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Last Updated: Monday, 8 May 2006, 13:45 GMT 14:45 UK
Smoke alert ruins Liberty X show
Liberty X performing on Top of the Pops
Liberty X found fame through the ITV talent show Popstars
Pop band Liberty X were forced off stage after a smoke canister was let off just two minutes into their concert at a university.

The band were singing their Children in Need hit A Night to Remember at the May Ball in Aberystwyth on Saturday.

A cloud of smoke engulfed the university's venue and the band and 1,000 students had to be evacuated.

People were allowed to return after 50 minutes but Liberty X failed to reappear.

Firefighters were called to the university's arts centre where the annual May Ball, the highlight of the students' union social calendar, was being staged.

Revellers had paid 37 to see the five-piece band, as well as Bodyrockers, X-Factor's Tabby Callaghan and Chesney Hawkes.

The smoke became so dense you couldn't see the stage or Liberty X
Student Andrew Austin

Aberystwyth Guild of Students' commercial manager Steve Pickup said: "What appeared to be a smoke bomb was set off in the crowd near the stage and near the band's tour manager."

Andrew Austin, 22, a university student originally from Neath, witnessed what happened.

"They were just two minutes into their first song when the smoke bomb went off," he said.


"There was a lot of coughing and a few screams and a huge cloud of smoke. The smoke became so dense you couldn't see the stage or Liberty X.

"We were told they wouldn't reappear and a few people jeered, but the final act, Chesney Hawkes, did a good job."

Geraint Edwards, the guild's events manager, said it was appealing for information about the perpetrator.

"I'm more annoyed with the individual for doing something so reckless," he said.

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