View will light up Wickerman

The View are on fire – and The Wickerman will be too!

Dundee rockers The View, famed for their anthemic brand of indie rock, are set to light up the Wickerman next weekend.

This special privilege was granted to the band all because of a drunken meeting with the organisers at last year’s festival.

Speaking to the Gazette, Kieren Webster, the band’s bassist, said: “Seemingly, it was because last year I was at the Wickerman and I said, ‘Aye, we’ll come and play but only if you let us light [the Wickerman]’. It’ll be an honour to light up the Wickerman.”

Kieren has attended the Wickerman as a spectator for four years running, and is excited about the prospect of playing in front of the crowd at Dundrennan.

He said: “We just want to come and play a great show.

“I’m sure it’ll be amazing. I like the smaller festivals like the Wickerman because you can relax and enjoy yourself. You’ll not get stuff shoved down your throat, there’s nothing getting advertised at you.

“You can go for the weekend and chill out, maybe do some of the more quirkier things that are on.”

The boys will be appearing at the festival on the back of the release of their new album, Cheeky For A Reason, which they say is their best yet.

“It’s definitely got the best musicianship of all our records. I think it’s the best one yet, but I say that every time we come out with a new record,” said Kieren.

The band brought in Mike Crossey, who previously worked with Arctic Monkeys, to produce the record, and they said they would work with him again “in a second”.

“We worked well together. We both had the same common goal – we wanted an album that sounded quite rootsy,” added Kieren.

Their appearance at this year’s Wickerman is part of a busy summer for the band, having appeared at T in the Park last weekend and with spots at this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals coming in August.

Kieren had advice for those preparing for the wet and windy weekends that await music lovers this summer.

“The only way to deal with it is to get yourself a good waterproof jacket and a good pair of wellies. That’s the only way to deal with a festival,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what you look like. Just get your wellies on, get your waterproof jacket on and enjoy yourself.”