Glasvegas gambles on big turnout as tour swings into Hawick

GLASVEGAS - GLASVEGAS FEATURE , NEW BAND WHICH RELEASE THIER DEBUT ALBUM NEXT WEEK , PORTRAITS AND LIVE GIG PHOTOS ,  ON THE OPENING NIGHT OF UK TOUR AT FAT SAMS IN DUNDEE.   FOR REVIEW.    PHOTO  PHIL WILKINSON  / TSPL
GLASVEGAS - GLASVEGAS FEATURE , NEW BAND WHICH RELEASE THIER DEBUT ALBUM NEXT WEEK , PORTRAITS AND LIVE GIG PHOTOS , ON THE OPENING NIGHT OF UK TOUR AT FAT SAMS IN DUNDEE. FOR REVIEW. PHOTO PHIL WILKINSON / TSPL

GLASVEGAS will visit Hawick as part of a tour of towns and villages across Scotland next year.

The Glasgow rock band, who are presently a trio after drummer Caroline McKay decided to quit earlier this year, play eight dates in January 2011, including Orkney in the north, Troon in the west and Dunfermline in the east.

A statement from Glasvegas said: “Glasvegas return from putting the finishing touches to their highly anticipated second album to play an intimate Scottish tour in January 2011.

“They will be performing across their homeland in these very personal shows where lucky fans will get the first chance to hear new songs alongside the already classic tracks.”

Glasvegas were formed seven years ago by cousins James and Rab Allan who recruited current member Paul Donoghue soon after.

They gained the support of former Oasis manager Alan McGee, as well as Carl Barat, former member of The Libertines, in 2006. That year also saw them entertain inmates at Polmont Young Offenders Institute.

The band were aided significantly in their progress by use of the internet. A video for Daddy’s Gone attracted more than two million viewers on YouTube in 2007, and Glasvegas’ MySpace website has been used to post all their songs for free download.

The band also gained the support of influential music magazine NME, which voted Daddy’s Gone the second best single of 2007 even though only 1,000 copies being made.

Glasvegas released their self-titled album two years ago, and a plethora of awards followed.

They included NME, UK Music Video and XFM awards, as well as nominations for Mercury Music Prize and Q Awards.

James Allan and co have also supported Oasis, U2 and Kings of Leon and have attracted plenty of reviews praising their debut album and stage performances.

Q magazine has said they make “music of national significance,” and the Observer Music Monthly described their album as “The quintessential noise-pop set of the modern age”.

Glasvegas gig in Hawick town hall takes place on Friday, January 14, at 7.30pm, price£14.50. Visit www.seetickets.com for further details.