Leeds Festival 2011 ticket scam alert

Music lovers are being warned that attempts to beat the rush for tickets for this year's Leeds Festival could seriously damage their WEALTH.

The main batch of tickets for the hugely-popular annual summer rock extravaganza at Bramham Park near Wetherby is not due to go on sale until the spring.

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But a number of professional-looking websites already claim to have tickets for the 2011 festival available for purchase.

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Weekend camping tickets are also being advertised on auction site eBay for as much as 239.95.

Prices for the 2011 bash have yet to be announced but last summer's weekend passes cost 180 each.

Event organiser Festival Republic has now placed a message on its website urging fans to think twice before handing over their hard-earned cash.

Posted alongside a link to a long list of online ticket agencies, it says: "No official tickets have been allocated .... to these sites and never will be.

"Please beware of any website that has no direct contact details .... and that doesn't list a company or VAT number."

The message highlights one site with a Slovakian-based internet address that claims to have Leeds tickets for sale.It says: "Think about it.

You will be giving your card details to someone operating overseas with no way of contacting them other than a web form where you have to submit your details."

The 2011 festival will take place as usual at the Bramham Park country estate over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Acts rumoured to be performing include Foo Fighters, Linkin Park and

Red Hot Chili Peppers.

As recently reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Festival Republic is looking to increase its event's normal 69,999 capacity by 20,000 over the next four years.

The firm put a limited number of tickets for the 2011 bash on sale in November at 2010 prices.

They were made available through the authorised www.seetickets.com website in an offer that was scheduled to close yesterday.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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