Spring Weekend tickets quickly going M.I.A.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Two-thirds of the tickets for the Spring Weekend concerts were sold on the first day of sales, easily outpacing last year’s rate, said David Horn ’08, Brown Concert Agency’s booking chair.

In four hours on Monday, BCA sold most of its initial allotment of 3,500 tickets for each of the two concerts, Horn said. The agency may be able to release an additional 1,000 tickets for each show 72 hours prior to the performances, but only if weather permits the shows to be held on the Main Green rather than in Meehan Auditorium, Horn said.

BCA encourages students to buy tickets “as early as possible” today to be guaranteed admission, Horn said.

Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m in Lower Faunce. For Brown and Rhode Island School of Design students, tickets are $12 for the April 11 concert and $15 for the April 12 concert. A ticket package for both shows costs $20.

Horn attributed the unprecedented speed of tickets sales to “incredible demand for these artists” and BCA’s decision to accept credit and debit cards as well as cash for ticket purchases.

The Friday, April 11, performance features rapper Lupe Fiasco and indie rock band Vampire Weekend. The Saturday, April 12, show will star rapper M.I.A. with mashup DJ Girl Talk and progressive rock band Umphrey’s McGee. M.I.A. is playing only four dates in North America on this tour, Horn said, leading to “pent-up demand.”

“We’re really excited about all the positive reception to these shows,” Horn said.

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