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Coldplay sell out Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium in under an hour

By Melanie Hughes

Coldplay’s Manchester stadium date sold out in a staggering 53 minutes today.

The astonishing clammer for tickets is nothing new, with tickets for the band’s arena tour snapped up in minutes earlier this year.

All 60,000 tickets for the first of the new dates (June 9) at the Etihad Stadium, the Manchester City ground, sold out in less than an hour, before an extra one was added due to popular demand.

The shows, scheduled across the country next summer, sold out in around 90 minutes.

There was some slight confusion among fans trying to buy tickets though as the Ticketmaster site said they were sold out after 10  minutes.

However, to the delight of Nikki Rice she managed to get tickets half an hour later!

She said: “I saw Coldplay last night at the MEN Children in Need gig, they were fab!”

It’s likely that the ticket confusion was due to the O2  presale and people loading up their baskets only to have the server time out and lose their places.

This is probably a similar fate that many faced when  challenged with purchasing Stone Roses tickets last month.

Websites crashed as thousands of fans scooped up all  150,000 tickets in 14 minutes for the Heaton Park shows.

The  O2 presale favoured many lucky customers who have recently been criticising the  company for their lack of signal.

Freddie Johnson was particularly fortunate in one case. He said: “I got them through a friend who had O2 priority tickets who now can’t  go. So very lucky!”

Coldplay are often compared to the likes of U2 and Pink Floyd – often hailed as the greatest  live acts ever – so fans are expecting great things from the seasoned  rockers.

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