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  • 10 May 2013, 10:52

'Name the singer or you're not coming in'

Justin Young /PA

Music fans queuing up to see The Vaccines were refused entry if they were unable to name the band's lead singer.

Bouncers and a police officer asked fans questions about the band after a tip-off that pickpockets were planning to target the show.

Fans were asked to name the indie band, the lead singer and titles of their albums, before being allowed into the venue in Llandudno, north Wales.

But six people were unable to answer some of the questions, so had their 18.50 tickets confiscated and were refused admission, reports the Daily Mail.

One if those refused entry, Andy Bellis, the lead singer of local band The Uninvited, accused the police and venue bosses of being 'heavy-handed'.

He said: "I got to the door with my tickets and we were pulled aside by security who asked us, "Do you know the name of the band you're seeing tonight?".

"We said The Vaccines, and he asked us if we could name their lead singer.

"I couldn't think of his name off the top of my head and then he asked us to name their albums and I didn't know them either."

The band's lead singer is Justin Young and their albums are What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? and Come Of Age.

Venue Cymru manager Sarah Ecob said an operation was launched after they received intelligence about pickpockets preparing to target the event.

"I apologise to Mr Bellis," she said. "We will be refunding the ticket money to him."