Fans fume at website crashes and catchment area regulations as Radio 1 Big Weekend tickets sell out

"Loads of Southerners are coming up to Boro whilst people from the local area didn't get tickets. Hardly fair"

Many fans attempting to get tickets for BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Middlesbrough were left raging today (March 14), with a number complaining about the festival’s attempts to offer priority to those with a local postcode to the event.

Tickets were allocated into three pots as they went on sale this afternoon. Pot one was reserved for residents of Middlesbrough, pot two was for those living in the surrounding Tees Valley area, while pot three was for the rest of the UK.

However, many fans complained on Twitter that, despite having a local postcode, they were unable to access the tickets which were reserved for them.

“Shocking that someone who lives in Middlesbrough didn’t count for pot 1 or 2. Very disappointing,” said one fan. “I live a 10 minute drive from Stewart Park and I can’t manage to get 2 tickets?! Absolute joke man” tweeted another.

Others, meanwhile, experienced site crashes when in the queue for tickets. “Oh here we go!! Big Weekend disconnecting and then saying ooops something happened to your connection. Happened to me, my laptop, mams iPad. Boyfriends phone. Soo annoying,” said one fan.

It was confirmed last month that Middlesbrough will play host to the event this year, with an impressive bill led by Miley Cyrus, The 1975 and Mumford & Sons.

Last week,  Greg James confirmed that fans can also expect performances from the likes of Stormzy, Billie Eilish, Vampire Weekend, Bring Me The Horizon, Pale Waves and Sigrid.