Mumford & Sons fan pays £250 for fake tickets

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MUSIC fan Oliver Bowles has spoken of his frustration at discovering concert tickets he paid hundreds of pounds for were fakes.

The 24-year-old, from Lennox Road, Southsea, planned to spend his birthday at the Mumford and Sons gig at Portsmouth Guildhall tonight and shelled out £250 on two tickets.

But, having heard there were fakes doing the rounds, he took them to the box office to check and was told they were clear forgeries.

The telesales account manager said: ‘I’m really, really upset. They are my favourite band, without a shadow of a doubt.

‘There must be hundreds of people out there in a similar situation to me as the forums are full of people talking about it. I’m totally gutted.

‘When I took my ticket to the Guildhall the staff looked at each other as if to say, “here’s another one”.’

Mumford and Sons are playing to a sell out crowd of 2,200. But many more are believed to have been left out of pocket.

Andy Grays, chief executive of the Portsmouth Cultural Trust, which runs the Guildhall, urged ticket holders to take along proof of purchase and identification to the venue. He added: ‘We have been putting out warnings over the past 48 hours about this. Sadly it does happen’