Wrexham student Andy Bellis, claims he was pulled aside by security at the door, and upon failing to name either the band's frontman, or either of their two albums, was told that he wouldn't be allowed into Venue Cymru, despite holding a valid ticket worth ÂŁ18.
Bellis says that venue staff told him and his friend they were "profiling" people, as they believed pickpockets were active in the area. Presumably, the profile they were using precluded the existence of thieves with a ready knowledge of English indie-punk acts.
The NME quotes a spokesperson for the venue as follows:
Have you ever been quizzed about the bands you're about to see by staff at a venue? Have you ever met a thief whose quick fingers are only matched by their ready command of music trivia? Let us know in the comments.
We received information that there would be pickpockets at the gig. So we worked in conjunction with our security firm, which is ShowSec, and the police who ensured that our customers were safe inside the venue. Some customers were asked to name the band they were coming to see that evening but nobody was turned away for not knowing the answer or any other knowledge of the band. 2,500 people attended the concert and of those people six were turned away at the door. It does appear that of those six there was a mistake made and that two genuine fans were turned away. Those fans will receive an apology and will be refunded.