EXCITEMENT ran at fever pitch for JLS and Olly Murs fans when their singing heroes announced a number of stadium dates ten years ago to the very day.

JLS - the UK’s biggest boy band at the time - included Matterley Bowl near Winchester in their tour.

But the smiles turned to tears when the big day rolled around on June 17, 2011 and many ticket holders couldn't get to the gig due to traffic tailbacks.

The Brit-award winning chart-toppers were set to take to the stage in front of thousands at 8.30pm but hundreds of fans were still stuck in traffic jams.

Those who did see the concert were caught up in more jams of more than two hours as the cars tried to clear the site.

On their official Twitter account, JLS said: ''To everyone who had trouble getting out of the Winchester gig we want to thank you again for supporting through the rain.we love you..Marv x.''

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Appalling weather, road accidents on the motorway, extra traffic from the early finish of Test Match cricket at the Rose Bowl and the fact ticketholders all tried to get into the venue in a short period of time, which organisers had not experienced at other similar events, all led to the saga, a review found.

It was carried out by concert organisers Coz We Can Ltd, landowner Peveril Bruce, emergency services, Hampshire County Council roads chiefs and officers from Winchester City Council’s safety advisory group.

JLS were soon pushing for refunds for concertgoers who missed their troubled Hampshire concert blighted by traffic chaos.

Representatives for the chart-topping quartet vowed to keep up the pressure on organisers of the concert to make sure that fans who missed out got a fair deal.

After recieving a deluge of complaints from ticket holders, Coz We Can Litd offered those who could not get into the venue free tickets to other gigs.

The landowner appointed a national expert who advises on major events to make sure future plans could cope with different conditions.