Sunday, September 07, 2008

Inverness fans scramble for tickets

The hottest concert tickets in Inverness were snapped up within half an hour of going on sale yesterday as excitement mounted in advance of The View’s latest gig in the city.

Around 15 people queued early yesterday for 50 available briefs for the Dundee band’s eagerly-awaited concert at the Raigmore Motel.

And motel owners Ken and Hazel Stott spent the rest of the day fielding phone calls from fans not lucky enough to get their hands on the gold-dust tickets.

Mr Stott, 55, said: “This is the second time we have had The View perform here.

“They first appeared in September 2006.

“We are glad to see they have come on so much since then and that they are still together. We are looking forward to having them back and I’m sure it will be a great night.”

His wife said about 15 people had queued up to secure tickets and they sold out in less than half an hour.

The Raigmore had about 50 tickets to sell but another 250 or so were also selling online.

The tour will see The View play 35 dates ahead of a new album due for release next year. A single, 5Rebeccas, is out on October 27.

The Dundee band shot to fame in 2006 with their debut album, Hats Off To Buskers, which earned them a Mercury Music Prize nomination. Decamping to rural Wales with producer Owen Morris in early summer this year, The View have been working on their second album, which has yet to be titled.

While still described as a “joyful rush”, the album also weaves its way from rip-roaring boogie to Tayside sea-shanties. It will be released in early 2009.

Tickets for Cage the Elephant, who will play the Raigmore Motel on November 15, also went on sale yesterday.

Press & Journal, 6th September 2008


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