The Prince Australian tour 2012 has sold out in minutes this morning, with extra dates added in Melbourne and Sydney to cope with demand.

Tickets to the new dates, Saturday 12th May in Sydney, and Tuesday 15th May in Melbourne, are on sale immediately and fans are advised to attempt to purchase as soon as possible as demand is sure to outstrip supply.

Fans who are attempting to purchase tickets through the Ticketek mobile application should also be aware that the extra shows will not show up immediately as the app has a 20 minute delay.

Prince’s highly anticipated tour will mark only the third time Prince has visited Australia in his long career, and marks nine years since he last visited.

According to The Herald Sun, several promoters had been in negotiations with the Purple Rain pop superstar to present his upcoming Australian concerts.

Big Day Out were part of that bidding process, according to promoter Ken West, who explained back in 2011 as his festival suffered backlash from an underwhelming lineup that “We got asked over a year ago by Prince’s representation to say, ‘We really want to do the Big Day Out’.”

“At the same time we had Blink 182 chasing us for a year, saying, this’ll get Travis (Barker) on a plane. Neither happened. It just kept going to the end of the line and nobody ever really said, ‘No’.”

Prince Australian tour 2012 dates:
Friday 11th May – Allphones Arena, Sydney
Saturday 12th May – Allphones Arena, Sydney (JUST ADDED)
Monday 14th May – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Tuesday 15th May – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (JUST ADDED)
Friday 18th May – Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Wednesday 30th May – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (JUST ADDED)

Tickets available here