09:30 16 April 2005
Tickets for Oasis' forthcoming series of intimate shows amazingly sold out in just an hour yesterday (15.04.05).
Fans of Liam and Noel snapped up thousands of tickets for the five concerts, in London and Scotland, in record time with the gigs selling out even quicker than their massive summer shows did earlier this year.
However, thousands of disappointed fans were left fuming after authorised ticket vendors and the band's official website and ticket-hotline failed to cope with the huge demand.
One angry punter said: "It was a complete joke. The number was permanently engaged and the websites repeatedly crashed or failed to load.
"I can appreciate numbers were limited but even so I think a better system could have been put in place. I've been a life-long Oasis fan but this has left a bitter taste in the mouth."
Within just minutes of the venues - which included the London Astoria, Hammersmith Apollo and Edinburgh's Usher Hall - announcing they had sold out, hundreds of tickets, which had been on sale for £32.50, appeared on a number of websites priced between £150 and £225.
Orders had been limited to just two tickets per person to try and beat the touts but the system failed.
The fan added: "I couldn't believe what I was seeing on the internet, once again the touts have prospered while thousands of real fans have been left disappointed."
The shows in May will be the first time the group will perform new tracks from their long-awaited new album, 'Don't Believe the Truth', live.
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