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Fans refused entry to Mumford & Sons gig at Portsmouth Guildhall
9:03pm Thursday 22nd November 2012 in News
HUNDREDS of concertgoers were turned away from a Hampshire venue last night after falling victim to an apparent fake ticket scam.
Some of those refused entry to the Mumford & Sons concert had reportedly paid up to £280 for their tickets.
More than 200 people were told they cannot enter Portsmouth Guildhall for the gig.
It is believed most of the fake tickets had been purchased through online agents.
Police have been informed and are reportedly investigating the apparent scam.
Concertgoers reported a “commotion” outside the venue as long queues formed while staff checked tickets, stamping “cancelled” on any found not to be genuine.
Those with invalid tickets were also handed letters explaining the situation to them, and warning that one in ten people fall victim to ticket fraud.
The folk band, led by frontman Marcus Mumford, were at the Hampshire venue as part of their ongoing UK tour.
They shot to fame in September 2009 after releasing debut single, Little Lion Man.
Their debut album, Sigh No More, which was released in October 2009, reached number two in the UK album chart.
It went on to win a Brit Award in 2011 for Best British Album.
The band's second album, released just two months ago, flew into the UK charts at number one, while also bagging top spot in the US.