First headliner confirmed for T in the Park

Upcoming Scots rockers The View - currently riding the top of the UK Album Chart - are to headline the King Tut's Tent at this summer's T in the Park festival and say it beats getting to Number One.

The Dundee band shot straight to the top of the charts last night with their debut album Hats Off To The Buskers, making them Scotland’s hottest new band.

And the lads told the Daily Record that organisers of the Balado festival had been in negotiations with the band to headline for weeks.

Bassist Kieran Webster said: “Playing T in the Park will be the highlight of the year, alot better than getting to No.1 in the charts.”

The news comes just months after The View made their T in the Park debut last year, when they packed the T-Break Stage for unknown bands.

This time they’ll close the festival’s prestigious King Tut’s Tent.

Guitarist Pete Reilly said: “We have been asked to headline the King Tut’s Tent and it’s going to happen. Last year we played the T-Break stage and that tent was full with people six deep at every entrance trying to get in.”

Singer Kyle Falconer admitted the band had been offered the option of playing the main stage but had turned it down.

He said: “When we played T, we hadn’t had any press and the tent was packed. Bands like Coldplay could pull off a main stage gig but some just can’t fill that stage. So we’ve been offered the headline slot in the King Tut’s Tent and we’d like that.”

The lads – frontman Kyle, 19, Pete, 20, Kieran, 20, and drummer Steve Morrison, 19 – outsold their nearest rivals in the album charts by two to one, with 103,000 fans snapping it up.

They celebrated last night at a champagne-fuelled private party at The Colony Room private members club in London’s Soho district with label boss James Endecott, producer Owen Morris and friends.

Kieran said: “It’s a double celebration because we got our new 12-bunk tour bus today. We used to travel in a transit van, now we’ll be able to sleep while travelling.”

The band also play Glasgow’s Carling Academy on Thursday and Friday as part of the NME rock indie tour.

T in the Park takes place at Balado, Scotland on 7-8 July. For line-up rumours and more info, click on the links below.