HUNDREDS of people queued at the Shoreham Centre this morning to get their hands on tickets for the Wild Life festival.
A crowd of all ages snaked around the side of the centre as they patiently waited to be admitted, two at a time.
Technical issues early on were slowing the system and people at the back of the queue in North Street were told their wait was likely to be two hours, but most stayed.
One of the first to book was Howard Moore from Shoreham. He said he was buying tickets for both days because it was such a rare event for the town and he lived within walking distance.
He had been queuing from 8am but was by no means the first to arrive at the Pond Road centre.
Mr Moore said he was really looking forward to the festival but the ticket system had been frustrating, with two people allowed in at a time and taking ten minutes to deal with.
Deirdre Solomon from Shoreham was queuing to buy a ticket for her daughter, who was in Edinburgh. She said it was chart-topper Sam Smith she was particularly keen to see.
“I knew it would be busy because it is been talked about a lot online,” she said.
Frustrated by the queue, she offered to help sell tickets but was told it was in hand, although there had been some technical issues at first.
Shoreham Centre manager Dave Frost said: “This is very exciting for the Shoreham Centre. We are very busy anyway but it is lovely to see so many extra people here.
“We really didn’t know what to expect, whether it would be a trickle of people or a crowd, and it seems to be the latter.
“We have had some people who live in Shoreham ask where we are so it is good from that point of view, that the centre is now in their consciousness.”