Aussie Scene Remains Buoyant

The Splendour in The Grass festival in July sold out its 30,000 tickets in five hours, with a bill including The Strokes, The Pixies, Ben Harper, Mumford and Sons, The Ting Tings and Scissor Sisters.

Fans complained that ticketing agency Moshtix’s website went into meltdown, preventing them from finalising their ticket purchases. Moshtix denies the claims.

Powderfinger’s farewell “Sunset” tour September-October added new shows in six cities after they sold out in minutes April 30.
More than 175,000 tickets have moved, selling out 17 of the 26 dates.

The tour now winds up in the band’s hometown of Brisbane – much to the annoyance of fans in that city who booked flights and accommodation to the original finale show in the Victorian town of Ballarat.

Metallica’s World Magnetic Tour added extra shows in three cities for its run through Michael Coppel Presents due to presale demand for tickets through its Australian fan club and promoter allocations.

The band is expected to play to at least 130,000 by the time it arrives in October after a six-year absence.

Dainty Consolidated Entertainment added new shows in four cities for Yusuf, whose first visit in 36 years mostly sold out in first-day sales.

U2 is rumoured for a late 2010 visit.