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The Vaccines - Blackpool date
The Vaccines - Blackpool date
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London indie quartet The Vaccines are to make their Blackpool debut with a headlining concert at the Empress Ballroom next year.

The Friday May 4 show is one of just four dates the band have confirmed for next year, the others are in Dundee, Bridlington and Brighton.

Their debut album, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? was released earlier this year and peaked at No. 4 in the official chart.

In January, the band featured in the BBC’s Sound of 2011 list, coming third to Jessie J and James Blake.

They have also had success with singles Post Break-up Sex and If You Wanna but earlier this year, singer Justin Young told Radio 1: “The band aren’t concerned about chart positions.”

Despite that the band has become one of the most talked-about new acts of the year, The Vaccines have already begun unveiling plans for 2012, and will play four UK shows next May.

The debut album released in March rounded off a rapid rise for the London quartet, who had been signed and released first single If You Wanna less than a year previously.

What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? has become one of the best selling debuts of 2011 – shipping more than 250,000 copies in the UK alone.

They recently wrapped up a December UK tour with two sold-out shows at the Brixton Academy and have just been confirmed to appear on this year’s Christmas Day Top of the Pops, where they will be performing their single If You Wanna.

They have also been announced to play next year’s Field Day Festival on June 2 in London’s Victoria Park.

Currently writing new songs, a handful of which were premiered on their recent tour, the band aim to release their second album at some point in 2012.

The Vaccines are: Arni Arnason (bass), Freddie Cowan (guitar / vocals), Pete Robertson (drums) & Justin Young (vocals / guitar).

* Tickets for Blackpool go on sale on Friday at 9am priced £18.50 from the Winter Gardens box office, 0844 856 111 or