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Thursday, 21 June, 2001, 06:36 GMT 07:36 UK
Madonna tour adds more seats
Madonna performs in Barcelona
Madonna is on tour for the first time in eight years
Madonna's fans in the UK have been given a boost with news that a handful of extra tickets for her concerts at Earl's Court are to go on sale.

The six London gigs, part of the singer's world tour, all sold out within hours of going on sale in April as fans flooded phone lines and queued around the block.

But since the Drowned World tour opened in Barcelona early in June, organisers have been able to see the show's technical requirements in practice and check sight lines.

As a result, they have announced that an unspecified but small number of extra seats will go sale on Friday.

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The tour is Madonna's first in eight years and tickets are highly prized around world, some selling for thousands of pounds over the internet.

In addition, excited reports from fans who have already been to one of the first gigs will fuel enthusiasm.

The Barcelona concert was reported as a spectacular sell-out event attended by 20,000 fans.

It featured giant screens, dancers, highwire stunts, an oversized bed and a mechanical bull.

Madonna went through a series of extravagant costume changes, including a punk-inspired kilt in honour of her film director husband Guy Ritchie's Scottish roots.

She played electric guitar and flew through the air on a trapeze wire. The show ended with a volley of cannon blasts.

Other cities on the tour include Milan, Paris, Berlin. Madonna will be in London before heading for the States.

The dates for her concerts at Earl's Court are 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 12 July.

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