Guinness World Records are delighted to reveal that Professor Brian Cox, OBE has broken his own existing title for ‘Most tickets sold for a science tour’, having sold out the additional arena shows added to his Professor Brian Cox Live UK and Ireland tour.
In total, over 150,000 tickets have been sold for Professor Brian Cox Live, inclusive of the original dates (which began in September 2016) and the extra dates added in May 2017 to cater to phenomenal demand.
The UK leg of the tour will conclude at its biggest venue to date, Wembley Arena, in front of an 8,700 capacity crowd on 26th May 2017, before taking in four European dates. Taking audiences to the edge of our current understanding about the origin and evolution of the Universe, Professor Cox offers a fascinating insight into the workings of nature at the most fundamental level.
Whether an avid science reader or a total novice, Professor Brian Cox Live makes challenging ideas accessible to all, exploring the vast, possibly infinite universe and our place within it.
The audience Q&A hosted by his The Infinite Monkey Cage co-host Robin Ince means that every night is a unique experience.
Professor Brian Cox said: “I’m very grateful to have the chance to continue this tour, especially in larger venues. This means I can use a much larger screen, which does justice to the astonishing images of the Universe from the Hubble Space Telescope and spacecraft like Cassini orbit around Saturn. The success of the tour also means that hundreds of thousands of people in the UK are interested enough in physics to come and watch a live show about it, and that’s an encouraging thought for the future!”
Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, said: “It’s testament to Brian’s huge popularity that his show, Professor Brian Cox Live, has been able to add a run of eighteen gigs to the end of an already record-breaking tour. That these eighteen shows are arena shows, usually reserved for pop stars and sporting events, makes the feat even more impressive. To add another 75,000 tickets sold to his current record for the Most tickets sold for a science tour is truly remarkable. Will this ever beaten? Perhaps only if Brian decides to hit the road again in the future.”
Brian is Professor of Particle Physics at The University of Manchester, The Royal Society Professor for Public Engagement in Science and a Fellow of the Royal Society. As a broadcaster, Brian has presented a number of highly acclaimed science programmes for the BBC, boosting the popularity of subjects such as astronomy and physics and garnering a host of accolades, including two Royal Television Society awards and a Peabody Award for Wonders Of The Solar System.
He has also authored a series of best-selling books, including the widely acclaimed Human Universe and the recently released Universal: A Guide to the Cosmos, and is recognised as the foremost communicator for all things scientific. His latest critically acclaimed BBC series, Forces of Nature, aired in 2016, whilst he recently once again co-hosted Stargazing Live.