Beyoncé, One Direction, The Rolling Stones…David Brent? The stars who are box office nectar

As tickets for Ricky Gervais' shows as David Brent sold out in under a minute yesterday, we look at the stars who've sent the box office into a frenzy

Ricky Gervais apologised to fans yesterday as tickets for a gig by Foregone Conclusion – the band fronted by his character David Brent – sold out in under a minute.


The high demand for the two-date run at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London, places Brent firmly in an illustrious pantheon of music megastars whose ticket sales stirred up a frenzy. (Although Gervais himself had some choice words for the ticket touts he believes were responsible for the speed at which the tickets were snapped up).

But who are the other stars who have managed to sell out within seconds?


The UK leg of the Mrs Carter Show sold out all 11 dates in 12 minutes earlier this year, and in 2011 surpassed even Brent’s 1 minute sell out when tickets for the first date of her ‘4 Intimate Nights With Beyoncé’ tour were snapped up in 22 seconds. It shouldn’t be impossible for Foregone Conclusion to replicate her success, though – after all, as Brent has told us in The Office, this is a band that was once supported by Texas, no less.

One Direction:

Ticket-selling websites crumbled as sales for One Direction’s 2013 tour reached 300,000 on the day of their UK and Ireland release. Next year’s Where We Are stadium tour sold out in minutes, and added 3 extra dates to cope with demand; with whispers of Gervais taking Brent and co to Wembley, Foregone Conclusion could soon be following in 1D’s footsteps.

The Stone Roses:

220,000 tickets for the Stone Roses’ Heaton Park comeback in 2012 sold out in 68 minutes, landing the shows a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest selling rock concerts in UK history. And as the demand for David Brent’s return to the stage has demonstrated, fans have felt Foregone Conclusion’s absence just as keenly.


135,000 tickets were sold in 1 hour 40 minutes as fans clamoured to see The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys and Mumford & Sons headline last year’s festival.Yesterday’s 1 minute mania certainly proves Brent’s crowd-drawing credentials; could Foregone Conclusion’s ticket sale success see them propelled onto the Pyramid Stage?