2017 was a bumper year for live entertainment. Australia saw a plethora of international superstars hit our stages; we had not one, but two Cirque du Soleil shows tour the country; and then there were numerous musicals, from classics like My Fair Lady and Hello, Dolly! to brand new ones The Book of Mormon and Aladdin.
These are the Lasttix offers that our members couldn’t get enough of — you even nearly crashed our website, the demand was so high.
Most popular major concert: Guns N’ Roses
News that the original Guns N’ Roses line-up of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan had regrouped for this tour had fans going crazy for tickets. Add to that a saving of over $100 per ticket, special guest Angus Young (AC/DC) and all the mega-hits, such as ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ and ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, and this was always going to be one of the hottest tickets around.
Most popular musical: Kinky Boots
A Reserve tickets to Kinky Boots were up to $135, so when we announced tickets from $75 to this feel-good musical with a big heart and even bigger shoes, performances sold out in a flash. It wasn’t just the price that was appealing though — with music by Cyndi Lauper and several Laurence Olivier Awards to its name, Kinky Boots was one of the best musicals to tour Australia last year.
Most popular theatre show: The Play that Goes Wrong
It was touted as Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off! so comedy lovers were expecting big things from the play that won the 2015 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Luckily, it delivered, with our reviewer unable to eat for several hours after, his cheeks were so sore from laughing. Then again, it was hard to go wrong with $69.90 tickets, a saving of 30% on the regular price.
Most popular comedy: Chris Rock
He was named the fifth greatest stand-up comic of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. Fans knew they were in for night of hilarity — and epic savings — with our $69.90 offer.
Most popular dance: Russian National Ballet — The Nutcracker
The Russian National Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker proves it doesn’t have to be the festive season for you to enjoy this classic ballet. With adult tickets from $59 and junior tickets a sweet $49, this family-friendly offer was snapped up by everyone from grandparents to school kids.
Most popular sporting event: Arsenal FC vs Sydney FC
Lasttix offered $49 tickets to members, up to 75% off the regular price, and the fans came out in force to support their teams and fill the stadium with red and blue. Sure, Sydney FC fans may have gone home disappointed by the result, but at least their hip pockets weren’t hurting from the privilege of watching their team play. And, as we overheard one Arsenal fan say, ‘it’s your chance to see Arsenal without buying a plane ticket to England.’
Most popular cabaret: Crazy Horse Paris
It’s no surprise that Elizabeth Taylor, JFK, Madonna, Jean Paul Gaultier and Sting are fans. Crazy Horse Paris is a cultural phenomenon all right, using textured lighting and provocative style to create a show of stunning precision and sensual sophistication. Lasttix members snapped up so many tickets (up to $63 off), the producers had to release more.
Most popular exhibition: Brickman ‘Wonders of the World’
Who doesn’t want to some of the most iconic landmarks of the world constructed from, literally, tonnes of Lego pieces? There was an Empire State Building (complete with King Kong), a Great Wall of China, a Leaning Tower of Pisa and an Arc de Triomphe. The popularity of our $20 tickets — up to 43% off —showed that you don’t have to be a kid to be fascinated by those brightly coloured bricks.