March 27, 2009

U2 sells out in Croatia

U2 concert in Croatia sold out in 12 hours
The Associated Press
Published: March 27, 2009

ZAGREB, Croatia: Tickets for U2's first-ever concert in Croatia sold out in 12 hours Friday, organizers said.

Hundreds of people waited outside stores overnight in freezing temperatures for a chance to buy tickets to the Aug. 11 event.

Thousands of others logged onto the authorized seller's Web site, overloading the server and causing it to go down for a few hours.

"We've never seen anything like that in our career," said Maja Valjak from the Lupa Promotion, a concert organizer for several years. She said organizers hoped to negotiate another concert in Zagreb.

The 63,000 tickets were priced at 250-2,000 kuna ($45-$356). They went on sale online at midnight and at 9 a.m. (0800 GMT) in stores. The concert was sold out at noon.

Ksenija Pavlic, a 36-year-old mother of two, managed to get tickets online at 4 a.m. — after four hours of trying. "I've been waiting for this all my life, and I wasn't ready to miss it!"

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