Glaswegian comedian Billy Connolly rides his High Horse
Tour to Invercargill, Queenstown and Dunedin in early May.
Tickets to see Scottish comedian and actor Billy Connolly
in Queenstown for the first time in five years are expected to
sell out, despite the increased capacity in the events centre.
Connolly brings his High Horse Tour to 12 New Zealand centres
including ILT Stadium Southland, Invercargill on May 1,
Queenstown Events Centre on May 4 and Dunedin Town Hall on
Queenstown Lakes District Council community facilities
manager Michael Homan said inquiries about tickets had been
received at the events centre even before the promotor
confirmed the booking last Tuesday and well before tickets go
on sale later this week.
Adjusting the layout of the indoor stadium in the centre
boosted the maximum capacity to 1950 seats for the show, 100
more than for the previous major indoor concert, the Flight
of the Conchords in June 2012.
Systems and procedures exist to manage crowds of more than
8000 people at the Frankton venue, but those numbers were for
sports fixtures outdoors.
Mr Homan was thrilled Connolly wanted to return.
''It's significant for Queenstown and for the venue that the
promoter has faith in us to deliver a professional
international act,'' he said.
''It's one of the reasons for the events centre, so people in
the area can see an act like this.''