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Jackson's 50 shows sell out

Fans on a 'cold night' queuing for tickets

Michael Jackson's 50 show residency at London's O2 arena has completely sold out.

Tickets went on sale to fans at the venue on Friday morning, as well as through the internet.

During the week, registered fans had already snapped up hundreds of thousands of tickets in a pre-sale. More than a million people will now see the 50-year-old perform.

The star had originally announced only 10 dates but this number quickly increased due to massive demand.

His run will stretch into February 2010, with the singer taking a break between October and the New Year.

Camping out

Many fans queued up overnight outside the O2 in the hope of guaranteeing tickets when the box office opened at 7am on Friday.

The wait at the Greenwich venue paid off for some fans, like Ayesha, who was first in the queue.

"Front row centre, baby! I'm front row, definitely worth it. It's the opening night as well, which was what I was hoping for. I'm very happy, it paid off."

"[We've been] camping out here for 24 hours, in the cold, but [it's] still so worth it, 'cause now we have the tickets that we wanted," said American fan Abby.

Some fans have come from abroad in an attempt to get tickets.

"I've been out here since Wednesday morning at five o'clock," said Mikey. "I came from Ireland.

"Yeah, I'm very privileged to be one of them [in the queue] but I stuck it out - I deserve to be in the top 50 after this cold. There was no comfort in it, didn't get a wink of sleep in the last two days."

Others are used to queuing up to see their heroes.

"It was tough, very very tough but it's gonna be brilliant when we get the tickets we want," said fan Sonia.

"I'm used to it, I camp out for Cliff [Richard] - I've done three and a half weeks camping out for him so this is a doddle, a couple of nights. I can't wait."

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