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THE ORGANISERS of this summer’s Tall Ships Races visit to Lerwick have released an extra 3,000 tickets for the two headline concerts to satisfy demand.

When 4,000 tickets for The Levellers (22 July) and Björn Again (23 July) were first released at the end of March they were sold out within 90 minutes.

Now, after discussions with the Lerwick Port Authority the capacity of the Holmsgarth arena has been increased to allow a further 1,500 people to enjoy the concerts.

Tickets, priced at £20 (£15 concessions) for The Levellers and £15 (£10 concessions) for Björn Again will go on sale on Saturday 11 June at 10.30am.

Tickets will be available in person from the Shetland Box Office in Islesburgh Community Centre, by telephone on 01595 74 5555 and online from

The concerts will begin at 6.30pm until late, and will also be projected live on a large 46 square metre video screen to ensure the best possible views for all concert goers.

The Levellers will be supported on stage by Eat Dr Ape, The Stagger Rats and Oscar Charlie.

There is also a full line up of local artists in support of Björn Again, including perennial local favourites, No Sweat, and the long awaited return of Rock Sail & Nails.

Fiona Dally, project manager of The Tall Ships Races 2011 – Lerwick, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer further capacity at Holmsgarth arena for the duration of the event, and also for our concerts which have proven to be incredibly popular.”

As with previously released tickets for the headline concerts, these will be issued as ticket “vouchers” which will have to be exchanged for event wristbands prior to the concert to gain entry.

All other music events will be free at both Holmsgarth and the Victoria Pier stages and at the Club Marquee, which will run at Laurenson Quay in the evenings.

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