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Springsteen tickets sell out fast
Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen last played Belfast in November 2006
Tickets for Bruce Springsteen's concert in Belfast were on sale on eBay less than half an hour after it sold out.

Thousands of fans were left disappointed after it took just eight minutes for more than 10,000 tickets costing 49 and 60 to be snapped up.

One eBay vendor was asking 999 for four seated tickets, and many of the sellers specialise in sold-out events.

The 15 December Odyssey Arena concert is one of 31 dates on a tour which takes in Europe and North America.

With more than 20 tickets per second sold, Springsteen broke the record set by Oasis in 2005 for selling out the Odyssey.

Many people opt to buy online and like phone lines, the web can only cater for a limited number of users at one time
Odyssey statement
David Spence from Portadown was one of many fans left disappointed after trying to book through his broadband connection.

"I've been to see Springsteen eight times - I've seen him in Paris, Manchester, Dublin and the Odyssey last year - and this is the first time I've had any problem getting a ticket," he said.

"Hopefully I'll be able to get tickets as I know some people who might be able to get corporate seats."

A spokeswoman for the Odyssey said that with it being one of only two UK and Ireland shows, it was always going to sell out quickly.

"Many people opt to buy online and like phone lines, the web can only cater for a limited number of users at one time.

"The high demand for tickets this morning meant that from 9am when the event went on sale, as well as queues at the Arena box office, Ticketmaster outlets, on phone lines, there were several thousand internet users in a queue online."

Springsteen last played to a packed Belfast audience in November 2006, on the closing night of his Seeger Sessions tour.

His third appearance in the city will be in support of the forthcoming album Magic, which will be released in October.

The tour sees him reunited with the E Street Band for the first time in four years.

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