June 29, 2005

Queues through the night for extra Live 8 tickets

LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of people queued through thenight on Wednesday for their last chance to see thestar-studded Live 8 concert in London's Hyde Park.

Additional tickets to watch the event live were beingdistributed from 3 p.m. (1400 GMT) to first-comers in London aswell as six locations across Britain.

Some punters had arrived before noon on Tuesday to ensurethey would get their hands on a pair of the 55,000 freetickets, restricted to two per person.

"It's an amazing line-up and good to show support for whatthey're trying to do," said Gareth Minter, a 21-year-old claimsadjuster, after a 14-hour wait outside The Dominion Theatre incentral London.

Some 150,000 tickets have already been allocated to theLondon concert after a text message competition. The concert isone of 10 being held around the world to pressure globalleaders at their meeting in Scotland next week to do more torelieve poverty.

Despite a cold and rainy night, people in the queueremained upbeat.

"It's the kind of thing your children will ask you about,"Tyler Immerman, a 21-year-old student, told Reuters. "It'sunique because it's about both music and charity."