ROBBIEMANIA

Unstoppable pop phenomenon sells out two enormous Knebworth dates in just seven hours...

ROBBIE WILLIAMS has beaten OASIS‘ record in selling out two dates at Knebworth – selling out in just seven hours, beating the Gallaghers record by two hours.

In order to satisfy demand Robbie has added a third date on 1 August 2003 in addition to dates on the 2 and 3 August at Knebworth in Hertfordshire.

The new date is the latest edition to a 16-date European tour which also sees him taking in Edinburgh and Dublin.

The news is bound to reignite animosity between Robbie and the Gallaghers which has frequently boiled over since Liam dismissed Robbie as a ‘fat dancer’. Oasis sold 250,000 tickets in 1996 to their Knebworth shows – although over two million attempted to buy them.

Robbie Williams is almost certain to go straight to number one later today with his fifth album ‘Escapology’ after recently inking a deal with EMI reported to be worth £80 million.

Tickets for the tour are on sale now, priced £35.

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