Eurovision fans have taken to social media to vent their frustration after tickets for the grand final sold out in little more than half an hour and the website page appeared to crash.

Tickets to the international music event, which will be held in Liverpool in May, went on sale at midday today via Ticketmaster, for nine shows leading up to the final.

However, fans faced a number of issues — including the webpage appearing to crash shortly before tickets were due to become available, and others finding the site struggling to load properly once the sale had started.

Some were met with a “500 – Internal Server Error” message while others reported receiving a message saying their session had expired “due to inactivity” while they were waiting in the queue.

A number of people mentioned how the experience was reminiscent of other major events where tickets were sold through Ticketmaster, including Beyoncé’s London shows and Taylor Swift’s US tour.

Eurovision will take place at the 11,000-capacity Liverpool Arena later this year, culminating in the grand final on May 13.

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The event is being held in the city after the UK was chosen to host the competition on behalf of war-torn 2022 winner Ukraine.

Tickets for the semi-final shows are priced from £30 to £290, with the cost increasing to between £80 and £380 for the grand final shows.

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