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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 July 2007, 11:56 GMT 12:56 UK
Festival tickets like 'gold dust'
Nicola McGann
BBC Scotland news website
Tayside and Central reporter

T in the Park website
Trying to get tickets through the website proved unsuccessful
Gold dust. That was the word that came to mind as I tried in vain to get my hands on one of the 40,000 early release tickets for T in the Park 2008.

Less than 48 hours after this year's event at Balado ended, the limited number of "early bird" tickets for next year's event went on sale at 0900 BST on Tuesday.

The combined Saturday and Sunday tickets and weekend camping tickets were being offered at the same price as this year's event.

It was an opportunity too good to miss - that same thought was shared by thousands of other like-minded music fans.

Double-pronged attempt

My plan was to try to buy tickets online and as the clock ticked down to 0900 BST, I was straight on to the official T in the Park site.

Unfortunately the volume of traffic on the site within seconds of the tickets going on sale meant I could not access the "buy now" option despite several attempts.

Frustrated but not beaten, I had also logged on to the official Ticketmaster site in a double-pronged attempt at being successful.

However, as the minutes ticked by it was not looking good. After half an hour I was told my attempt had been unsuccessful and to try again.

Another frantic press of computer keys and another half hour wait endured before I was again told I had been unsuccessful.

By this point I realised my efforts had probably been in vain and I was not one of the lucky ones who had managed to snap up a golden ticket.

Parking closed

A spokesperson for T in the Park said the tickets had sold out in just over an hour.

This year's event drew criticism from fans who were turned away on the first day because of water-logged car parks.

The car parks were closed on Friday evening leading to thousands of people being turned away after queuing for hours.

Despite this, the record sell-out of tickets on Tuesday is a testament to the popularity of Scotland's biggest music festival.

More tickets are expected to go on sale for T in the Park 2008 early next year.

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