With current NME darlings The Vaccines seemingly channelling Pete and Carl on latest hit Teenage Icon, thoughts quickly turn to one of the first post-Libertines ramshackle pub punk outfits, the Pete Doherty-sponsored The View.
The young Dundonians shone very brightly if a little briefly back in 2007 with their smash-hit debut long player, Hats Off to the Buskers. Offering up singles including Same Jeans, Wasted Little DJs and the nursery rhyme-y (?) Face For The Radio, Kyle, Kieren, Pete and Steven were set fair. The success, however, took its toll. Well publicised issues included being prevented from touring America due to Kyle's drug conviction.
Thankfully, the renaissance wasn't too far off and The View have since rallied to release albums in 2011 and 2012, with both performing well. July's Cheeky For A Reason made the UK top ten and has been accompanied by a blossoming schedule of live dates.
The run continues with a busy autumn, culminating in a support slot for the Courteeners at the vast Manchester Arena in December. We have tickets available now, priced from £15. Ahead of the arena date, The View have announced a series of gigs beginning in Stoke on 28th November, followed by shows at London's Electric Ballroom, in Bournemouth Norwich and Birmingham, before the final date announced so far at the Liverpool Academy on 6th December. We'll have tickets for the new shows when they go on sale at 9am on Friday 14th September.