Cat Power fan turfed out of her seat

Last updated 15:26 12/02/2013
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STANDING ROOM ONLY: Cat Power, also known as Chan Marshall, who is to perform at Wellington's Town Hall in February 23.

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It's for your own good, you know.

A Cat Power fan has been told she is being turfed her out of her seat at Wellington Town Hall in an apparent show of concern for her concert-going experience.

Miramar resident Wilma Falconer received an email from Ticketek claiming the venue's gallery had been closed for the singer-songwriter's February 23 concert ''so as to create a better experience for both the patrons and the artist''.

The email said her tickets could be now be used to ''gain access to the General Admission standing area on the main floor of the venue''.

''So I get to stand for the night,'' Mrs Falconer said.

She struggled to see how this would result in a ''better experience'' for her or for Chan Marshall, who performs under the name Cat Power.

''I don't actually want to stand downstairs. I'm sure I'm not the only person who feels like that. It's not my idea of a night out.''

She bought the three seated tickets the week before Christmas. Each cost about $85.

She said Ticketek gave no explanation other than to say the show's promoter, Mystery Girl, had decided closing the gallery would result in a ''better experience'' for all involved.

''There's no apology, no ability for me to reply or ask questions ... It doesn't tell me anything. It's more irritating than anything.''

A Mystery Girl spokeswoman said the gallery had been closed because of lower ticket sales than anticipated.

''It's very surprising.

''Obviously having an empty town hall is not a pleasurable experience.

''It wasn't a decision that was taken lightly.''

Ticketek managing director Brendon Bainbridge said the decision to close the gallery would likely affect only a small number of people.

''We understand that fans who have bought a ticket in good faith and received confirmation of a particular seat and/or area don't expect to be relocated and we do our best to make sure that people aren't disadvantaged by any changes.''

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