Scotland on Sunday - 13th July 2003

Bowie gig a sell-out as Scots fans snap up tickets in 90 minutes

By Christopher Claire

FANS of David Bowie have snapped up almost 10,000 tickets for the singer's only Scottish show, making it a sell-out in just 90 minutes. Hundreds of fans queued for hours to get their hands on the 48 and 36 tickets, which went on sale at Glasgow's Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre on Friday. Officials from the venue said the show on November 28 was one of their fastest sell-outs. Some die-hard fans even slept overnight outside the venue to ensure they got the chance to see their idol.

Tickets went on sale yesterday at 9am and were gone by 10.30am leaving thousands of fans disappointed.

The star, whose hits include 'Ashes to Ashes', 'China Girl', 'Let's Dance' and 'Changes', will play hall four of the venue.

His Glasgow show is part of The Reality tour, named after his forthcoming album, and will start in Europe in October before moving on to North America, Australia and the Far East.

The singer - famed for his incarnations as Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and the Thin White Duke - will play to more than a million people in 17 countries during the seven-month series of concerts.

The concert tour is the artist's first major set of gigs since his Outside World tour of 1995.

A spokeswoman for the SECC said: "The tickets were sold out in an hour and half.

"People were queuing when we opened the doors at 9am and the tickets were all gone by 10.30am.

"There were also a few overnight stays, but when it is an artist like David Bowie, we expect there to be a very high demand for tickets."

The 56-year-old singer infuriated fans last month when he said he had no immediate plans to venture north of the Border after announcing gigs in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Dublin.

But promoters DF Concerts managed to persuade him to change his mind and another date was added to his itinerary.

The music legend kicks off the tour in Copenhagen on October 7.

It will be followed by the shows in England and Ireland before he brings his entourage to Glasgow for the eagerly awaited gig.

It will be the first time he has played in Scotland since a low-key concert at Glasgow's Barrowland in 1997.