Ticket Update: What's Selling Out.
I've always wanted to create some sort of index that would predict how fast concerts would sell out. I feel I have a pretty good instinct. Here are some recent figures to keep in mind when judging future shows:
Bloc Party sold out the 3500 capacity Roseland Ballroom in three days.
Sufjan Stevens took several weeks to sell out it's first show at Bowery Ballroom (capacity approx. 550), followed shortly by the second show. The third show sold out fastest in terms of when tickets when on sale (Sold out by Last Friday). (In contrast, the Shins third Webster Hall show in April was slowest of the three with tickets lasting all through the night). Aren't you glad S.S. is doing 3 smaller shows instead of one at Webster Hall (capacity over 1,000)?
The National was on sale for a bit, but eventually sold out Bowery Ballroom days after CYHSY was officially added. Warsaw tickets remain. The National also recently sold out two nights at the Mercury Lounge (capacity approx. 250).
The Decemberists will have a job selling out two nights at Webster Hall. I think the New Pornographers will be more successful at the same task that same month, especially since Twin Cinema is still yet to be officially released.