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Fans fight for Arctic Monkey tickets.

The meteoric rise of Sheffield band the Arctic Monkeys was demonstrated on the streets of Newcastle yesterday when fans fought to get their hands on tickets for their next North-East gig.

Desperate fans camped out at the doors of the Carling Academy from 7am to try to land one of the 210 tickets which went on sale at 6pm.

By 5pm, about 300 people were queuing up Westgate Road, despite a ticket allowance of four per person for the concert on April 15.

The clamour to bag the highly-sought after tickets led to scraps in the street and fights between fans who had lined up for hours and those arriving late who were attempting to jump the queue.

Matt Lowery, 15, had gathered with a group of friends.

He said: "We've been here since 8am and we've seen people trying to push in.

"There was one girl who had been here for ages, and some lads tried to push in front of her, so she called her dad and he came down and threatened them."

Housewife Susan Robinson, 43, of Hazel Road, Blaydon, was with her 19-year-old son, Steven, a milkman.

She said: "We've seen people trying to push in and it caused quite an argument."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 3, 2006
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