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Splendour Crashes In The Grass

BYRON BAY, Australia (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Australian rock festival “Splendour in the Grass” is undergoing some criticism in the land down under after a hectic internet-only, scalper-proof ticket sale crashed the concert’s website.

Reports from ticketbuyers showed that most transactions took as long as 2-4 hours, with the site going up and down throughout the morning. Camping tickets were sold out by noon, with all others going within 24 hours.

Organizers of the festival decided to dupe scalpers by forcing purchasers to provide a name and date of birth for each ticket sold, slowing the process even further.

Ticketing for 2005’s event caused a significant fan backlash on eBay, with disgruntled fans sending bogus bids of up to $10,000 for scalped tickets.

This year’s festival features Brian Wilson, Sonic Youth, DJ Shadow, Death Cab for Cutie, Scissor Sisters, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers