Excellent ticket system at EICC
We previewed the Edinburgh International Book Festival earlier this week, but were excited today as the tickets went on sale, via the web, telephone and in person at the wonderful Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
Members of the public eager to get their hands on the tickets they wanted started to queue from 4am this morning. The EICC staff took a picture before they opened they doors at 8am. Everyone was given a numbered ticket and were called in order to the box office.
Whilst people waited on their number being called, they could sit in the foyer of the centre and have drinks and breakfast, making the whole process an extremely civilised one.
We attended around 11am and spoke with a few people waiting in the queue who were sitting around exchanging stories with each other and of course, many were reading books.
The delightful Book Festival staff made a podcast containing interviews with those who were waiting. You can listen to it here.
We spoke with Edinburgh resident, Mari Hood who arrived around 8am and was given ticket number 156. She bought her tickets a couple of hours later and only missed out on one of her choices, Seamus Heaney. Mrs Hood told us: “I thought the whole booking system was very efficient and I am delighted with the tickets I managed to get.”
“I’m really looking forward to seeing Tariq Ali and Robert Winston and just love the atmosphere at Charlotte Square.”
The Book Festival ticket sales are only at the EICC for today. The box office continues online andvia telephone. Ticket sales in person move to The Hub at the top of the Royal Mile from Monday.
Edinburgh Spotlight can’t wait for the Book Festival to start and will be spending many days in the tranquil and civilised oasis in Charlotte Square.