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Someone like queue... Adele fans left out in the cold as Belfast tickets sell out

By Cate McCurry

Published 05/12/2015

Singer Adele
Singer Adele
Romantic: Rory O’Boyle
Disappointed: Karen Cole
Alice Tate from Belfast and Lauren Turtle from Lisburn jump for joy after bagging tickets for the sold-out show

Fans of Adele who queued for hours outside in the cold to claim coveted concert tickets have vented their anger after they were told the event had sold out.

Despite being near the top of the queue at Ticketmaster outlets, fans of the Someone Like You singer were left frustrated when the tickets were all snapped up within 20 minutes.

Some have criticised Ticketmaster after claiming outlets they turned up at were not allocated tickets.

Adele is renowned for tear-jerker tunes, and many fans were left heartbroken after being unable to buy a ticket for her performances on February 29 and March 1 at the SSE Arena in Belfast.

Tickets sold out across the UK in minutes leaving thousands disappointed as they searched online, only to be told more than 40,000 people were ahead of them.

William Geddis was tenth in the queue at the Lisburn Ticketmaster outlet after braving the cold for some two hours.

However, the Lisburn man, who wanted tickets as a surprise for his wife, was told they were gone.

He branded the system a "shambles" and a "waste of time".

"I got to the front and told the girl I needed two, but when she checked the system they were sold out," he said.

"I always thought these places were allocated a certain number of tickets.

"There was about nine people before me. I asked them do they not have an allocation system and she said no.

"I may as well have sat in the house. I'm not happy and it's very unfair."

Meanwhile, just minutes after the show sold out tickets were being posted on the black market, with some sellers asking for five times the price. Some were demanding more than £700.

There was further frustration at the Ticketmaster outlet at the SSE Arena, where the last of the fans queuing were asked to pay £100 for a restricted view ticket.

Lesley Johnston from Ballyclare wanted two, but said she was put off by the price.

"When we were waiting in line we were told that there were only restricted viewing left," she said. "They were £100 each and they were standing. You expect the tickets which have restricted viewing to be a bit cheaper. I'm not going to pay that sort of money, it's a joke."

Karen Cole from Dundonald hoped to get a ticket for her disabled son.

"The restricted tickets are a problem for me because my son has autism and he loves his music," she added.

"He needs a carer with him at all times. If the only ticket I can get is restricted I will have to turn away because I can't pay £100 a ticket. I usually get a free ticket because I'm a carer but I doubt I will get one now.

"I was so disappointed to hear the tickets had sold out because they are a Christmas present."

Ivan Parkinson from Belfast, whose daughter is in a wheelchair, has been put on a waiting list. The tickets are a surprise for his daughter after she failed to get any online.

He said: "I would not be keen to pay that kind of money, I think it's really expensive, but I may have to."

Romantic husband Rory O'Boyle from Derry bought tickets for his wife as a Christmas gift.

He said: "I was up in Belfast on a business trip and I thought I would take the chance. I paid for the tickets but I don't think it's a fair decision to charge £100 for restricted seats, which is the same for better seats."

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