Fans left disappointed after long wait

A SIXTEEN-Hour vigil for McFly tickets ended in disappointment for one group of hardy fans.Fiona Sheldrake of Haughley, near Stowmarket, queued overnight with her 14-year old daughter and three friends to get tickets for the gig.

A SIXTEEN-Hour vigil for McFly tickets ended in disappointment for one group of hardy fans.

Fiona Sheldrake of Haughley, near Stowmarket, queued overnight with her 14-year old daughter and three friends to get tickets for the gig.

But when the doors of the Regent Theatre opened at 9am on Saturday morning she was told it was not possible to get four front row seats together.

“We were all so disappointed given that we were first in line,” said Mrs Sheldrake.


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“The girls met queuing to see the same band in Ipswich two years ago and had kept in touch since.

“Last time they were on the third row so we went a little earlier hoping to get right at the front.

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The four-piece, famous for hits such as 'All about you' and 'Five colours in her hair', are due at the Ipswich Regent on May 3 as part of their 'Up close…and this time it's personal' tour.

Around 30 fans camped outside the venue on Friday night to get tickets.

“The four girls were devastated their vigil had been in vain,” said Mrs Sheldrake.

“They were given front row but, as each like different members of the band, they had to split up and sit either side of the stage.

“We assumed being the first in the queue we would get the first choice of seats.”

The St Helens Street theatre confirmed a section of front row seats had been reserved for the band.

David Mansfield, theatre manager, said: “When a big group or artist comes to the Ipswich Regent they often hire the theatre and as such the tickets are effectively owned by them.

“For the McFly show that went on sale last weekend, the artists held off six seats in the front row for their own promotional purposes, which left five on either side for sale to the public. This is standard practice.

“As a venue we always try to ensure, whenever possible, that fans who have queued have the greatest possible choice of seats.

“The McFly show completely sold out in a couple of hours and those fans who were lucky enough to secure tickets will undoubtedly be in for a superb show.”

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