Catch up with Scottish band The View ahead of TRNSMT Festival


Scottish rockers The View began 2017 on a high, with tickets selling out in less than twenty minutes for their record-breaking run of shows at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow to celebrate ten years as a band.

The View join fellow Scots Biffy Clyro and Twin Atlantic, on the closing day of TRNSMT, Sunday 9th July. Their extensive back catalogue includes six albums, and the band shows no sign of slowing down as they enter their second decade on the music scene.

We caught up with Kieran Webster to find out what to expect from their set this weekend.

Hi Kieran! Are you excited for Sunday? What can we expect from your set?

Yes! Well, we’ve been doing Hats Off To The Buskers, but because it’s a festival, we don’t have as long as we normally do! So we’re doing a mixture of all the albums, but we’re doing it kind of Hats Off To The Buskers heavy, so we’ll probably do some we haven’t done for a while on the tour.

Nice! What are your plans for the rest of summer?

We’ve been writing and recording and what-not, and we’re going to Benicassim festival in Spain so that will be good! We’re also playing Reading and Leeds – then there’s a couple of little local ones too. I’m looking forward to the local ones, you know with Scotland’s little characteristics.

How do you feel about playing TRNSMT, with it being home? Do you think it will be more special than your usual gig?

Yeah! I love playing all festivals, but this is the biggest one of the year so far in Glasgow – there’s not that many in our hometown today. Really looking forward to it, it will be cool seeing what it’s like with it being the first year of the festival as well! It’s cool we’ve been asked to play the first one.

Can we look forward to new music from you soon?

We’re not going in the studio for a bit yet, it will probably be the end of next year at least until we’re back in the studio.

Did you always want to be in a band?

Yeah pretty much! I didn’t go to uni, I wish I did. I used to live really close to the university in Dundee and always thought it looked good. I left school when I was sixteen and started working as a labourer, then ended up with the band.

Did you learn guitar at a young age?

Not as young as some people – I started playing when I was about fourteen or fifteen.

So what’s been your favourite gig you’ve played to date?

Ever?! Hmm.. It’s hard to choose one or two over the last ten years, but probably the first or second time we played T in the Park. Probably the first time, because the tent was totally sold out, and we’d only ever played in Dundee, so we were not expecting the size of the crowd that we got.

Bet that was amazing! Going from being pretty small, to having a huge crowd?

Yeah, it was the first time we’d ever noticed it, so it was huge for us. Really cool.

This is super cliché, but we’re genuinely interested – was Same Jeans written from experience? Did you literally have the same jeans on for four days?!

Hahaha, I actually get asked that question a lot – I think four days is probably being generous! Not to make myself sound like a scumbag – but yeah, haha, looks like it was!