Two world famous artists have announced they will be coming to Yorkshire this week, tickets for Elton John at Harrogate’s Great Yorkshire Show Ground go on sale today, he’ll be the first act performing at the venue (start as you mean to go on, Harrogate!) and Van Morrison will be playing at York’s Barbican as part of a six date tour next spring.
Tickets went on sale today for Elton John’s June 5th, and his first, performance at Harrogate’s Great Yorkshire Show Ground. Sir Elton is undeniably music royalty, having been inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame in 1994, his fans span generations. Reviewers of recent performances have described them as “amazing”, “professional” and “spine-tingling”. Ticket prices are between £55 and £80 which seems reasonable for what promises to be an excellent night out, Elton is guaranteed to play the classic hits that span his forty year career.
“Van the Man” will play The Barbican on the 12th February next year, tickets went on sale on the 1st of this month, and they’re selling out fast. It’s difficult to elude to the type of performance Van will offer, as he’s notoriously temperamental. In recent years though he has been playing more of his better known compositions, even playing his triumphant album “Astral Weeks” in it’s entirety at The Hollywood Bowl. There’s been some online discussion relating to the price of the tickets for this one, however. They range from £45 right up to £75, and as £45 is usually the top end price for events at The Barbican… Why the inflation, Van?
I’ve often equated Van Morrison with Morrissey, not just because they have similar names, although I must admit initially that did come into play. But over the years, I’ve come to realise that they’re also incredibly similar in their arrogance. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of Van Morrissey (as I’ve decided to dub them from now forth) but I’d have to describe them as unreliable geniuses. I’m reluctant to buy tickets to see either if I’m honest for fear of disappointment. Van has received distinctly mixed reviews following his dates earlier this year, some describing him as “on form” other’s saying they felt short changed, one fan even describing his performance as “perfunctory.” We all know the tickets will sell, though, no self respecting Van fan would let this pass them by, because just as much as you’re afraid of paying for something terrible, the fear of not going and missing something incredible is far greater.
The Barbican, considering it only reopened in May this year is already a firm favourite with gig goers. This year the likes of Noah and The Whale, Shed Seven, Matt Cardle and Katherine Jenkins will grace the stage, bringing a variety of performers to York that would often pass it by, leaving their fans to commute to Leeds, or heaven forbid, Manchester, which is a travesty in everyone’s eyes. The 1500 seated venue offers (usually) affordable ticket prices, and a restaurant, perfect for a pre-concert snack to tide you over!
To buy a ticket for Van Morrison at The York Barbican on Sunday 12th February click here.