Free Rieu Concert Tickets Gone in Less Than Two Minutes
De Limburger - September 2016: On Tuesday, the 630 available seats for Rieu’s free mini-concert for 30 September on the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Plein (Our Dear Lady’s Square) were gone within two minutes, so says director Sione Götte of the Derlon Hotel which oversaw the ‘pre-sale’.
"Within 7 minutes we had receive 997 requests, so we had to turn our web site off real quick. That also meant that we had to disappoint a lot of people. And to keep everything in order attendees will not be assigned a seat until they have received a confirmation from us.
The vast majority of the reservations according to Götte went to the residents of Limburg. "It is a real Limburg party. Yet there are also a few people from Belgian Limburg scattered throughout. They come from places like Bree and Bocholt. However, most strikingly is the family Francis from Cranbourne in Australia who managed to get through. All the way from Australia, just for thirty minutes, that is hard to believe."
Re-opened 42 Times
Another notable fan was Melanie Burchartz from Heerlen. "She really wanted two tickets so she reopened our page 41 times. But rest assured, she will only receive 2 tickets and not 82," Götte laughs.
The Rieu concert and his entire orchestra was an initiative of Broadcasting Company Max. This company travels throughout the country with "the Time Max" caravan and broadcasts a week long from the Vrijthof. The broadcasts began on Monday, September 26th every day. The final Friday Max broadcast was moved to the Onze Lieve Vrouweplein (Our Dear Lady’s Square) specifically for the Rieu concert..
The last time the Maastricht violinist performed on the Onze Lieve Vrouweplein was in 1999.
Thanks to John for the Translation