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Tall Ships gigs sell out in record time

THE TWO headline concerts for this year’s Tall Ships Race visit to Lerwick were sold out in record time after going on sale on Saturday at 12 noon.

The 2,000 tickets for The Levellers concert on Friday 22 July were all gone within 45 minutes, while another 2,000 tickets for Abba tribute act Björn Again the following night went in just 90 minutes.

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Tall Ships project manager Fiona Dally said that although queues had formed outside Islesburgh Community Centre, most tickets were sold online via the new Shetland Box Office’s website.

She said she was delighted with the huge response and there seemed to be a demand for concerts of this size in Shetland.

She added that there were plenty of other things on for those who unlucky enough to miss one of the 4,000 tickets.

“There are a lot of people who have not got a ticket for the concerts. There are two alternatives music events that will run concurrently for free. There will be a club marquee and Laurenson’s Quay on both of these nights as well as on Thursday,” she said.

“On Friday and on Saturday there will be performances on Victoria Pier including Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain on the Saturday night.

“So people can still come out and enjoy the atmosphere of the Tall Ships event.”

More than 50 tall ships with more than 2,000 crew will be visiting Lerwick between 21 and 24 July, this summer.

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