium).
I am still holding onto the belief/truth that it will nevertheless be a very wonderful concert ...
"You let me sing, you lifted me up, you gave my soul a beam to travel on. ... You gave the injury a tongue to heal itself."
Leonard Cohen in Book of Mercy (1984) Ch. 19.
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby Bela » Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:20 am

LOL! I shall wave at you from BK 106. I think I need an even longer telescope than you, but I'm very glad Honeyrose posted that photo (for me): I'm not badly off at all.

You should consider yourself lucky, actually: overcome with vertigo, I might have fallen on your head from BK 402 (my original seating position - got new tickets today).

Can you believe it? We're gonna see/hear the guy LIVE! Amazing! :-)
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby missbrodie04 » Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:45 pm

Hey,

I'm going to be there too - very near the top, very near the back (I might bring a parachute as well as a telescope!) - but as long as I'm in the same room as Leonard playing live (even if it is a 'room' the size of an aircraft hangar), I'm happy!
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Re: London, 02 Arena, July 17

Postby A.Sukitu » Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:34 pm

... I am really enjoying the good feeling about people turning up into "the aircraft hanger" to listen to LC and his troubadours ... it feels that something transforming has happened. It seems that we are making the best out of a poorly chosen venue. As said in other threads, LC will likely know nothing of the admin; his job is to be the musician on the stage. I am keeping my irritation about the O2 to one side (and maybe to be shared with MPs, Ticketmaster management, etc). I'm now focussed on anticipating seeing LC on stage. It seems so long ago ...
"You let me sing, you lifted me up, you gave my soul a beam to travel on. ... You gave the injury a tongue to heal itself."
Leonard Cohen in Book of Mercy (1984) Ch. 19.

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