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Tickets for V: all gone…

There was feverish buying of tickets for Britain’s V Festival Friday, with tickets being offered on eBay for up to £615 ($1,075) a pair — nearly three times their face value — within hours of them going on sale. All tickets were sold out after just three hours, the organizers said. Radiohead headlines to the festival in August on two dates.

CNN reported that more than 65,000 music fans are set to flock to Weston Park in Staffordshire, central England, and Hylands Park in Chelmsford, eastern England, on August 19 and 20.

Tickets went on sale Friday at 9 a.m. with a top price of £120 ($210) for a weekend pass including camping. Single day passes cost £58.50 ($102).

In London’s West End, by the time the tickets went on sale at an outlet in Argyll Street a queue stretched hundred of yards round the block into nearby Oxford Street.

Two hours later there were 539 sets of tickets on offer on eBay, with a top asking price of £550 ($965) for two. Later in the day the figure rose to 1,434 sets with a top price of £615 ($1,075) a pair.

In fact the actual tickets are not being sent out until 10 days before the event — those buying them Friday receiving vouchers.

V Festival director Bob Angus said the frenzied response was no surprise.

“As delighted as we are that the festival has sold out, we are not shocked that it has happened so quickly — it really is testament to the line-up we’ve managed to secure this year,” he told the UK’s Press Association.

“We already have some outstanding acts signed up and we’re continuing to search for the finest artists around to give music fans yet another great V weekend.” [thanks Brady]

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