Staff at Credit Union Place made the wait for concert tickets a bit more comfortable providing chairs for patrons to sit in while they waited for the box office to open. People began lining up early to purchase tickets for the June 24 Sting concert. Mike Carson/Journal Pioneer
SUMMERSIDE – Tickets for the June 24 Sting concert are already scarce.
The prolific songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist and former front man for The Police is bringing his Back to Bass Tour to Credit Union Place.
Community services director Bobby Dunn said as of 3 p.m. Monday there were only 36 tickets left for the concert and they were for standing room only.
Dunn said within the first hour of sales, which began Monday at 10 a.m., 4,000 tickets were snapped up by concert-goers and between 90 and 95 per cent of sales were done online.
Lee MacLeod from Summerside arrived at Credit Union Place just before 8 a.m. Monday to get his tickets for the concert.
“Just coming here to get four tickets and enjoy the concert,” MacLeod said while waiting for the box office to open. “I think it will be a good concert. I try to go to all of the concerts here in town because it’s cheaper for us to come here than going to Moncton and that because you have to have a (hotel) room. So here, when I get a chance to come to the concerts I usually come.”
He said the city has come along way in bringing in quality concerts.
“I was at Elton John too. I’ve got tickets for Alan Jackson and now we’re standing here for Sting.”
MacLeod said he enjoys music and coming to a concert at Credit Union Place is a nice way to celebrate a night on the town.
“I like some of his tunes,” he said of Sting. “I like music generally. So. It’s nice to come. It’s an evening out. Like I said, it’s usually cheap because if you were going to Moncton to see it now you’ve got a motel involved or you’re up all night driving. So, I enjoy this.”
Being in the lineup early Monday paid off for Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. Ocean 100 was broadcasting on site from Credit Union Place and held an early morning draw for two tickets to the concert. MacKenzie won.
“I got here about 8:30 and waited patiently and I was very happy to win,” he said. “I’m here to buy four tickets so I just need two more now.”
MacKenzie said he is a fan of Sting.
“I always liked the Police,” he said. “It’s the sound of the 80s, I guess.”
Like MacLeod, MacKenzie said the city is doing a good job in attracting concerts to Credit Union Place.
“They absolutely are,” he said. “I was at the Elton John concert also. It’s amazing what the people here can do and the facility plays a bid part in it too.”
Annette LeBlanc from Cape Breton decided she would take in the concert while in the city.
“I’m not from Summerside but I am here at school and I figured while I’m here I might as well take in some of the excitement,” she said.