IRISH EYES SMILE FOR STROKES!

The band's hastily arranged gig sells out in less than ten minutes...

Tickets for THE STROKES‘ show in BELFAST on Sunday (November 30) sold out this morning (November 27) in less than ten minutes, with unprecedented demand matched only by that for OASIS in their prime.

Phonelines to ticket agencies were jammed from 9am when the tickets went on sale and hundreds of fans queued for up to four hours, braving sub-zero temperatures, outside Virgin Records’ store in Belfast city centre in order to be sure of their place. Several hundred were left disappointed.

The Strokes play Belfast’s Ulster Hall

on Sunday. It has a capacity of under 2,000, and promoters

Wonderland said they could easily have sold 10,000.

“Such demand is unheard of for a show here. It’s one of the fastest

selling in Northern Ireland’s history,” a spokesperson said. “The band only

wanted a small gig, but we could have sold out the 10,000 plus capacity

Odyssey. There has not been demand for tickets on this scale since OASIS played here.”

The Strokes‘ gig, announced on Tuesday (November 25), was a last minute addition to the upcoming sold-out UK tour.