Tickets for DIR EN GREY's first-ever U.K. show at London's Islington Academy have sold out within just two days of going on sale, despite no official advertising. Details of how to order the first 80 tickets were disclosed last week via a "J-Rock" community, and sold out within six minutes. The remaining 720 tickets, priced at £28 each, went on sale at midday on Monday, April 16, and had all been purchased by Wednesday, before any advertising had time to hit the streets
The phenomenal demand for DIR EN GREY in the U.K. can be attributed to the same word of web buzz that launched the careers of artists like LILLY ALLEN and THE ARCTIC MONKEYS. Having had no publicity, official releases or shows so far in the U.K., the band has captured the imaginations of British music fans through web sites like YouTube and MySpace, where they're racking up an incredible number of plays.
The Japanese band has already experienced incredible success in Asia and continental Europe, as well as in the USA, where, according to reports, shows are filled with hysterical, screaming fans, some of whom have been known to pass out in scenes reminiscent of THE BEATLES' shows.
DIR EN GREY's U.K. debut takes place at London's Islington Academy on August 2.
DIR EN GREY's new album, "The Marrow of a Bone", will get a U.K. release on May 7 via Gan-Shin Records.