The tickets had been originally reserved as seats to be used for technical staff, but were released to the public after more precise concert arrangements were known, organizer Inga Vasiļjeva told the press.
In particular, the extra tickets, available on bilesuparadize.lv, were released for the following concerts:
- vocal ensemble concert Laiku viju gredzenā;
- vocal ensemble concert Tev tuvumā;
- brass concert Pieskāriens laikam;
- the dress rehearsal of the Zvaigžņu ceļā closing concert, and the closing concert itself;
- the minority music concert Pa saulei;
- the kokle and vocal symphony concert Stīgo, brālīt, stīgo, māsiņ;
- spiritual concert Es esmu...
- dance performance Māras zeme (concert and dress rehearsal);
- two Vēl simts gadu dejai concerts.
Despite the high demand, no advance notice of the upcoming sale was given. Vasiļjeva said that it was done so because there were very few tickets available.
She also acknowledged that organizers were trying to escape extra attention and coverage, as most of the tickets ran out the very day were released for sale - demand was massive and social media were filled with tales of people waiting in lines for tickets, both online and in real life at approved ticket offices. Ticket-touting began immediately via online ads sites.
The festival's program includes a total of 63 events, concerts and performances, of which two-thirds will be free. In addition, many of the festival's concerts will be aired on Latvian Television, said Latvian National Center for Culture.
The Song and Dance Festival will run from June 30 to July 8 in Riga.