Belfast Telegraph

Red Hot Chili Peppers fans brave cold for tickets to red hot MTV gig

With flasks in hand and winter coats at the ready, fans began queuing yesterday morning for the chance to see one of the world’s biggest rock bands.

A crowd had already gathered yesterday afternoon outside the Ulster Hall, with fans eagerly awaiting the moment this morning when the doors opened — making them one of the lucky 1,000 to get tickets for the upcoming Red Hot Chili Peppers MTV gig on November 6.

Kitted out with rucksacks bulging with all manner of food and drink, many chose to bring a comfortable chair and warm clothing to make the chilly night ahead more tolerable.

First to arrive was 15-year-old schoolboy Lee Shaw, arriving on a rather frosty Friday morning at 8am.

“I’ve been listening to them all my life — my sister got me into them when I was younger,” he said.

“Never seen them live — I’m going to see them with my sister, it’ll be a very early Christmas present.

“The plan was if we came up here and the line was halfway down the street, we would just say no. When we realised the line started here I thought, happy days, I’m first.”

Family members were taking turns staying with the teenager while he patiently awaited the moment the doors to the Ulster Hall opened at 9am sharp. A fan for over 23 years, Belfast-born Martin McNally remembers enjoying a gig by the group at the same venue almost two decades ago.

“I saw them the last time they played here, back in 1992. It’s going to be fantastic.”

Mike Hooley and Chris Dawson, from four-piece Belfast band Moscow Times, have been heavily-influenced by the group over the years.

“We’re big fans. The two of us are in a band together so we can get down here and get tickets for all of us,” said Chris.

The one-off gig is part of Belfast’s MTV Europe Music Awards celebrations which are taking place in the city’s Odyssey Arena next month.

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