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Gary Barlow apologises to fans over Delamere Forest ticket issue

Take That heartthrob tweeted his 'GB Army' to say sorry

Gary Barlow will play at Delamere Forest on June 9(Image: Ian West/PA Wire)

Gary Barlow has apologised to fans after high demand caused problems for those hoping to see him live next year.

The Take That singer-songwriter posted a heartfelt message on Twitter to his ‘GB Army’ after hearing about technical issues experienced by fans hoping to buy tickets for his Forest Live shows at Delamere Forest in Cheshire and Thetford Forest in Suffolk which quickly sold out.

"Unprecedented” demand for tickets to see Gary next year was blamed for problems reported on social media.

One frantic fan asked after the tickets went on sale on Friday morning: “@ForestryCommEng is Gary Barlow sold out at Delamere? Got to front of queue and website had an error. 2 hours of waiting!!”

Another added: “Same here, I was 560ish in the queue from 10am, site crashed as I was about to pay for tickets an hour later grrrr.”

Gary, the first artist to be announced as part of Forest Live 2018, the annual summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission, was upset to hear about the problems and tweeted: “Hate reading this - thanks to all for trying xxx”

In a statement the Forestry Commission said on Friday: “Tickets went on sale this morning for Forest Live dates next Summer by Gary Barlow and Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott.

“Unfortunately due to a technical issue with an external ticketing software platform the system stalled.

“Additionally due to an unprecedented demand for tickets phone lines were also down for a while.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Commenting on the forest dates Gary said previously: “I’m really looking forward to these gigs. I’ve never played Forest Live before so I hope to see you there.”

The Back For Good hitmaker kicks off his solo tour in April in Edinburgh. It comes to the Manchester Apollo on May 3, 4 and 5 and includes the homecoming gig at Delamere on June 9.

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