HMV Group

Dion concert ticket frenzy predicted

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 November, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 November, 1998, 12:00am


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Long queues to rival last month's McSnoopy mania are forecast with the start of ticket sales today for Celine Dion's concert.

About 20,000 tickets for the superstar's January 25 show will go on sale at all four HMV shops from 8am and security will be stepped up to handle large crowds.

Tickets, costing $380 to $1,280, had been limited to telephone bookings so far and demand had been 'wild' said Dick Kaufman, spokesman for the show's promoters, the Arena Group.

'It has exceeded everyone's expectations. I would not be surprised if there are McSnoopy-like queues,' he said yesterday.

Thousands queued outside McDonald's restaurants to purchase Snoopy toys, part of a month-long promotion in September and October.

Dion's one-off show at Kai Tak will be her only Asian performance outside Japan where almost 100,000 tickets sold out in a day. About 40,000 people are expected at Kai Tak.

The French-Canadian's popularity soared with her haunting rendition of the theme tune to the hit film Titanic.

The film shattered local box office records, holding top spot for six months.

HMV commercial director Stuart Fraser said shops in Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay and Sha Tin, were opening two hours earlier than usual.

'This will give people who have to get to work plenty of time.'