Adele US concert tickets sell out in minutes

Adele performing at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, US, on Feb 24, 2013.
Adele performing at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, US, on Feb 24, 2013.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tickets for Adele's first concert tour of North America in five years sold out within minutes for venues on the US east coast on Thursday (Dec 17), leaving thousands of fans empty-handed and venting their frustration on social media.

The British singer's 56-date tour, announced earlier this week, follows record-breaking sales of 5.2 million units in the United States alone of her new album, 25. Fans reported getting stuck for 45 minutes or more on ticketing websites, only to find that seats were sold out for major cities on the tour that starts in July in St Paul, Minnesota and ends in Mexico City on Nov 15.

Adele's representatives said tickets for some shows were going on sale at 10am local time in the relevant cities, but otherwise declined to comment.

Hashtags #adeletickets and #adelesoldout trended on Twitter, with fans posting memes, messages and GIFs inspired by the Grammy Award-winning singer's lyrics and music videos. "Hello from the ticket line. I've clicked refresh a thousand times," tweeted Maggie Sage Hunter, in a twist on the lyrics to Adele's hit single Hello. "3 days worth of Adele tickets sold out in 2 minutes and I am heartbroken," wrote Sammi Steger. "Just spent an hour trying to get #adeletickets in Boston and no luck... At least I can say that I tried," tweeted Jen Taranto.

Tickets for many shows appeared within minutes on secondary market sites like Stubhub, with asking prices ranging from US$9,999 (S$14,200) each for seats closest to the stage at New York's Madison Square Garden to US$300 each for those in the furthest reaches of the arena. Official prices ranged from US$40 to US$750 each for premium packages.

Adele's 25 album is already the biggest selling album of 2015 in the US, and has broken records dating back to 1991 when Nielsen Music first started tracking sales.

Tickets for the singer's UK and European concert tour, starting in February 2016, also sold out within minutes when they went on sale earlier in December.