Summer's shows are proving just the ticket

Summer shows already a hit

TARYN UTIGER
Last updated 05:00 02/12/2013
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ANDY JACKSON
TSB Stadium ticketing manager Stacey Hitchcock.

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Christmas stockings across Taranaki are being stuffed with passes to shows, concerts and festivals.

Tickets to five big acts are now on sale and with the silly season less than a month away they are being snapped up for gifts.

Lionel Richie and John Farnham's March concert went on sale to the public on Friday morning and Kat Henderson was first in line to get tickets.

Ms Henderson grabbed six passes to the concert after waiting outside the box office all morning.

"These are two of my favourite artists. I missed out on tickets to Lionel years ago when I was living in England, so I just had to get to this concert," she said.

Stacey Hitchcock, the ticketing manager at the TSB Stadium said it wasn't only tickets to Richie and Farnham that were flying out the door.

Dame Malvina Major, Phantom of the Opera and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa had also been popular.

"We have been really busy with people buying tickets for Christmas gifts. Our phone has been ringing off the hook," she said.

Ms Hitchcock, who had dressed the part wearing a Lionel Richie wig, had her hopes set on a Womad ticket for Christmas.

"I love Kimbra and I would love to see her live again," she said.

Suzanne Porter, the chief executive of Taft - the organisers of Womad - said she gave up buying objects or items for people for Christmas many years ago.

"I think an experience is a much better thing to buy for someone.

"We all have enough things, but an experience can stay with you forever," she said.

While Ms Porter will be buying Womad tickets for her loved ones for Christmas, she's crossing her fingers for a pass to Richie and Farnham.

"That would be a great Christmas gift for me. I'm a classic fit for a Lionel concert. It would be a great girls' night out," she said.

While she wanted to see Richie in the flesh, she said she wished her mother lived in Taranaki, so she could get her tickets to Dame Kiri Te Kanawa for Christmas.

New Plymouth District Council's venue boss Nelita Byrne said classical musical lovers were buying tickets to both Dame Kiri and Dame Malvina Major.

Taranaki had a strong arts scene and it was pleasing ticket sales to so many events were going well, she said.

Thousands of dollars worth of tickets to New Plymouth Operatic Society's July production of The Phantom of the Opera had already been sold and the society is continuing to offer special deals ahead of Christmas.

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