Box office phone lines, web sites and walk up queues are about to go crazy - The Vamps are returning on their first headline Arena tour, writes Graham Walker.
Tickets go on sale on Saturday, October 18, at 10am precisely, so don’t turn up late.
Dates are likely to sell out fast, not least of all because the latest boyband sensation have insisted on possibly the greatest Arena ticket deal ever for fans.
A third of all tickets on the tour are going on sale from just £10 each.
But if you want to get up close and personal you can pay a lot more for Wow Pit tickets - just 250 per show - a standing ticket, directly in front of the stage, with lots of other prices in between.
It shows how in tune with their fans are pin ups James McVey, Brad Simpson, Connor Ball and Tristan Evans.
Drummer Tristan, in an exclusive chat - hear it in full below - said: “It was our idea. A lot of young fans want to come and see us and it shouldn’t be super expensive or a super effort to see your favourite band.
“So we’re selling 30 per cent of the whole tour at £10. There are higher prices for other fans who want to come.
“They will be online, you can buy at the venue as well - so get your tickets at 10am.”
It’s good advice. The band’s autumn theatre tour, of 16 dates and 11 cities, sold out in an hour.
The Vamps will now perform to over 150,000 fans across the UK and Ireland’s largest cities, including a date at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on Friday, April 24.
The demand to see themn live is not surprising when you look at what they’ve achieved in just a couple of years.
The Vamps have had four top five singles, with Can We Dance, Wild Heart, Last Night and Somebody To You. Debut album Meet The Vamps smashed into the charts at number two.
They are now working on the American market as social network figures continue to going through the roof - with 3.5 million likes on Facebook and 1.7 million followers on Twitter.
And as if that wasn’t enough to sel the show, their arena tour support will be Britain’s other popular new boyband sensations, Union J.
Tristan said of the forthcoming arena dates: “It will be much different from the theater tour - it’s going to be bigger and better. We’re going to have lasers, screens and the show will be completely different, a bigger stage and production, with a bigger crew.
“We’ll be playing all the hits and more,
“We’re very excited about it. It’s going to be fun and an arena headline tour is something we’ve always dreamed about doing.
“Union J are awesome guys. We are good friends with them and we can’t wait for them to be on our tour. It’s going to be really exciting.
“We’ve known them for a couple of years now.”
Fame has come so quick he says he hasn’t had time to pinch himself
He said: “It’s very strange. We were rehearsing in a garage and it’s crazy how all this has come true, all thanks to the people who support us.
“Nothing has sunk in for me yet. We are always super busy here there and in a different location each day.
“You don’t even have time time to pinch yourself but we do appreciate everything; the fans - we’re in such a lucky position and we are so grateful for that.
“As a four piece we don’t feel the pressure that much. We don’t over think it. We just release music and if they like it they do, if they don’t, they don’t. We’re not about how much chart position we can get and how much money we can get. We’re not about that. It’s about having a good time and staying best friends.
“We’re working on our second album - we’ve been writing and producing that, then we’ll be doing it properly in a few months. We’re excited about that, definitely.
“We have no idea what it’s going to be called. But we hope to have it out in late 2015, early 2016, I would guess. We will see how well it goes.”
In a direct message to fans he added: “We owe everything to you guys. We will always keep loyal and tell you everything. We can’t wait to share some more music with you, play and meet you guys. We love ya all.”
We asked fans to tweet us questions for Tristan and we put this one to him, from Johnathan J Blake @JBLAKE6591 who asked: What is it like working with other artists and who is your next collab?
Tristan said: “Good question. It’s awesome working with other guys. With us, we never want the label to come to us and say we have to collab with this guy, or girl - we always do it naturally, like with Demi Lovato, She was in the same area at the time. We were on tour with Shawn Mendes who is on our Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart) single, it’s fun and just hapened naturally. We become friends and then go in the studio and record.”
* Sheffield tickets, including fees, priced £10.45 to £43.45, with a limited number of WOW Pit tickets at £87.45, will be available on 0114 2 565656, visit www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk or buy in person.
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena’s priority sale mailing list members get the chance to buy 24 hours earlier, from Friday, October 17, 10am.
Also see our entertainments and listings site, for full tour details and tickets, at www,wow247.co.uk.
THE VAMPS 2015 UK ARENA TOUR DATES
April 18: Glasgow Hydro
April 20: Belfast Odyssey Arena
April 22: Dublin 3 Arena
April 24: Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
April 25: Manchester Phones 4U Arena
April 28: Liverpool Echo Arena
May 02: London The O2
May 04: Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
May 05: Nottingham Capital FM Arena
May 08: Birmingham LG Arena