Emily Vanderpal bought Big Day Out tickets online at midnight.
Emily Vanderpal bought Big Day Out tickets online at midnight. Kieran Campbell

Card sharp's ticket in hand

CREDIT card at the ready, Emily Vanderpal settled in with a cuppa for a long night.

But it wasn't a late assignment the Rockhampton uni student was working at - Emily wasn't going to miss out on a ticket to Big Day Out 2010.

All 50,000 tickets to the Gold Coast date for the 2010 music festival sold out in minutes yesterday.

Emily, 21, was one of the lucky few who bought her $145 ticket in the first wave released at midnight on Wednesday.

The rest sold out in near-record time at 9am.

Next year will be Emily's first Big Day Out experience and she said she wasn't going to risk missing out on tickets.

“I've never stayed up late to buy tickets before.

“I wanted to go to Kings of Leon earlier this year, but the tickets sold too quickly. I didn't want to risk that again!”

Yesterday The Morning Bulletin website asked readers who got tickets to the festival.

From more than 100 respondents, more than 50% said they had missed out.

Emily, who bought tickets for herself and two friends, said her secret was to have high-speed internet and to keep refreshing the website until she got lucky.

The band line up for BDO 2010 includes international acts like Lily Allen, Powderfinger, Muse, Groove Armada and Eskimo Joe.

Festival heads who missed out on tickets yesterday still have a chance to pick up one of the 5000 reserved by organisers.

It was announced yesterday that an online ballot would be set up for the last tickets to be given away over the next few weeks.

Tickets for the Sydney BDO festival sold out in record time earlier in the week, prompting a second show for the New South Wales capital.

The Gold Coast Parklands festival will be held on January 17.



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