Not that it has come at a surprise but all 37,000 tickets for Radio One’s Big Weekend sold out in under an hour. The £5 admin fee per ticket clearly didn’t put off the thousands of fans keen to see some big name acts hit Derry/Londonderry. Unfortunately we have heard and read plenty of complaints from people saying they couldn’t get any. But in reality there is no way BBC could ever fulfil all the demand and in-fairness to them the allocation heavily favoured those from the city and Northern Ireland.
According to the official site 45% of the tickets went to people living in Derry-Londonderry, 45% of the tickets went to people living in Northern Ireland, and the final 10% of the tickets went to the rest of the UK and Republic of Ireland. Considering Derry/Londonderry has a population of over 200,000 people regrettably there would always be disappointments.
Even if you didn’t manage to get hold of tickets to the event, Radio 1 will be giving away tickets on air over the next few weeks and the gigs will be covered live on BBC Three, online and of course on Radio 1 itself throughout that weekend.