Glaswegian comedian Billy Connolly rides his High Horse
Tour to Queenstown tomorrow and Dunedin on Wednesday. Photo
Scottish comedian and actor Billy Connolly's first
stand-up shows in Otago in five years are on course to be a
sell-out in Queenstown, with ticket sales ''extremely heavy and
only a handful left'', while Dunedin has already sold out.
Staff at the Queenstown Events Centre are now turning their
full attention to the Big Yin's southern excursion after a
successful Queenstown Blues and Roots Festival on the cricket
oval last Saturday.
Queenstown Lakes District Council community facilities
manager Michael Homan said staff were ''very confident'' the
Queenstown show would be a full house, even though capacity
would be boosted to 1950 seats, 100 more than for the
previous major indoor concert, the Flight of the Conchords,
in June 2012.
''Our preps at the moment are around the basic operational
issues we're getting in place, like engineer's check-offs of
weight loadings from the roof and that sort of thing,'' Mr
''It's a full production from our end - audio, lighting and
''We're quite excited about it and we've got our preparations
well under way for it.''
Mr Homan said Connolly required ''very little'' in his
personal requests backstage; just the same as the blues and
Dunedin Venues event manager Ruth Mackenzie-White said the
Dalai Lama's visit in June last year was the previous show
before Connolly's to sell all 2200 seats in the Dunedin Town
Hall. Staff will be sure to point out his signature in the
guest book to the comedian.
''There haven't been tickets available for the last few
weeks, so it was a great sign to us about how popular Billy
is in the region and the fact that not all shows sell that
quickly, so that was good news to the promoter and
everyone,'' Ms Mackenzie-White said.
''We're just working through his technical requirements as we
Connolly is bringing his High Horse Tour to 12 New Zealand
centres, including Queenstown Events Centre tomorrow and
Dunedin Town Hall on May 7.
The new start time at all venues will be 8pm and not 7.30pm
as previously advertised.