A wave of people queued outside Banquet Records to get tickets for pop rock band The 1975 in Kingston-upon-Thames on Sunday 2 October. A fan of the band talks about her experience queuing.
It’s raining. It wasn’t forecast, but then again, due to the British weather, it would have rained while you were queuing to get last minute tickets for British band 1975. It’s 8:26, 33 minutes until the doors of Kingston’s Banquet Records open, and chaos ensues.
Formerly a nightclub called Oceana, Pryzm is a venue that works with Banquet Records and usually hosts promotional shows featuring an artist’s latest music before or after a new album is released. Tickets: always available, shows: always worth seeing.
This week’s offer doesn’t deviate from that pattern either. A bargain for just £16 (or £19.75 with CD) to see The 1975, the pop rock band with four number one albums under their belt. The band, which formed in 2002, were announced as the acts on Thursday 29 September. They have a huge following heading to Kingston on Sunday 2nd October to grab some tickets for a more intimate show the night before their fifth album is released. Again, the band are known to play arenas, with an extra date at the O2 due to popular demand. With a Pryzm capacity of just under 2,000, it’s safe to say this will be a more intimate show.
Silvia Pellegrino, a journalist and big fan of this year’s headliners Reading and Leeds, queued for three hours, saying “we left at 3am to get here” from central London. This kind of commitment may seem rare; however, it is becoming more common. About two hundred people in line, Pellegrino still does not know if she will get tickets. Even arriving at four in the morning is relatively late compared to when the people at the front of the queue were arriving.
Pellegrino is from Italy but has lived in the UK for “four years”. The friend she is with today also happened to move to the UK at the same time, four years ago. Pellegrino says, “We met through Twitter in 2014” and are still huge fans of the band. With sites such as Twitter becoming an increasingly common way to form friendships today, online friendships are on the rise due to increased use of social media since the couple became friends eight years ago. It gives a chance to find friends who share the same interests and have similar things.
In 2018, Pellegrino says she also “went to see them (1975) at Pryzm,” but she only stood in line “to see Sam Fender in 2019.” She says she “probably won’t be queuing on Thursday”, which makes sense as Pellegrino adds that she’s booked the band for “five dates” in January (when they’re on their UK tour).
There seems to be a huge demand for concert tickets in the wake of the pandemic, and local venues like Pryzm are providing an opportunity to meet that demand at an affordable price. On Sunday, October 2nd, Kingston got to see that wish firsthand, and even though it took six hours of waiting in uncertain weather conditions, it still felt like a fun wait.