Gallery and Video: Slow start for V Festival tickets

Tickets for this year's V Festival went on sale today.

What a difference a year makes.

Less than 30 people braved the cold and rain to get hold of tickets for this year's V Festival - with some blaming a poor line-up for the low turn out.

It is a stark contrast to last year's scenes which saw a queue of more than 100 people snaking back from the Midland Box Office through Queen Square.

Despite this year's low turn out those who went along were as dedicated as ever with some arriving at the Civic Hall at 8.30pm last night to ensure they got their hands on tickets for the event at Weston Park which this year features headliners Justin Timberlake and The Killers.

Tickets went on sale at 9am, but the expected rush never materialised, leaving some ticket hunters complaining they should have stayed in bed.

Among the small band who arrived yesterday was 19-year-old Jack Williams from Penn, Wolverhampton.

He said: "We got here at 8.30 last night expecting it to be really busy but it's been dead.

"I came last year and there was more than 100 people, but the line-up is not as good this time."

He was joined at the head of the queue by Lisa Allen, aged 17, from Willenhall, and 16-year-old Jess Williams, a Highfields Sixth Form student from Finchfield.

Ms Allen, a student at Walsall College, said: "I feel terrible.

"We could have had a good night's sleep but instead we have stood around all night wasting our time.

"I'm looking forward to seeing Justin Timberlake but we could have just turned up this morning and still been near the front of the queue."

Adam Ellis, aged 16, from Castlecroft, said he arrived around 9pm last night and was surprised by the small turnout.

"I thought there would be a lot more here, but it's probably easier for most people to buy tickets over the Internet," he said.

Codsall High Sixth Form students Sophie Woodward, Louis Cooper-Page and Kaine Meredith, who are all aged 17, arrived at around 2am armed with fold-away chairs and a large flask of tea.

"We just been sitting around really wondering why we bothered," said Ms Woodward.

Some of the assembled throng turned up to get day tickets for the event, which are not available to buy online.

One late arrival who was pleased to see the meagre queue was 34-year-old Emma Ray-Davies who came with her son, Noah, aged four.

The Perton mother-of-two said: "I thought I was hedging my bets coming here at 9am but it's a lot quieter than I thought it would be.

Last year's show featured Beyonce, Kings of Leon, Jessie J, Stereophonics and Emeli Sande.

Weekend tickets for the festival including camping cost £189, with day tickets available for £89.

Justin Timberlake and The Killers are headlining this year's festival which takes place on August 16 and 17.

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