View, The - live review (4 stars)

The View

Edinburgh Castle, Wed 21 Feb


A mere year ago The View were playing pub gigs to 50 people in their home town of Dundee. A few months later and a T-Mobile Street Gig in Edinburgh Castle for 100 lucky winners from their newly expanded fanbase is deemed incredibly exclusive.

After a meteoric ascendancy to a no 1 album (Hats off to the Buskers) and an upcoming UK tour that sold out in an hour, the four wee scallies have reached a credible zenith. Striding through a half hour set of their infectious, jangling, sugar-rush indie tunes, they are everything good pop should be: fast, fun and of the moment. Watching them stomp through hits ‘Wasted Little DJs’ and ‘Same Jeans’ elicits pure childish glee, like watching the Muppets play Libertines songs. In a couple of months a new bunch of upstarts will be inciting the nation’s adoration but for tonight the Dryburgh lads can enjoy the view.

The View

Dundonian indie scamps who rose to fame with their 2007 debut album Hats Off to the Buskers. They are known for their raucous live shows and were inducted into the Barrowland Ballroom Hall of Fame in 2017.

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