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qatsi, you shall go to The Ball! - The Titfield Thunderbolt
Heisenberg might have stayed here
qatsi, you shall go to The Ball!
Prom 1 - £5.00; Prom 3 - £5.00; Prom 13 - £5.00; Prom 21 - £5.00; Prom 26 - £5.00; Prom 30 - £5.00;
Prom 73 - priceless (Actually, it was £5.00 - Ed.)

I did feel a bit like Charlie Bucket for most of yesterday afternoon.

Current Mood: bouncy bouncy
Current Music: Rule, Britannia!

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obnoxious_muso From: obnoxious_muso Date: August 12th, 2006 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)
So what's the deal? How did you actually get hold of it? Nobody ever seems to know this!
qatsi From: qatsi Date: August 12th, 2006 10:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I didn't know, until someone told me while I was queueing for Beethoven 9 last year. After you have attended six concerts (the after is important because they keep the ticket stubs), go to the Box Office and ask if they have any Last Night tickets. The answer may be No, as it was last Sunday, but keep trying whenever you're there. The BBC release the tickets in batches through the season - I suppose that way they stand a better chance of not having only the Usual Suspects, or those who went to Prom 1 - 6, in the audience. They wouldn't tell me when the batches were released, but I guessed a Friday might be good anyway because they can also claim people from outside London are more likely to be around at the weekend. (As it's run by the BBC and they go on about the Proms being accessible, I supposed they would have to pay some attention to that).

I think I'm supposed to queue with the dreaded Season Ticket holders for the Last Night, but I'm sure I will find out on the day.

Ironically, I had decided to try to get a Weekend Prom Pass for next weekend, but they have sold out for the arena - so I'll have to queue for Lady Macbeth, which I expect to be very busy.
pm215 From: pm215 Date: August 12th, 2006 10:35 am (UTC) (Link)

The beeb page google throws up for '"last night of the proms" tickets' says that the six-concert rule only applies if you're trying to get a Last Night ticket before June 12th -- is it wrong?

qatsi From: qatsi Date: August 12th, 2006 10:39 am (UTC) (Link)
It's true that the rule is relaxed for seats when General Booking opens (though seats for the Last Night will almost certainly have sold out during the Advanced Booking period); but standing tickets can only be bought on the day - except for Last Night tickets, which can be bought throughout the season when you have six arena or gallery tickets.

There are always standing tickets available on the day - even for the Last Night - but because of the demand, most standing tickets will have been bought in advance.
altariel From: altariel Date: August 12th, 2006 09:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, congratulations!
qatsi From: qatsi Date: August 12th, 2006 10:06 am (UTC) (Link)
altariel From: altariel Date: August 12th, 2006 10:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm amazed at how cheap the ticket itself actually is (well, apart from the priceless bit, of course!). It's very cool that you're going to get to go, I'll enjoy watching even more this year knowing that there's someone there I know!
qatsi From: qatsi Date: August 12th, 2006 10:43 am (UTC) (Link)
For the seats, the prices do go up (for most concerts, the most expensive seats are £24; up to £40 for big names; but £73 for the Last Night), but the standing tickets are all the same price. I suppose it has more to do with the BBC's public service remit than to market laws of supply and demand.
uitlander From: uitlander Date: August 12th, 2006 10:16 am (UTC) (Link)
At last. Now keep collecting the stubs so all your friends can come along too :)
qatsi From: qatsi Date: August 12th, 2006 10:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I did hear one person who was doing that, earlier in the season. He had just been to his twelfth concert.
strange_complex From: strange_complex Date: August 12th, 2006 12:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Woot! Looking forward to hearing your front-line report.
qatsi From: qatsi Date: August 12th, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I doubt it will be front-line; probably a bit further back for this one ...
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