Sunday, May 19, 2013
When it was first announced that the Mumford & Sons "Gentlemen of the Road" four date festival tour had chosen the Eastern Promenade right here in Portland, Maine as one their stops, it was the shout of glee heard 'round the region.
This was followed by a sigh of despair on June 1st when tickets sold out in less than an hour leaving many fans empty handed.
However, there was yet another sigh of glee heard 'round Maine when The State Theatre Facebook page posted last night that another batch of tickets were going to be released this morning at 10 a.m. exclusively at the Port City Music Hall box office on 504 Congress St.
"This additional block of tickets is being made available in an effort to insure Portlanders & Mainers have first access. The tickets will only be available locally for the first two days (Thursday, July 12 and Friday, Jul 13) before they go on-sale online to the general public Saturday, July 14 at 10 a.m." said promoter Lauren Wayne's awesome press release that landed in my in-box.
These tix are all $69 with no additional fees.
By the way, in case anyone needs a reminder here's the full line-up of acts with one new addition:
Mumford & Sons, St. Vincent, Dawes, The Maccabees, Apache Relay, Simone Felice, Haim and just added Reggie Watts as Emcee !
I took an investigative stroll over to Port City Music Hall at about 9:45 this morning to see what the turnout looked like and holy guacamole, the line went on and on and on. When I headed back to the office fifteen minutes later there were 124 people waiting with more showing up by the minute.
I stuck my head up to the box office slot and inquired about how many tickets were going to be sold and here came my second surprise of the day, 3,000! Apparently, the powers that be re-calculated how many people can fit on the Prom and this is sensational news for fans who were shut out the first time around.
"I'm pretty excited," said first-in-line Brent Swan from Westbrook.
Katie Keough, from Farmington, was second in line and she too was thrilled. "We tried and couldn't get them the first time so we're really excited," she said.
Towards the end of line stood Angela Lupardo from Durham. She was flanked by two friends and was also among the grinning this morning, having missed out the first time around. "All my friends got tickets except for me."
Aimsel Ponti has been obsessed with - and inspired by- music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She's a huge fan of the local music scene and interviews an act every week for "Making Noise" which runs in the Press Herald GO section. You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets.