The attendances were courtesy of John Birch’s copy of the tour book, and very interesting they are too. Here’s a table with the attendance and capacity at each venue:
The total tour attendance was therefore 12,376 from a capacity of 21,397. about 58%. The only sell out was the first London concert which was also the highest attendance – the shortfall was probably guest list entries.
Surprisingly, because it was the best gig on the UK leg, the Leeds concert was the poorest attendance. And look at Newcastle: hardly a triumphant homecoming… The lowest attendance relative to venue size was the opening Nottingham concert.
The winner with a guess of 14,750 is Edward Quant, and I’ll make arrangements to send him the Steve McQueen vinyl over coming days. Well done, really a very difficult competition. There were only 8 entrants in the end. Next time I’ll do something easier.
We’ll have a break from concert recordings now for a bit, but the 1986 Italian tour will be next, followed by what there is of Jordan, and at that point the entire known recorded canon of Sprout concerts will be available here.