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Zara Woodcock

Eurovision fans furious as tickets sell out in minutes after Ticketmaster chaos

Fans of the Eurovision Song Contest were fuming when tickets sold out following the Ticketmaster website crash.

On Tuesday afternoon, the ticket-selling website crashed when fans of the yearly competition rushed to purchase spots for the event.

Tickets went on sale today at midday for nine live shows, with outages reported at Ticketmaster spiking after 11am.

There were tickets for nine shows in total, which include previews for the semi-finals, and the grand final, watched by millions across Europe.

Prices started at ranged between £30 to £380 depending on the seats and whether it was for the semi-finals or finals.

A mere 36 minutes after the release, tickets sold out leaving fans furious.

Tickets quickly sold out and left fans disappointed (Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

They took to social media to complain about the lack of availabilities, with one user saying: "Dream over!! [crying emojis]

Another added: "I cannot begin to tell you how utterly heartbroken I am. The dream is over," along with a picture of Ticketmaster's 'sold out' update.

"sold out even tho ur not letting folk in ???," one user posted.

"Got into the queue 3 times for a cumulative 10 seconds in half an hour, now its sold out," one said. " @TicketmasterUK need to sort their s**t out. They have no incentive to, but maybe corporate pride should count for something?"

Sam Ryder came second in last year's competition (Andrea Ripamonti/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock)

Last year, Kalush Orchestra won the competition but due to the conflict in Ukraine, Eurovision can't be held there.

The UK, which came second with Sam Ryder's entry, stepped up, with Liverpool chosen among rival cities.

Last month, it was announced that Graham Norton and Alesha Dixon will host the evening.

Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham will also host alongside Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina.

Ticketmaster isn't the only struggle fans have to deal with when planning their Eurovision holidays.

Ticketmaster recently crashed as fans rushed to get tickets (BBC/Eurovision/PA Wire)

They even found themselves swept up in rail chaos thanks to engineering works scheduled to take place over the big weekend.

Network Rail previously announced works on the line that connects London and Liverpool will take place between May 13 and 14 this year - the weekend Eurovision is taking place.

"Literally knew this would happen," wrote one disgruntled fan, while another branded the situation "ridiculous".

However others pointed out that the impacted routes will mainly be from London, so there are alternatives for those who land tickets to the show.

"It's really only affecting London according to that info. Most north of London eg MK will be fine. Alternatively routes can be Marylebone to Birmingham and on to Liverpool or King Cross to Sheffield and across," one user wrote.

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