Waiting in line instead of online for McCartney tickets

April 29, 2013 - 12:40pm Updated: April 29, 2013 - 1:46pm
'Old-school' fans line up for Paul McCartney tickets at the Brandt Centre box office April 29 2013. Adriana Christianson/CJME
'Old-school' fans line up for Paul McCartney tickets at the Brandt Centre box office April 29 2013. Adriana Christianson/CJME

The rush was on Monday morning as the box office opened for Paul McCartney’s Out There tour stop in Regina.

While most eager music fans were likely hitting the re-fresh button for Ticketmaster.ca, about 20 fans were enjoying fresh air and music waiting in line instead of online.

Kristina Jankowski and her friend Holly were the youngest in a crowd of 20 and the first in line after Sitting outside the Brandt Centre since 10 p.m.

Paul McCartney fans Kristina Jankowski and Holly Wirght line up at the Brandt Centre.Paul McCartney fans Kristina Jankowski and Holly Wirght camped in line at the Brandt Centre April 29 2013.

“It’s fun and you make sure you get your seat you want and you don’t have to deal with the whole online hassle and you don’t have to worry about it crashing,” she commented.

By about 5 a.m. Monday they certainly weren't alone as the original generation of Beatles and McCartney fans cued up.

For people like Marta Fonsica it has been a long and winding road to get this chance. She has been waiting 45 years to see Sir Paul.

“I’m a huge fan of the Beatles so I just have to be here there’s no other place to be,” Fonsica explained, noting that she wanted to come out last night but her husband didn’t think it was a great idea. “I’m super excited and we’re just going to have fun.”

Linda Thomas added that she couldn’t afford to see the Beatles back in the 60s and so she’s excited to have the chance now that she can. 

Another fan named Jerry turned up at 2 a.m. for his chance to see ‘Sir Paul’ live, for the first time.

“This is the stuff we grew up on it’s the stuff we grew to love immensely and this is a big thrill for me to be able to see Paul McCartney,” he said.

As for why these 20 people chose to stand in line rather than buying online, they all agreed the old-school way is better, most admitting that they don't feel comfortable trying to navigate internet sales.

“For one thing I’m intimidated by the internet process so I really didn’t want to victimize myself by getting caught up in that loop,” Jerry admitted.

 “The old fashioned way is to stand in line and make sure you get there – when the doors are open you get the best opportunity to get the first tickets and at least you don’t lose out.”

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