Robbie Williams’ extreme Aussie tour move
POP superstar Robbie Williams is going old school and scrapping pre-sales for tickets to his Heavy Entertainment Show concerts in Australia next year.
Williams will kick off the tour at Brisbane's Entertainment Centre on February 20 and has booked indoor concerts at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena on February 24, Sydney's Qudos
Bank Arena on February 28 and finish at Perth Arena on March 7.
In addition to the announced headline set at the Adelaide 500 on March 4, he has added a Day On The Green outdoor concert at the Mt Duneed Estate in Victoria on March 3.
Promoter Michael Chugg said Williams wanted to level the ticket playing field for his fans by making all tickets available at the same time next Thursday (September 7).
The measure is also an attempt to prevent bots and scalper sites securing pre-sale tickets and offering them for sale at increased prices before the general sale opens.
Chugg said fans might also consider adopting other old school approaches to buying tickets including queuing at box offices.
"Robbie's team didn't do pre-sales for his European tour and would prefer not to do them here," the promoter said.
"This is one way of testing everything we have been talking about this week to stop (ticket reseller) Viagogo getting hold of tickets.
"And maybe that could also be going to line up at the box office because I know people who have done that and managed to get their tickets just after sales opened.
"You've just got to try everything."
The promoter also cautioned fans against "Googling for tickets".
"Fans should be going directly to the official websites rather than Google because that is when you get Viagogo at the top of the results and have no guarantee you are buying a ticket that isn't scalped or how much you will get hit for in fees," he said.
"By going to Robbie's site or Chugg Entertainment, you will find the show you want and can click 'Buy' to go to the official ticketing."
Williams has been a wildly popular live performer in Australia since his first solo tour in 2001 and has been a regular visitor to our shores ever since, most recently for last year's ARIA Awards.
He kicked off the Heavy Entertainment Show world tour in Manchester in June, breaking down in tears when he dedicated his signature song Angels to victims of the terrorist bombing of Ariana Grande's concert on May 22.
The concert he has been performing in Europe draws not only from the Heavy Entertainment Show album which he released last year but the gamut of his solo career including fan favourites such as Let Me Entertain You, Millennium, Come Undone, Kids, Feel and Rock DJ.
It is also chockers with covers including Something Stupid (occasionally sung with his wife Ayda), George Michael's Freedom 90 and The White Stripes' Seven Nation Army.
Williams recently announced he will release a new record called Under The Radar Volume 2 in November.
The pre-order album covers on his website show a naked Williams climbing up a tree.
"It's a (compilation) of songs that I'm extremely proud of but didn't make the previous featured albums. They should've done, they're amazing - but you can get lost in an alleyway of 'I've got to write a hit or everybody dies!'" he said to announce the album.
"Lots of great songs go missing when you're in that state of mind - here they are."
All shows go on sale on September 7, with Sydney, Brisbane and Perth available from 10am local time and Melbourne from noon.