TICKETS today went on sale to see some of the biggest shows in Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture year.
And with high demand expected for events like the Liverpool Sound concert featuring Sir Paul McCartney, a Liverpool 08 ballot has been launched to allow people around the world to register.
From today people will be able to register for free for eight specially, selected shows in 2008 (listed below) before the application deadline closes 10 days later on Sunday, October 7.
To register people can go on-line at www.liverpool08.com or fill in a form which will be available at the 08 Place and all city council One Stop Shops, libraries and lifestyle gyms.
The balloted shows are:
* Emilia di Liverpool at St George’s Concert Room: January 2. Donizetti’s 1824 Opera performed by European Opera Centre. All tickets: £25.
* The Opening – Liverpool The Musical at Liverpool ECHO Arena: January 12. Show features Ringo Starr, Dave Stewart, Vasily Petrenko and many more. Tickets: £35.00, £47.50.
* The Tavener Requiem at Metropolitan Cathedral: February 28. A concert for peace, featuring the four great faiths of Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam. World Premiere. Tickets £15, £22.
* Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts the European Union Youth Orchestra: March 30. At Philharmonic Hall. Tickets: £9, £14, £19, £22, £28.
* Into the Little Hill at Pacific Road Arts Centre: April 18. A political updating of the Pied Piper story. UK premiere. All Tickets £20.
* The Liverpool Sound at Anfield Stadium: June 1. A once-in-a-lifetime concert celebrating Liverpool’s musical influence, featuring Sir Paul McCartney. Tickets: £35, £55, £75.
* Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem at Liverpool Cathedral: June 28. Featuring Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Choir of Liverpool Cathedral, Choir of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Choir of Cologne Cathedral. Tickets: £14, £18, £23.
* Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker: September 4. The super-conductor returns home for a World premiere, commissioned by Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets: £28, £38, £45, £55, £65.
The Liverpool 08 ballot has been created to ensure a fair distribution of tickets locally, nationally and internationally.
All people have to do is select the show, what tickets they want – they can select more than once price category – provide their bank card details and address.
08 Cardholders can improve their chance of being drawn out, through an exclusive allocation. More than twenty thousand 08 Cards are now available at the Merseytravel Information Centre, Tourist Information Centres or the 08 Place. Once collected they must be activated on line at www.08card.co.uk before entering the ballot. Activation is immediate.
Tickets will be limited to two per household with allocations based on postcode and then the highest price category first.
If unsuccessful in the higher price bracket, people will automatically be entered in to the draw for any lower price brackets they selected.
Once the ballot is held, people will be informed by e-mail or post within a few days. Bank cards will only be debited if the card-holder has been successful in the ballot for tickets.
One of the UK’s leading ticketing agencies SeeTickets, who handled ticketing for this year’s Glastonbury, will be handling the Liverpool 08 Ballot.
In most cases there will be a booking fee of 12%, plus a £1.85 transaction fee which is industry standard and will ensure administration costs are covered.
This process will also help the Liverpool Culture Company to donate £300,000 to two chosen charities: Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy charity, which will use the funds to significantly increase its therapy services in Merseyside.
To combat ticket touts, every Liverpool 08 ticket will carry a unique barcode on it. This means that the venues will automatically pick up any attempt to use duplicate or forged tickets at the point of entry and will be able to cross-check the ticket with the registered address of the person who paid for it.