Formed in May 1970, Ticket were New Zealand's ultimate acid band.
By mid-1971 Ticket had built up a big following in the South Island so they headed north. Their reputation preceded them and concerts at Universities along the way were well attended and received. In Auckland the band came to the attention of promoters Barry Coburn and Robert Raymond. With new promotional power, the group supported Daddy Cool on their tour, and then headlined Coburn-Raymond's National Blues Rock Convention held at the Wellington Opera House, which was broadcast live on radio.
In October 1971, Ticket played New Zealand's first international outdoor concert at Auckland's Western Springs supporting Elton John in front of 20 000 people.
Ticket recorded and released their first single "Country High"/"Highway Of Love" with "Country High" spending five weeks on the National charts in December 1971, peaking at number 12. The follow-up single was "Dream Chant"/"Awake".
In May 1972, their debut full length album, "Awake" was released.
In June 1972, Ticket crossed the Tasman, to perform a month long residency at Sydney's Whiskey-Go-Go. While in Australia, a single was released there, "Awake"/"Country Radio", on Atlantic Records. Also while in Melbourne, the group recorded their second album, "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie". This was self-produced and recorded at Channel Nine's 16-track studio. The album was released in late 1972.