With less than 24 hours to go...
jason gregory
14:43 7th October 2011

Tickets for Michael Jackson's tribute concert in Wales have still now sold out less than 24 hours event of the event.

Organisers said they had sold 40,000 tickets – 10,000 short of the capcity – but added they were hopeful they would sell the rest by tomorrow (October 8).

The gig, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, has been besieged by setbacks, the most recent of which being Black Eyed Peas' decision to drop out earlier this week.

Performers include Leona Lewis, the Jackson Brother – minus Jermaine and Randy – La Toya Jackson and Beyonce, who will perform via video link.

Chris Hunt, head of organisers Global Events Live, told BBC News: "I'm excited about tomorrow's event, especially with ticket sales going so well."

"Buzz is really building and some key acts have already been spotted in the city. Doors will open at 4pm tomorrow for what will be a fantastic evening.”

Meanwhile, the local council confirmed that some of its key stakeholders had been offered free tickets to the concert.

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