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Tickets to Garth Brooks' free show at SXSW sold out

Garth Brooks will play a free concert at SXSW on Saturday, but only Austin-area residents will be allowed admission. (Photo: CBS Austin)

If you're trying to get your hands on tickets to see Garth Brooks Saturday, you're out of luck. Tickets were gone minutes after the official announcement of the concert on Friday. And even though it's a free show, many people went to Craigslist to sell those tickets.

Posts are asking for hundreds of dollars, but if you are thinking about it -- stop right there. In all likelihood, you'll be out the money and you still won't be able to see Garth Brooks on Saturday.

"It's all about a chance to get to play the music and hopefully if there's two people out there, hopefully those two people love the music," Brooks told CBS Austin today. But far more than two people will be there. Auditorium Shores will be at its 20,000-person maximum capacity.

Sellers asking for money for the tickets were universally panned on Craigslist and on the street at SXSW. "It's not fair for the people who were looking forward to it and it was free," said one festival goer from Houston.

"It's upsetting," said Garth Brooks fan Sammie Carpenter. "Because it's not fair to the rest of us who want to get tickets and you can't purchase them."

Amazon Music -- Brooks' streaming partner -- says not so fast. The mobile tickets are nontransferable and photo ID is required at the gate.

"It kind of ruins the authenticity of the SXSW Auditorium Shores free show," said Austinite Shannon Sullivan of the ticket sellers.

Meantime, there is still room for SXSW registrants and music wristband holder, but it is first-come first-serve. Gates at Auditorium Shores open at 11 a.m. and Brooks is expected to be on stage at 8.

Don't forget, Brooks is playing five concerts in Lubbock in the weeks ahead -- and opening and closing next year's Rodeo Houston.

SXSW released the following statement on their website:

All tickets for this event have been claimed. There will be no tickets available onsite and there will be no additional access for members of the public. SXSW Badges, Music Wristbands, and Artist Wristbands will have access based on available capacity in the venue.


Only the following ZIP codes will be allowed admission:

Austin:

78701, 78702, 78703, 78704, 78705, 78708, 78709, 78710, 78711, 78712, 78713, 78714, 78715, 78716, 78717, 78718, 78719, 78720, 78721, 78722, 78723, 78724, 78725, 78726, 78727, 78728, 78729, 78730, 78731, 78732, 78733, 78734, 78735, 78736, 78737, 78738, 78739, 78741, 78742, 78744, 78745, 78746, 78747, 78748, 78749, 78750, 78751, 78752, 78753, 78754, 78755, 78756, 78757, 78758, 78759, 78760, 78761, 78762, 78763, 78764, 78765, 78766, 78767, 78768, 78769, 78772, 78773, 78774, 78778, 78779, 78780, 78781, 78783, 78785, 78786, 78788, 78789, 78798, 78799

Bastrop: 78602

Belton: 76513

Bertram: 78605

Blanco: 78606

Bluffton: 78607

Brenham: 77833

Briggs: 78608

Bruceville: 76630

Bryan: 77803, 77807, 77801, 77802

Buchanan Dam: 78609

Buda: 78610

Burnet: 78611

Burton: 77835

Caldwell: 77836

Canyon Lake: 78133

Carmine: 78932

Cedar Creek: 78612

Cedar Park: 78613, 78630

Cibolo: 78108

College Station: 77845, 77840

Copperas Cove: 76522

Coupland: 78615

Dale: 78616

Del Valle: 78617

Dime Box: 77853

Driftwood: 78619

Dripping Springs: 78620

Eddy: 76524

Elgin: 78621

Fentress: 78622

Florence: 76527

Ft Hood: 76544

Gause: 77857

Georgetown: 78626, 78627, 78628, 78633

Giddings: 78942

Granger: 76530

Harker Heights: 76548

Hewitt: 76643

Horseshoe Bay: 78657

Hutto: 78634

Jarrell: 76537

Johnson City: 78636

Kempner: 76539

Killeen: 76540, 76541, 76542, 76543, 76544, 76545, 76546, 76547, 76548, 76549

Kingsland: 78639

Kyle: 78640

Lampasas: 76550

Leander: 78645, 78641, 78646

Ledbetter: 78946

Lexington: 78947

Liberty Hill: 78642

Lincoln: 78948

Llano: 78643

Lockhart: 78644

Lometa: 76853

Lorena: 76655

Machaca: 78652

Manor: 78653

Marble Falls: 78654

Marion: 78124

Martindale: 78655

Maxwell: 78656

McDade: 78650

Milano: 76556

Muldoon: 78949

New Braunfels: 78130, 78132

Paige: 78659

Pflugerville: 78660, 78691

Prairie Lea: 78661

Red Rock: 78662

Rockdale: 76567

Round Mountain: 78663

Round Rock: 78664, 78680, 78681, 78682, 78683, 78665

San Marcos: 78666, 78667

Schertz: 78154

Smithville: 78957

Somerville: 77879

Spicewood: 78669

Staples: 78670

Taylor: 76574

Temple: 76501, 76502, 76503, 76504, 76505, 76508

Thorndale: 76577

Thrall: 76578

Totalca: 78682, 78651

Tow: 78672

Troy: 76579

Universal City: 78148

Waco: 76703, 76707, 76706, 76705, 76704, 76708, 76709, 76702, 76712, 76711, 76710, 76701

Waelder: 78959

Walburg: 78673

Washingtons: 77880

Weir: 78674

Wimberley: 78676

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