20,000 advance tickets sold to Iceland concert venue

20,000 people have already bought tickets to shows at Harpa, Reykjavik’s not-yet-opened national conference and concert centre. Some events sold out within an hour, it is reported.

The long-delayed Harpa is due to open in six weeks from now and a statement from the centre says that ticket sales have surpassed even the most optimistic predictions.

The three opening concerts by the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy, are all sold out and very few places remain for the Jonas Kaufmann concert. Kaufmann is coming to Iceland as part of the Reykjavik Art Festival.

The second wave of concert and event announcements is due on the 1st April and further ticket sales are expected to start soon. Among the concerts to be formally announced are a Bob Dylan tribute performed by some of Iceland’s most recognised acts.

“It is important to state that the Harpa opening festival itself will be held on the 13th May and will involve some 400 Icelandic artists, as well as many others from overseas. A strategy on how the sale of tickets will be organised will be presented soon. The opening festival will be shown live on RUV and to music fans all over the world online,” the statement reads.