Ticket quota filled for Norwich Coldplay gig

All 1,200 tickets for Coldplay's intimate Norwich gig have been allocated after fans started to queue nearly 48 hours before they went on sale.

The band announced they will be playing at the University of East Anglia on October 27 earlier this week.

The concert 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.

Tickets will not go on sale until 9am tomorrow (Saturday) but people started to queue up outside the union building at Thursday lunchtime.

People had set up camp outside Union House with camping chairs, air beds and even a leather sofa.

At its peak, the queue of about 900 people snaked around from the union entrance to the drama studio.

All of the tickets have now been allocated and people have been given a raffle ticket corresponding to their place in the queue.

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

He said: 'I tried to get tickets for the O2 but they sold out. My girlfriend is a big Coldplay fan, as am I, and I wanted to get her tickets to see her face when she found out. It's paid off.'

Richard Nelson, 23, who also started to camp outside the union building at 12.30pm yesterday with his girlfriend Jessica Van Tromp, said: 'It's not very often we get to see Coldplay come to Norwich, last time was back in 2000. It's an intimate gig and for a Coldplay fan it's going to be such an experience to see them.'

Officials from the Union of UEA Students handed out the raffle tickets to people in the queue at about 10am this morning when the queue started to get too big.

All of the raffle ticket holders have been told to return to register their details tonight at 11pm and they must return before 9am to guarantee their place in the line.

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