Brian Cox smashes own ticket sales record
Professor Brian Cox has broken his own Guinness world record for the most tickets sold for a science show.
The British physicist secured his place in Guinness’s book of records in May 2017, after selling 8,787 tickets for a single show at the SSE Arena, Wembley, in London. He broke that record on 23 February 2019, when his Phil McIntyre Entertainments-promoted Universal: Adventures in Space and Time world tour visited Arena Birmingham, selling 11,433 tickets.
Craig Glenday, editor in chief of Guinness World Records, comments: “Brian has surpassed his previous record by an incredible amount and it really exemplifies the brilliant job that he does of making science accessible for all ages, something that we try each year to uphold in the Guinness World Records book.
“Brian does an amazing job of educating and inspiring children and adults alike, and his record is solid proof of these efforts.”
Due to popular demand, the show will return to NEC Group’s Arena Birmingham for an additional show on 21 September 2019. Tickets are priced from £40.75 from the Ticket Factory.
Brian Cox breaks record at SSE Arena Wembley show
British physicist Brian Cox OBE set a new Guinness World Record for most tickets sold for a science show with his performance at The SSE Arena, Wembley, last Friday (26 May).
Cox was presented with an award frame by the arena’s operations manager, Audrey Kane, after the show, which had an attendance of 8,787.
Cox comments: “I’m very grateful to everyone who has come to see these arena shows. We’ve shared evenings chatting about the size and scale of the universe, our place amongst the limitless stars and, crucially, the value of human life on our small planet.
“8,787 people at Wembley Arena? Who does Brian Cox think he is: Ed Sheeran?”
“The size of the venues has allowed us to display the most beautiful images of the cosmos taken by Cassini, the Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory on a spectacular scale, and I am honoured to have had the opportunity to showcase the work of hundreds of astronomers across the world to so many people.”
Guinness World Records’ editor-in-chief, Craig Glenday, adds: “8,787 people at Wembley Arena? Who does Brian Cox think he is: Ed Sheeran? Another fantastic achievement from the now-multiple record holder” – Cox also holds the record for most tickets sold for a science tour – “the galaxy is the limit for the professor.”
During the Wembley show, the arena joined music venues across Europe to hold a minute’s silence – followed by a minute of noise – for victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.