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The View frontman Kyle ready to thrill Dundee music fans at Carnival Fifty Six

IT’S been more than a decade since Kyle Falconer performed at Camperdown Park in front of 30,000 revellers.

But now The View frontman is heading back to the place where the band announced their arrival on the British music scene.

The Tele can reveal today that Kyle, 29, will be bringing his new project — The Kyle Falconer Band — to Carnival Fifty Six in August.

It will be the first time the Dundee rocker — who grew up only a short distance from Camperdown — has performed in the park since the band’s explosive set at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in 2006.

Although they’ve packed out the Caird Hall numerous times since then, Kyle says it’s his first true homecoming gig.

Speaking exclusively to the Tele, he said: “It’s a really big deal for me. I grew up just across from the park in Dryburgh so to come back here and play again is brilliant.

“We (The View) had talks before about coming back to play but nothing came of it so I’m glad I’m getting the chance to do it. It’s brilliant that something like Carnival Fifty Six is coming to Dundee.

“They’ve got some big names coming and as soon as it was announced I wanted to be a part of it.”

It’s been a hectic year so far for The View as the band celebrates a decade since the release of their debut album Hats Off to the Buskers with a UK-wide tour.

Hits from the album Same Jeans. Wasted Little DJs and Superstar Tradesman are still some of The View’s best-known anthems.

The band — comprising of Kyle, Pete Reilly, Kieren Webster and Steven Morrison — recently joined legends such as David Bowie and Noel Gallagher as inductees into the Barrowland Hall of Fame following their most recent shows at the iconic venue.

The Kyle Falconer Band will be performing new material at Camperdown but fans can still expect the odd View classic to be thrown in.

He may still be touring but Kyle says Carnival Fifty Six will be a welcome break from the band.

“It’s good to go out and do something different new now and then,” he said. “I’ve done a lot of producing and I did a few acoustic shows.

“But this is different and it will have a bit of a different feel to it.

“It’ll be me, my brother Ronnie and Billy Mitchell as well as a drummer we’re just about to pick.

“It’s been so full-on with The View. Basically we haven’t stopped touring since we released the album. We’ve never really had a long break like other bands have had.

“We’ve still got a few things on the go but we’re going to go away for a wee bit after that.

“There are times when I’ve felt we’ve been going round in circles.”

Kyle added: “Hopefully this festival will get even bigger and draw better names if it all goes well.

“I’ve wanted to get the solo stuff out of my system and this is the chance for me to do it.”

Acts confirmed to perform at the two-day festival include chart-toppers Mark Ronson, Clean Bandit, Rudimental and The Fratellis.

Carnival Fifty Six director Craig Blyth said he was thrilled to have secured Kyle and his band.

He said: “We are delighted to have Kyle — one of the biggest talents ever to come out of Dundee — playing in his back garden at Camperdown Park with his new band.

“The Kyle Falconer Band are tipped for great things and we are really excited the guys have chosen to perform at Carnival Fifty Six.”


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