Coldplay fans in Norwich rewarded for their loyalty

Coldplay fans who patiently waited for hours for tickets to the band's intimate Norwich gig have been rewarded for their efforts.

Hundreds of dedicated fans started to queue for tickets for the concert on October 27 more than 24 hours before they went on sale.

And while most headed home after being allocated a raffle ticket, guaranteeing them their place in the line, scores stayed overnight and enjoyed pizzas supplied by the band.

Tickets then went on sale at 9am this morning.

Phil Deadman, 42, from Thorpe, was the first to queue for the sought-after tickets, claiming his spot at 12.30pm on Thursday.

He said he was 'really pleased' when he got his two tickets.

Mr Deadman, who is self-employed, said: 'It's fantastic, I didn't believe it. When I first drove down there I thought I would be at the end of the queue but I wasn't, I started the queue.

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'I stayed overnight Thursday and Friday, one night in the cold and then the other inside at the union. There were a lot of people there last night and there was a really good atmosphere. I'm now going home for a shower and some sleep.'

The gig, which will be held at the University of East Anglia, is part of the second year of BBC Radio 1's student tour, which will see DJs Fearne Cotton and Zane Lowe broadcasting their weekday shows between Monday October 24 and Thursday, October 27, live from four university towns and cities - Aberdeen, Leicester, Norwich and Hatfield.

About 1,200 tickets were available.

Di Anderson, central support and marketing manager for the Union of UEA Students, said: 'Coldplay contacted us via the promoter and said that the band were so delighted with the loyalty of their fans that they would like to reward them with pizza for waiting so patiently in the cold.'