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Oasis Warn Fans Of Fake Tickets
10 October 2001 | 15:53:12 GMT/UTC

Oasis have warned fans of counterfeit tickets that they discovered at the band's recent shows in London.Oasis have warned fans of counterfeit tickets that they discovered at the band's recent Sheperd's Bush Empire shows in London.

Oasis, their management and the promoters of their Ten Years of Noise and Confusion tour have released a statement.

"If you have purchased a ticket for one of the forthcoming Oasis concerts other than through the dedicated Oasis ticketline, the Oasisinet.com website or one of the three official venue box offices on the morning of the 18th August when tickets went on sale then it is highly likely that your ticket is a forgery."

The statement urges fans to check their tickets: "If it does not bear a watermark and an Oasis hologram with a 3D effect then your ticket is a forgery and you should immediately refer to your point of purchase."

The statement urges fans who are unsure to have their tickets chekced "in person" before going to the show.

"If you do not possess a valid ticket please do not attempt to go to the venues. All people found in possession of counterfeit tickets will be refused entry to the venues with no exceptions."

In capitals the statement says: "ABOVE ALL DO NOT PURCHASE TICKETS FROM TOUTS, these tickets are highly likely to be counterfeit."

A spokesperson for the band said, "Some of these counterfeit tickets are of an extremely high quality and to the person on the street appear legitimate unless you know what to look for. The vast majority of forged tickets discovered at the London shows were bought on the night of the show from street touts operating in the streets near the venue."

Oasis still have the following shows to play:

  • 10 October - Manchester Apollo
  • 11 October - Manchester Apollo
  • 13 October - Glasgow Barrowlands
  • 14 October - Glasgow Barrowlands

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