One Direction may not be arriving in Christchurch for 18 months, but tickets to their concert are expected to be in hot demand when pre-sales begin today.
The British boy band will return to New Zealand next year as part of a world tour, and they announced last week that a Christchurch concert would be held on October 13 at the CBS Canterbury Arena.
Tickets for the band's last New Zealand concerts sold out in three minutes, and spare tickets were snapped up on the internet for hundreds of dollars more than their original price.
Pre-sale tickets for next year's show will go on sale through Ticketek today at 4pm and run until 5pm on Friday.
The remaining tickets will become available to the public from 10am on Saturday.
Ticket prices range from $99 for a B reserve ticket to $399 for a "sound-check party" ticket, which includes a reserved seat in the front 10 rows of the concert and access to a pre-show sound check.
Press music editor Vicki Anderson questioned the merits of tickets going on sale so far ahead of the concert.
"Selling tickets for a concert over a year in advance is just crazy. Anything can happen in a year. If you're a parent buying a ticket as a gift for your One Direction-crazed tween, you might find that by the time the gig rolls around they will just roll their eyes and groan about how lame they are.
"Also, anything could happen to One Direction in a year. Their voices might break. They might discover their inner alt-country/indie side, grow beards and move to Nashville. They could fight over hair products or how many times it's possible to use the word 'beautiful' in one song and split up, becoming five solo artists – Five Directions, aka 5D.
"Disturbingly it is also likely that somewhere in the cosmos the next Justin Bieber waits to pounce on an unsuspecting music chart and this next pox on pop might announce a concert on the same date in 2013," she said.
The band will also play two shows at Auckland's Vector Arena as part of the tour.
Credit: The Press NZ