For those wondering who didn’t ask (you should have, I’d have answered): Yes, there was a pre-sale today.
The code was distributed by e-mail in an attempt to create a more level playing field for everybody.
The whole idea was that those who contribute to the blog, have done so for many years, and make use of our chatroom first and foremost would get the first chance to purchase tickets. That was the aim and, after trying other ways previously with varying degrees of success, this was felt to be the best way to achieve it.
There were limits in place; nobody could buy more than two tickets and they cannot be resold, so it won’t be the same as the recent pre-sale for the European concerts, which ended up with very few tickets left over for general sale. The problem then, quite simply, was that too many people had the pre-sale code and were able to buy far too many tickets.
I truly am sorry to disappoint anyone reading who didn’t receive the code by e-mail yesterday or from me today (really, you should have asked), but hope you agree that this was the fairest way to guarantee that fewer people had access to fewer tickets, leaving more for the general sale on Monday.
Thank you for understanding. For those who kept it a secret, your co-operation was very much appreciated. For those who didn’t, well, we always expected some of you to blab.
Please let us know your thoughts about, or experiences of, today’s pre-sale.
The general sale begins at 10am local time on Monday.