THE Maltings have secured Glasgow comedian Kevin Bridges for a third date after the first two shows sold out in three hours.
The Scot will now perform in Berwick on three consecutive nights next month, with tickets for the third date set to go on sale on Thursday.
Tickets for his performances on June 26 and 27 have already sold out, but Monday June 25 has now been added to the schedule for what will be a rehearsal show ahead of his main UK tour.
The Maltings is no stranger to queues, having seen crowds line up in their hundreds when tickets for Lee Evans and Michael McIntyre went on sale. Even though box office manager Wendy Payn said it wasn’t quite as busy when tickets the first two Kevin Bridges dates went on sale last week, they still sold out quickly.
Word broke of Bridges’ June 26 and 27 performances when he announced it on his website and Twitter page and one group of fans were so determined to get their hands on tickets that they arrived at The Maltings at 4am last week.
Kieran Welsh and his friend Graham Anderson stood for four hours before being relieved of their duties by Kieran’s mum Angeline and his gran Angela and given a well deserved McDonald’s breakfast.
As the boys headed to school, Angeline and Angela queued for another two hours before being the first people to get their hands on tickets.
“I’ve loved him ever since I saw him on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow,” Angeline said. “And I follow him on Twitter which is how I found out about him coming to Berwick.”
Third in the queue last week, Harry McCulloch found out the funnyman was coming to town by word of mouth and after seeing it confirmed on The Maltings website knew he’d have to get there early to be sure of getting tickets.
Commenting on the arrival of Bridges next month and locals reaction to it, The Maltings chief executive Matthew Rooke, enthused: “When we were approached at the 11th hour with the opportunity to book Kevin Bridges, we jumped at the chance.
“Given how fast his star is rising we were pretty confident that all of the tickets would go, but we weren’t prepared for how quickly they actually did.
“A sellout in three hours is on par with the likes of established stand-up royalty like Jack Dee, Lee Evans and Michael McIntyre. What makes it all the more exciting is that Kevin is so young and he’s from north of the border.”