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Belsonic trumps Britney Spears

By Patrice Dougan and Ursula McKinley

Music fans have snapped up some of the hottest tickets in Northern Ireland’s gig calendar.

Big queue for outdoor festival tickets but Spears’ sales sluggish

Amy-Leigh Trimble, Loren Saunders and Ashley Ramage get their tickets for Tinie Tempah in Belfast as tickets went on sale for various artists coming to Belfast, including Britney Spears (left)Pacemaker





Scores of fans queued from early yesterday morning in Belfast to get their hands on tickets for the Belsonic music festival.

Tickets went on sale at 9am and a queue of eager music fans wound its way around one corner of Eason’s store in Belfast’s Donegall Place to get them.

Tickets also went on sale for Britney Spears’ upcoming Odyssey date.

But it wasn’t a repeat of the scenes witnessed in 2004 when Britney fans queued for 14 hours to ensure they got tickets: the Belfast Telegraph could only find one person waiting patiently to buy tickets to see the popstar.

It’s a far cry from the days she was crowned a pop princess, after her very public meltdown and messy divorce, as well as the sexual harassment charges put by her former bodyguard.

But Britney is now trying to reclaim her throne with her Femme Fatale album and world tour, and is reported to be secretly engaged to her former manager Jason Trawick. But Clare McComish (19) from west Belfast, stayed loyal to the star yesterday as she queued for her ticket.

“This will be my first time seeing her. I can’t wait because she puts on a brilliant show,” she said.

She had heard pre-release tickets had sold out so had come down early to make sure she got her hands on a ticket.

“It was really hard to get tickets for Lady Gaga, so I wanted to be here early to get Britney tickets,” she added.

There were still tickets available for Britney last night but organisers believe she will eventually sell out.

Ashley Ramage, a 16-year-old from Ballysillan in north Belfast, was one of the first to bag a ticket for Tinie Tempah’s performance at Belsonic.

She was celebrating with friends Amy-Leigh Trimble from Glengormley and Loren Saunders from Dunmurry, both 16.

Ashley said they had been queuing from 8am to get tickets for the open-air gig. “I have never seen Tinie Tempah before so I’m really excited,” she said.

James McCusker (19) from north Belfast said he had rushed down to the city centre shop to try to snap up tickets for Tiesto at Belsonic after he found out they were going on sale.

“It was the quickest I could get into town,” he said. “I needed to get tickets as soon as I could.”

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