Cult rockers Snow Patrol have amazed music industry insiders, by selling out a London concert in less time than superstars Madonna and Coldplay.

The RUN band sold all 1,500 tickets to the 12 April (06) gig at the British capital's Koko venue in less than 10 minutes when they went on sale on their official website yesterday (26JAN06) morning.

Within minutes tickets were appearing on auction website eBay at vastly inflated prices.

A Snow Patrol spokesman says, "Everyone's very excited about the gig."

Both Madonna and Coldplay have played high-profile gigs at the mid-sized venue in recent months.