LONDON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Barbra Streisand fans in the U.K. were ecstatic upon hearing that the diva was coming to Britain for the first time in 13 years. Then they saw the ticket prices.
Cheap seats for the July 18th show at the newly reopened O2 Arena, formerly the Millennium Dome, started at £100, with prices topping out at £500, according to The Telegraph.
Tour promoters defended the lofty prices, claiming that the concert will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. “Seeing Barbra Streisand in concert is a pretty momentous occasion that ranks up there with seeing Sinatra or Elvis,” a spokesman told the paper. “If you think that FA Cup final tickets are going for £1,600, you get some sort of context.”
The 65-year-old singer will be backed by a 58-piece orchestra in the show, and will also travel to Vienna, Paris, Nice and Dublin.
Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Barbra Streisand Foundation, which supports charitable causes.
Tickets for the event go sale Friday, despite some fans threatening to boycott the concert.
Current dates on Streisand's European Tour
The European concert dates are:
21 June – Vienna – Schloss Schonbrun
26 June – Paris – Bercy
10 July – Nice – Nikaia Stadium
14 July – Dublin – Castletown House
18 July – London – The O2 Arena
–by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers