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Adele: Fans' emotional rollercoaster as they battle to get advance Belfast concert tickets

Aiken warn against buying tickets from unofficial outlets ahead of Friday general sale

By Claire Williamson

Published 02/12/2015

Adele album hit the one million sales mark within 10 days of its release
Adele album hit the one million sales mark within 10 days of its release
Adele is going on tour next year after her third album was released
Adele has announced European tour dates in 2016 (BBC/PA)
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Adele is known for her tear-jerking music but it seems trying to get a ticket for her show has sent fans on an emotional rollercoaster of its own.

It was already tipped to be a sell-out show but super-fans of the Someone Like You singer were sent into meltdown as they tried to get their hands on advance sale tickets for her tour, which kicks off in Belfast in February 2016.

Adele announced her tour last week - her first in five years.

Advance tickets were available from the singer's website but the hashtag #Adeletickets was soon trending on Twitter with some queuing for up to four hours online being left empty-handed.

Angry Belfast fans hoping to see the star at the SSE Arena Belfast took to Twitter to vent their frustration as their hopes of securing a ticket to see their idol ahead of the general sale appeared to be dashed.

One said: "After two hours I got through to get tickets for Adele in Belfast, then they were sold out."

Another said: "Is anyone in Belfast actually getting the Adele presale tickets? Been in the queu (sic) an hour and still no change and says still available."

While another disgruntled fan said: "Not happy at all tried the past two days to go see Adele in Belfast but both days the sites crashed and took hours."

Adele has experienced a record-breaking return to the music world as her first single Hello along with her album 25 has sky-rocketed to the top of the charts around the world.

SSE Airtricity Customers were also given access to pre-sale tickets for the Adele concert on Wednesday morning and they too had sold out within two hours.

The demand caused the website to experience difficulty due to the high volume of traffic.

Those who got their hands on the coveted tickets were quick to voice their joy.

One said: "Christmas has come early this year! Adele tickets got for Belfast next year. I may die with excitement before this!"

Tickets will go on general sale on Friday, December 4 at all usual Ticketmaster outlets, the venue box office and Adele.com.

Aiken promotions are warning fans not to buy from unofficial outlets.

Ahead of tickets being released it is warning fans to only buy from the outlets listed:

1. All usual Ticketmaster outlets

2. The SSE Arena Box Office 9073 9074

3. 24hr Credit Card Bookings 0844 277 4455

Book on line www.ticketmaster.ie

Music and sports fans have lost almost £1.3 million to ticket fraud in the last six months, according to new police figures.

Nearly 3,000 cases were reported between May and October, with the Rugby World Cup, Fleetwood Mac, One Direction, AC/DC, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift highlighted as particular targets.

This marks Adele's first tour since 2011, which ended prematurely because of the discovery of a haemorrhage on her vocal cord requiring surgery.

If her current record sales are anything to go by, tickets are expected to sell out within minutes, as the Oscar-winning singer's third album sold 737,000 copies in the UK within its first week of release.

It has also sold almost three million copies in the US.

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