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TICKETS for T in the Park sold out in less than an hour yesterday after a mad scramble frommusic fans.
Thousands braved freezing conditions to queue overnight in a bid to get briefs for Scotland's biggest music festival.
And the police had to be called to clear a mob of angry and disappointed fans who failed to get their hands on tickets.
Meanwhile, phone lines and internet sites were jammed as tens of thousands tried to buy tickets by credit card.
They went on sale at 9am - limited to two per person - and were all snapped up by 9.56.
Now a feeding frenzy is under way as touts try to sell their stash of tickets.
Within minutes of the sell-out, touts and ticket agencies had marked up the official £115 weekend and camping price by 500 per cent.
Some tickets were selling for £500-plus on eBay - and prices were even higher from agencies.
One fan who lost out, Alison Calder, 22, of Glasgow, said: "Ticketmaster told us that the tickets were sold out at 10am. But we were offered a pair of weekend tickets which should have been £115 for £700 from a London agency. We don't want to pay over the odds."
Fans have been warned to steer clear of touts in case they end up with forgeries.
In all, 170 acts will performacross 10 stages at Balado, Kinross, on July 8 and 9.
Rock legends The Who and US giants Red Hot Chili Peppers are headlining the 13th festival.
They will perform alongside triple Brit winners Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, Primal Scream and The Ordinary Boys.
And with the Glastonbury festival not being staged this year, T in th Park will be THE music event of the summer.
At Glasgow's Tickets Scotland outlet, staff arrived at work to find a massive queue of fans on Argyle Street outside the agency's office.
They snaked round on to Oswald Street, then along nearbyMidland Street.
First in the queue were students Lorna Ronald and Ashley Croll, both 19, who had been waiting since 4.30pm on Thursday.
Lorna said: "We knew the queue would be really big and we just really, really wanted a ticket. It's the first time we've been."
The girls said they were keen to see Franz Ferdinand and the Arctic Monkeys.
Ashley added: "Every person that went by was asking us why we were standing here but I think it will be worth it."
Lauren Brown, 19, from Glasgow, spent most of the night wrapped in a tartan rug along with friend Erin Hogg, also 19.
She said:"We knew tickets would be hard to get so decided to get down here at about 10pm.It was agood night, we just drank a bit and had a laugh."
They were among the lucky ones. There were angry scenes at the Glasgow office when many in the massive queue failed to get tickets.
Some threw small missiles such as coins and cans towards the shop after the shutters went down.
And bitterly disappointed fans shouted abuse at the stewards who tried to clear the area.
One of the security team said: "It's not a pleasant job. I've been threatened all morning. They've told me they'll put me through the windows if they walk away with nothing. But I'm just a messenger."
Eventually, uniformed police arrived at the scene to ensure people moved along.
Even then, dozens continued to protest.
Among the first to be told they would not get a ticket was 25-year-old Katy Whitlaw.
The student, from Stirling, had been in the Glasgow queue from 6am.
She said: "I am gutted. Earlier this morning one of the stewards went around counting us. He said I was about the 1009th person in the queue and that I'd get a ticket.
"So I have queued for hours, am absolutely freezing and still go away with nothing. So many people jumped the queue and nothing was done about it. In that sense, this was badly organised."
In Edinburgh, granny Rae Begbie, 77, waited for hours to get tickets for son Russell, 40.
She said: "I am a good mother. He is working but I didn't mind coming down. I couldn't believe how many people were in the queue."
More than 200 fans suffered sub-zero temperatures in Dundee to snap up tickets from the city's only outlet, Grouchos.
Graeme Sharp, 21, took the day off work to ensure he could get the briefs.
He said: "It was a bit cold, but really worth the wait. There is a fantastic line-up this year."
In Aberdeen, 200 fans pitched up outside the city's Tourist Centre on Union Street from 2am. Many left empty handed.
David Banks, 31, from Aberdeen, queued for two hours hoping to buy a ticket for his girlfriend.
The financial adviser said: "I was looking forward to seeing the Kaiser Chiefs. Hopefully, I'll still manage to get tickets on eBay but I'mnot willing to spend too much."
Last night, Geoff Ellis, CEO of festival organisers Big Day Out Ltd, said: "Once again, music fans have shown that T in the Park tickets are the most hotly sought after in the UK.
"The beautiful Balado location, coupled with the unrivalled passion of the Scottish audience and, of course, the consistently brilliant line-up, all add up to a festival experience that is unrivalled anywhere else in Europe."
But Ellis warned people to avoid ticket touts - in case they landed a forgery.
He said: "The tickets will not be sent out to those lucky enough to buy them until 10 days before the event. They will have their names on them, which must be matched with ID.
"Do not buy these tickets from touts, as they do not physically exist yet and many touts do not even turn up on the day to hand over the tickets.
"We will not allow fans in with forged tickets."