MORE than 100 gig-goers have been turned away from a concert in the Portsmouth Guildhall because they have been sold fake tickets.
Around 60 people are still queuing outside the venue to watch band Mumford and Sons perform this evening.
The band is due to go on stage at 9.15pm.
But as previously reported, Guildhall management became aware that forged tickets are in circulation.
Tonight each ticket is being inspected before people are allowed admission.
Matthew Cotterill, 36, had travelled down from London to attend the concert, before finding out his ticket was a fake.
He said: ‘I’m so angry because I have come all the way from London to see them tonight.
‘I bought the ticket for £80 from eBay from a reputable seller and bought it in good faith.
‘I can’t believe this has happened.’
And music fan Barry Warren, 49, of Bognor Regis, was also sold fake tickets.
He said: ‘I bought my tickets about six weeks ago from eBay. I got two for £80 each.
‘The woman I bought them from had really positive feedback, so I thought it would be fine.
‘I heard there were fake tickets going around, but I didn’t realise it was this many.
‘When I got to the front of the desk I was refused. I’ve been to the Guildhall about 50 times and these tickets looked so real.
‘I just can’t believe it.’
‘Those with fake tickets have been given a letter from Guildhall management.
It says: ‘Dear customers, we deeply regret the fact that you have been an unfortunate victim of fraudulent ticket practices.
‘We strongly advise in the future to buy tickets from the venue or from legitimate online ticket agents to avoid buying counterfeit tickets.’
Fake tickets are being stamped with ‘cancelled’ so that fans can see if they can get reimbursement.