Tickets for the band's appearance at Meltdown gone within minutes...

Radiohead‘s first scheduled live performance in over two years at the London Royal Festival Hall has sold out within minutes of tickets going on sale to the general public.

At 10.30am this morning (March 13), only half an hour after tickets were available, approximately two hundred personal callers were turned away by Royal Festival Hall security without tickets.

A spokesperson for the Royal Festival Hall told “This is totally unprecedented for us, although not unexpected. All of our 40 phone lines have been jammed all morning and we have one of the biggest box offices in London. There is still a huge amount of traffic on our website, but people are just getting turned away!”

The 2000 capacity gig on July 1 is part of the Meltdown Festival, which takes place at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank between June 16-July 2. This year the festival is being curated by Scott Walker. The rest of the Meltdown line-up is expected to be announced in the first week of April.

Radiohead, who are currently putting the final touches to their new album, plan to perform some more live dates across Europe in the summer.