The annual rush for tickets for the popular Big Day Out Festival hit the streets of central Brisbane this morning.

Music lovers who missed out online, camped overnight in Queen Street Mall.

Isobel Roe reports.

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After online tickets sold out in minutes, punters queued into the early hours for tickets to the Gold Coast’s seventeenth Big Day Out.

The crowd so big that tickets went on sale an hour and half earlier than expected.

Tom Patton, The Rocking Horse: “Normally there’s obviously loads of other shoppers around, other businesses that are kind of being interrupted, so we decided to crack it early and we managed to get rid of the queue pretty quick.”

Time-Off magazine’s Dan Condon says people often don’t realise physical tickets are readily available.

Dan Condon, Time Off Acting Editor: “There’s a certain fear of having to stand in a long line – physically having to stand in a long line – and people are happier to sit at their computer and keep refreshing or whatever it is.”

With headliners such as German band Rammstein, this year’s festival will have a more alternative flavour. But devoted fans just keep coming back for more.

Vox 1: “This year I think is going to be really, really good.”

Vox 2: “This year is awesome and it’s my birthday, so you know.”

The festival will be staged at Gold Coast Parklands on January 23.

Isobel Roe, QUT News.