Anticipation Fatigue

Drop everything, Jerry Seinfeld is coming to town. ‘Oh my god, gotta get tickets!’ ‘How good is Seinfeld?’ ‘This is gonna be amazing!’ ‘Roll on… August 2017’?!!

What is the deal with tickets for a show going on sale 9 months out?

With lead times this long, how can we not suffer anticipation fatigue?

For my birthday this year, I copped the mother of them all – an 11 monther. Tickets to see Book Of Mormon… in March 2017. Seven months have passed and I still haven’t seen the bloody show! It will almost be my birthday next year before I get to enjoy the satirical religious satire of Trey Parker and Matt Stone. I hate to sound like a spoiled child but ‘I WANT MY BOOK OF MORMON!’

Now I know how my 6 year old niece felt when Mum bought her a flower press for her birthday. ‘So you find a pretty flower, put it in here, squash it down and then wait two weeks’… Two weeks! Yeah right… She lost interest in 5 minutes and went back to playing with her Shopkins.

It could have been worse though, she could have been a Gun ‘n’ Roses fan… Kate bought ‘Gunners’ tickets in August for a concert that’s not on until Valentines Day next year. Apart from being a pretty weird way to spend Valentine’s Day, that’s a long time to have to wait to hear Sweet Child O’ Mine again.

Kate tried to tide herself over by going to K Mart and buying a vintage ‘Appetite For Destruction’ t-shirt which she plans to wear at the gig but now it looks like the tshirt is not going to make it to next February. Frankly, the thread count wasn’t great to begin with and one of the seams has come apart on the side.

Perishable tshirts aside, these enormous lead times also present us with many other unique problems:

1) How do you look after the tickets? 

What if you finally start a Gmail account before August next year? Will you still be able to retrieve the tickets from your defunct hotmail account?

2) Who do you go with?

What happens if you fall out with the person you buy the ticket with in the several months preceding the event? Suddenly that Seinfeld gig just got a whole lot less funny…

3) What if someone dies?

Rolling Stones fans have been grappling with this prospect for years but Keith Richards still rocks the axe. We can only hope Axl is as resilient as Keith because, frankly, it’s a miracle he made it through the 90s.

We don’t mind waiting to see our favourite artists but where is the line between anticipation and anticipation fatigue? Leave a comment below…


  1. Kate

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