ONLY a "handful" of seats were left for Bathurst's Sir Elton John concert by mid-afternoon on only the first day of official sales.
After a number of presale ticket releases, the general public had its chance from 9am on Friday.
And according to Matthew Lazarus-Hall, the Sir Elton tour producer on behalf of Chugg Entertainment, the public grabbed that chance with both hands.
"We've sold 7000 tickets today," he said just before 3pm on Friday.
We thought we would get to these numbers, but it's always great when you can get there quicker than you wanted.Matthew Lazarus-Hall, tour producer on behalf of Chugg Entertainment
With the pre-sale tickets factored in, the show was getting close to its capacity of around 15,000, he said.
"We're really happy," Mr Lazarus-Hall said.
"We hoped that's where it would be. We have done so much work with the council and the media. We thought we would get to these numbers, but it's always great when you can get there quicker than you wanted."
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Mr Lazarus-Hall said it was hard to compare the Bathurst show's sales with sales for previous Sir Elton concerts because each was different.
"But to sell that many tickets 49 weeks out from the show is a great result," he said.
"It allows us all now to focus on planning, not selling tickets - making sure it's the best experience."
Sir Elton will play at Bathurst's Carrington Park on January 22, 2020 as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour of Australia and New Zealand where he says goodbye to life on the road.
The farewell tour began in the USA in September last year and will run for three years, taking in more than 300 shows across five continents.
Audiences are being promised a rare glimpse into Sir Elton’s life, and the personal meaning behind some of his greatest hits, via never-before-seen images and videos displayed throughout the show.
The Bathurst show next January will be preceded by six days of set-up and will be one of only a handful of regional stops for the tour in Australia.
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