Matt Hickman will star with The View’s Kyle Falconer

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A TALENTED musician from Largs hopes the arrival of a big name in Greenock next year could boost the appeal of small towns for big bands.

Brownbear singer Matt Hickman will perform 01475’s Big Day Out at Greenock Town Hall in March alongside The View singer Kyle Falkner.

The show will mark the band’s first performance in two years and Matt says he’s thrilled to be back at a gig so close to home.

He added, “It’s really nice that our first show after almost two years is so close to Largs.

“Seeing artists like Kyle come to Greenock is really cool and a big boost for the area.

“I was his tour manager for a few years, so it will be nice to see him back, and for him to see me play as well.

“I hope many people from Largs will walk the short distance and give us their support after more than two years of absence from the scene.”

Matt hopes the pandemic will cause stars to seek out small towns like Largs instead of only playing in big cities.

He explained, “We want to make it a success and prove that big names should come to smaller venues and venues.

“A lot of people talk about music in the cities and expect everyone from North Ayrshire and Inverclyde to come to Glasgow.

“If we don’t invest in the infrastructure here it will continue to happen, so we want promoters to want to bring us their numbers.

“It’s not easy for musicians right now to get back to touring, so it’s a great time to try to attract bigger names to towns like Largs.”

The band are currently working on their second album, which Matt says could be the launch pad to take them to the next level.

He said, “Our second album is almost ready. We have finished laying the track and hope to be done before Christmas.

“I honestly think it’s the best work we’ve produced to date.

“We believe this could be our next level move, with many singles and shows to be announced this year.

“It’s a really nice way to get back into music after so long.”

01475’s Big Day Out takes place at three locations across Greenock on March 12 from noon to 11 p.m.

For more information or to buy tickets go to www.01475presents.co.uk

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