Considering The View have always been a favourite at T in the Park, it only makes sense that they’d play the main stage of its replacement this year. Glasgow crowds can’t get enough of their distinctive vocals and rowdy live performances, so the chants of “The View are on fire!” will probably be heard across the whole city on Sunday.
GIGsoup spoke to bassist Kieren Webster to find out where the band like to party and their plans for the rest of 2017.
How are you feeling about playing the first ever TRNSMT festival?
Yeah looking forward to it, it should be a good one. Being the first one, it’ll be interesting to see how it goes but I think it’ll be good
Who are you most excited to see playing over the weekend?
Cabbage, Blinders, Biffy, Radiohead – they’re the main bands I’d like to catch. I’m definitely going to see Radiohead and obviously we’re on Sunday, but I’ll probably come down Saturday as well.
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What’s your favourite thing about Glasgow?
I just like the people of Glasgow. The people are nice and friendly, there’s loads of stuff going on. The local banter is the best thing about the city.
What’s the best Glasgow venue you’ve played in or best gig you’ve done here?
It has to be the Barrowlands, doesn’t it? There’s loads of good venues in Glasgow though – the Academy is good. If that was in any other city it’d be the best venue but because of the Barrowlands… The ABC is good too, I quite like that for a gig.
Where’s your favourite place in town to party?
We normally head to Nice N Sleazy, Broadcast, up that neck of the woods. Or go down to Finnieston.
Which is your favourite track to play live?
Probably Superstar Tradesman. Over the whole time, that song has been my favourite for the longest, or Shock Horror. Just because the crowd goes nuts – I like whatever song makes the crowd go nuts.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
We haven’t got any plans to go in the studio at the moment, but we’re doing the rest of the festival season – Reading and Leeds and stuff like that. We’ve got a small tour coming up towards the end of the year as well, but I’m not sure if I’m supposed to say anything about that at the moment! Then we’ll see what happens after that.
What was the first festival you went to as a punter?
T in the Park. Oasis at Loch Lomond in ’96 was kind of like a festival, but T in the Park was the first proper, multi-stage festival that I went to, that was class.
Tell us something people may not know about you?
There’s loads of good tour stories but far too many to mention!
Why should people go see you at TRNSMT?
You should come down and see us because we’ll be putting on a cracking show as usual. It’ll get you right in the mood for the bands that are up later on. The set list isn’t sorted yet – it’s far too early for stuff like that in Camp View – but we’ll get it done!
The View play the main stage at TRNSMT on Sunday 9th July. Tickets are available now.