The St. Paul venue — which is set to host the first Twin Cities show from the U.K. goth-rock legends in 20 years — announced the June 7 concert will be expanding to accommodate more seats. The more the (by gloomy Cure standards) merrier, right? Wrong. The rejiggered seating arrangement requires the stage be pushed back, meaning diehards who scored tickets Thursday during the pre-sale and Friday now have shittier seats.
The seating layout when tickets went on sale Friday (the pre-sale layout was even slightly smaller):
The seating layout when additional tickets go on sale Monday at noon:
An Xcel rep told the Star Tribune no accommodations will be made for those who purchased seats prior to the concert's expansion, but if you manage to buy better seats Monday, your original tickets will be refunded. Floor seats were not impacted by the switch-up, and tickets will remain $40-$85.
For their part, the Cure issued this all-caps statement, hoping to not "cause anyone any upset":
"WE HAVE BEEN BLOWN AWAY BY THE RESPONSE TO OUR JUNE 7TH SHOW AT THE XCEL ENERGY CENTER MINNEAPOLIS-ST PAUL - THANK YOU! – WHEN WE SAW HOW OVERWHELMING THE DEMAND WAS IN THE PRE-SALE, WE DID OUR BEST TO MEET IT BY SLIGHTLY INCREASING THE CAPACITY FOR THE PUBLIC ONSALE, BUT APPARENTLY IT WAS NOT NEARLY ENOUGH…Oh, but upset they caused. Here's a sampling:
SO AS A GESTURE OF GOODWILL TO THE MANY FANS THAT HAVE BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL IN THEIR BID TO GET TICKETS, WE HAVE TAKEN THE VERY UNUSUAL STEP OF AGREEING TO 'PUSH THE STAGE BACK' EVEN FURTHER IN ORDER TO FREE UP MORE SEATS…
THIS WILL INEVITABLY MEAN THAT SOME FANS ALREADY WITH TICKETS WILL BE A BIT FURTHER AWAY FROM THE STAGE, BUT IT WILL ALSO MEAN THAT THE MANY FANS WITHOUT TICKETS WILL NOW GET A (SECOND) CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE THE SHOW…
WE REALLY HOPE THIS DOESNT CAUSE ANYONE ANY UPSET – AND WE PROMISE THE CONCERT WILL BE GREAT WHEREVER YOU ARE IN THE VENUE!!!"
@XcelEnergyCtr If I had known I'd be watching them on a screen I'd have saved my money and watched a YouTube video.— St Valeria (@Valerous) March 18, 2016