The Spice Girls announced last week that they would reunite – without Victoria Beckham – for a UK tour in 2019, and once tickets went on sale, the tour broke Ticketmaster UK’s sale records.
Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Melanie Brown, and Geri Horner made the announcement on November 5, revealing six stops across the UK. Due to such high demand, more shows were added in Manchester, Coventry, and London.
When tickets went on sale Saturday morning, fans flooded Ticketmaster’s site, which caused issues when trying to buy tickets. According to angry fans online, Ticketmaster’s queue opened two minutes early, and although people were on the page at the time tickets went on sale, they were kicked-out of the queue.
According to Ticketmaster MD Andrew Parsons, “demand for Spice Girls was off the chart.”
“They have smashed through Ticketmaster UK’s records becoming the busiest ever sale,” Parsons said in a statement. “There were millions of people on our site searching for tickets, with a queue at one point of well over 700,000.
“Hundreds of thousands of tickets were sold to happy fans across the country within minutes. Congratulations to the girls. From what we saw, they could have played nearly every night for a year.”
While some fans were lucky enough to snag tickets, many were not. Fans took to Twitter to express their frustration as the site crashed and they received “error” messages.
— Kate Willson (@KateWillson) November 10, 2018
Why do I still go to ticketmaster when they fück me over so many times? “Something went wrong” what sis, WHAT WENT WRONG?! #spicegirls
— Lottie (@DenchUnicorn) November 10, 2018
— Amy Brooke (@AmyBrooke7) November 10, 2018
Did anyone actually get @spicegirls tickets? I was refreshing from 10.15, they loaded at 10.25 and kept getting thrown out of the Q for “poor connection” I’m basically sat on the router I’m that close to it @TicketmasterUK makes no sense ?
— H O L L Y H A G A N (@HollyGShore) November 10, 2018
While tickets originally went on sale for £66 on official sites, resale sites quickly scooped up tickets, pricing them significantly higher. Many fans took to See Tickets, as the site had tickets for a reasonable price compared to Viagogo – which now has tickets priced at £172.
This will be their first tour in a decade. Throughout the trek, they will be joined by Jess Glynne. Nine of the stadiums have already sold out, and due to “phenomenal demand,” yet another show was added. The new date is on May 27 at Cardiff Principality Stadium – tickets for this date will go on sale this Friday.
Check out the full list of updated tour dates below.
Spice Girls UK Tour 2019
May 27 — Cardiff, UK @ Principality Stadium
May 29 — Manchester, UK @ Etihad Stadium
May 31 — Manchester, UK @ Etihad Stadium
June 1 — Manchester, UK @ Etihad Stadium
June 3 — Coventry, UK @ Ricoh Stadium
June 4 — Coventry, UK @ Ricoh Stadium
June 6 — Sunderland, UK @ Stadium of Light
June 8 — Edinburgh, UK @ BT Murrayfield Stadium
June 10 — Bristol, UK @ Ashton Gate Stadium
June 13 — London, UK @ Wembley Stadium
June 14 — London, UK @ Wembley Stadium
June 15 — London, UK @ Wembley Stadium