Cricket fans crash Hackney Empire website

Tickets for an audience show with Greg James’ 5 Live cricket podcast Tailenders sold out in just 30 minutes yesterday, crashing the theatre Box Office.

The hit BBC Radio 5 Live cricket series presented by the Radio 1 Breakfast host, England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson and ex-Maccabees guitarist Felix White is being recorded with a live audience at the Hackney Empire on Sunday 13 October.

Tickets went on sale at 10am yesterday and demand was so great from Tailenders’ fans worldwide, that the Box Office website couldn’t cope with the number of requests.

Greg James quickly tweeted a message to fans, using one of the shows favourite sayings: “Urm. So it turns out that Tailenders of the world DID unite and CRASH THE HACKNEY EMPIRE WEBSITE. The nerds are working on it and it’ll be up and running ASAP. This definitely didn’t #gowell

As soon as all the tickets had gone for the evening show, organisers quickly released tickets to a second show, adding a matinee on the same day.

Fans tweeted their delight at getting tickets, including @Henry_NC who said “Beyond happy to have got probably the last ticket up in the gods. I think you need to book the Albert Hall for 20 nights like Clapton to fulfil demand from the #tailenders community you have created.”

Anyone who missed out on tickets will be able to listen to the show in a podcast which will be available soon after the recording.

Subscribe now to hear Greg, Jimmy and Felix’s ‘spicy’ take on all things cricket including England’s progress in The Ashes, as well as a few musical interludes!

Tailenders is a BBC Radio 5 Live podcast for BBC Sounds that can be found here.


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