ONE OF Scotland’s biggest bands of recent years, The View, will make a welcome return to Shetland for a midsummer show at Mareel.
It follows a last-minute gig at the North Ness arts venue in December 2012 after a planned Happy Mondays show fell through due to illness.
The View will be joined by The Holy Ghosts, fronted by Shetlander Jack Sandison and touted as one of the hottest new emerging bands in Scotland, in a show being promoted by Klub Revolution.
Formed in Dundee in 2005, The View quickly gained a formidable live reputation thanks to UK support slots with the likes of Primal Scream and The Libertines.
Within two years they hit the UK top three with the single Same Jeans and topped the album charts with their debut, Hats Off to the Buskers.
A string of further hit singles including Wasted Little DJs and Superstar Tradesman ensued, cementing the band’s reputation as one of the country’s most popular indie rock acts.
The View released a further three albums – Which Bitch, Bread and Circuses and Cheeky for a Reason – along with a greatest hits collection, Seven Year Setlist, giving the band a fifth successive top 40 album.
Sandison’s band The Holy Ghosts also features former Complete Stone Roses singer Jason MacKenzie.
The group had great success in 2013 with the release of their Voodoo Shakedown EP which, alongside some blistering live shows, earned the band a Scottish Alternative Music Award.
The Holy Ghosts are hoping to progress further in 2014 with the release of their highly anticipated debut album Ride It Down.
Also on the bill for the Saturday 21 June show at Mareel will be local band The Last, returning to the Shetland rock scene following a quiet period which has seen them write the follow up to their successful debut EP Halos and Heartbreaks.
Tickets go on sale through the Shetland Box Office at midday on Friday. The event is open to over 14s, though anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
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