Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The View eye Caird Hall for concert

The Tele can exclusively reveal that contact has been made between Dundee City Council and representatives of conquering chart heroes The View in a bid to bring the band to the Caird Hall for a triumphant homecoming show (writes Laurie Watson, Grapevine writer).

The Dryburgh band’s loyal local following looked set for a major disappointment when they today announced an 11-date tour of the UK in April that didn’t include Dundee.
Instead, fans looked like having to make the journey north to the Aberdeen Music Hall, or heading west to Glasgow’s Barrowlands to see them.

However, The View have asked their booking agents to find out more about the possibility of a show at the Caird Hall in the months ahead.

Speaking on the band’s brand new tour bus in Dublin today, manager Grant Dickson told the Tele there would be no Dundee dates on the forthcoming UK tour.

However, he confirmed Kieren, Kyle, Pete and Steve had asked their booking agent to sound out the city council with regards to staging a triumphant homecoming concert at the Caird Hall.

He said, “The lads have asked their agents to make a few calls and discuss the possibility of a show at the Caird Hall.

“It’s something they would all love to do, but there’s nothing concrete at the minute and there won’t be any Dundee dates on the April tour.”

A spokesman for the city council confirmed representatives of The View had made contact regarding the possible use of the Caird Hall.

As news of the UK tour emerged, The View were still celebrating their debut album Hats Off To The Buskers going into the chart at No. 1.

However, Grant said the lads had shown no ill effects last night as they ripped through their set on the first night of the NME ShockWaves Indie Rock tour in Belfast.

Taking to the stage at Ulster Hall to thunderous applause, they were welcomed with sporadic chants of trademark, “The View, The View, The View are on fire”, as they tore through a set which included hit singles Same Jeans and Wasted Little DJs.

Grant added, “It’s been a great couple of days with the album going straight to No. 1 and the first night of the tour couldn’t have gone any better.

“The boys are getting some well-earned sleep just now before the Dublin show tonight.”

The celebratory mood continued throughout the show as The View sipped champagne to the news they had been nominated for two NME awards.

The band found out they will face off for the award alongside fellow Scots The Fratellis, The Kooks, The Horrors and Klaxons. But even if they’re pipped to the New Band award, they could still walk off with a Brat award for Best Song, with Wasted Little DJs.

Evening Telegraph, 30/1/07

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