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Friday, 26 April 2019 01:37 am

More than 50 brave the cold for AC/DC tickets


A PILE of empty coffee cups and a line of cold people are all that remains from a frigid night spent by fans waiting for tickets for AC/DC early today.

acmain2The dedication was rewarding for Richard Thompson, 37, who had spent the night outside the Ticketek office in Wellington’s Cuba St, turning up 12 hours before tickets went on sale.

Richard (right) got the first tickets sold: “I’m bloody rapt,” he said, amid cheers and slaps on the back from the crowd of about 60 fans behind him in the line.

acmain3Andy Porteous (left), 19, a fan since 1998, who braved the cold from 9pm yesterday, said he was “pretty f***in’ pumped, but pretty freezing, as well”.

For her Angus Young costume, Harriet Hamilton, 21, won a double pass and the band’s back catalogue from Radio Hauraki.

Harriet (right) also received another back catalogue for appearing on TVNZ’s Breakfast programme.

acmain1She had been waiting in the bracing Wellington morning since 6am, queuing to get tickets to the show she has wanted to see since she was a girl.

Her extra ticket will go to her best friend from Christchurch.

“We decided that we would see AC/DC together when we were 13. Something of a life goal,” she said, shivering in her costume.

She’s been a fan since the last time AC/DC played in Christchurch 13 years ago, when she was eight and sat outside Lancaster Park to hear them.

She was not at all put off by the $160 price of the tickets: “Nah, they’re the best live band in the world.”

acmain5One of the back catalogues (left) was going to her boyfriend, Alexis Haywood, also 21, who not only waited in the cold, but also understanding that the extra ticket was going to her friend.

“Yeah, I understand. I was here getting tickets for me and a mate.”

New Zealand will be the first stop of AC/DC’s global Black Ice tour. They play just concerts here, in Wellington on January 28 and Auckland on February 4.

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  1. Good one Chris! Pity about the band though…

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