Friday, 1 April 2011

Tickets Please

Tickets. It’s an ebullient word in Shetland at the moment. If you got yours for Mumford and Sons, Bill Bailey, The Levellers, Bjorn Again or Kevin Bridges, congratulations; if you didn’t, blaming the Shetland Box Office or the promoters seems to be a common default retort.

Personally, I’m delighted when an event sells out in Shetland. It shows a real demand for live entertainment in the isles and bolsters an economy that will sustain yet more world class events. But the reality of the situation is that if there’s a limited number of tickets for an event with a high demand, some folk will be disappointed. It may seem glib to state the obvious, but the obvious seems to have been overlooked recently and many have looked to criticise event organisers.