The View apologise to fans over onstage ‘brotherly bust up’ at Manchester gig

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Peter Reilly, Kyle Falconer, Kieren Webster pictured in 2007  (Getty Images)
Peter Reilly, Kyle Falconer, Kieren Webster pictured in 2007 (Getty Images)

Scottish band The View have apologised to fans after an onstage clash broke out between two band members on Wednesday night (10 May).

Attendees were left shocked when a “bust up” between leader singer Kyle Falconer, 35, and bass guitarist Kieren Webster, 37, erupted at The Deaf Institute in Manchester.

In a statement published following the incident, the Scottish indie rock band apologised for “upsetting” any fans.

“We had a brotherly bust-up that went too far, and we cannae wait to get back to touring in November and throughout the festival season with yous lot.”

They added: “Our show at Oslo Hackney has been cancelled, but all yer tickets will be valid for our show at Scala in December. Check yer emails for details #TVAOF.”

According to fan reports and footage taken at the event, the pair scrapped before leaving the stage. They then cancelled their gig at Oslo Hackney, London on the following night.

Saffie Yates, who was at the show, told BBC: “It was very scary to see someone you respect behave like this.

“The bass player normally plays a couple of songs and it was his birthday yesterday. He wanted to play a third song and the lead singer went for him.

“He punched the bassist. I didn’t know if it was part of the act.”

Reviewing the concert for Manchester Evening News, Joe Goggins wrote: “At the end of [”Skagg Trendy”], [Webster] appeared to playfully nudge Falconer’s mic stand – before the drama unfolded.”

“A handful of audience members left immediately. Falconer did return to the stage for a rendition of ‘Face for the Radio’, before being quickly swept out of the music hall’s public exit by a private security guard. The house lights went on soon after.”

Formed in 2005, the band is best known for their hits “Same Jeans” and their platinum-selling debut album “Hats Off to the Buskers”.

The band split in 2017, when drummer Steven Morrison department the band, and has since played a variety of comeback gigs. The band is now comprised of Falconer, Webster and lead guitarist Pete Reilly.