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Saturday, 18 August, 2001, 14:05 GMT 15:05 UK
Oasis tickets snapped up
Liam Gallagher on stage at the Paleo Festival, in Nyon, Switzerland, July 26, 2000
The band have been playing live for 10 years
Fans have snapped up tickets for a series of concerts to mark the 10th anniversary of rock band Oasis.

The 12,000 tickets, which went on sale at 1000BST on Saturday, had sold out an hour later.

Tickets allocated for online sale went in just four minutes, said a spokeswoman for the band.

The gigs
7, 8 Oct: London Shepherd's Bush Empire
10, 11 Oct: Manchester Apollo
13, 14 Oct: Glasgow Barrowlands
Some fans had queued since Thursday night at various venues for tickets to the six "intimate" events in London, Manchester and Glasgow.

At London's Shepherd's Bush Empire fans started queuing on Friday afternoon and by 0300BST on Saturday security staff were turning people away.

In Glasgow, fans arriving early were allowed to sleep at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre and staff issued numbered wrist bands so they could be called to re-join the queue at their original place.

Outside the Manchester Apollo fans started arriving on Thursday afternoon, and by Friday night the queue was half a mile long.

Tickets cost 23.50 and were limited to two per person.

Rifts and splits

The 18 August marks 10 years to the day that the band played their first ever gig at Manchester's Boardwalk.

Portrait of the band in 1999
The oft-changing Oasis line-up, as it was in 1999
The three cities have been chosen because of their "special memories" for the band.

Oasis have played 465 shows around the world with various line-ups.

Many fans of the band will be relieved that Oasis can celebrate a 10th anniversary at all.

The band is famous for rifts and friction, especially between brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher.

The two fought throughout their North American tour last year, before Noel dropped out during the European leg.

The band are currently working on a fifth studio album, due for release next year.

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