The LaFon­taines UK tour was `Class’

Rutherglen Reformer - - Margaret Ferrier - Kirsten McS­tay

Pop­u­lar La­nark­shire band the LaFon­taines have been tour­ing the UK pro­mot­ing their de­but al­bum ‘Class’.

The boys be­gan their well an­tic­i­pated seven-date tour in St Al­bans, in Hert­ford­shire, at the be­gin­ning of July and ended it last week in New­cas­tle. Kerr Okan, Jamie Keenan, John Ger­ard, Iain Find­lay, and Darren McCaughey, who all hail from Mother­well and Wishaw, formed the LaFon­taines in 2009. Since then the band, with quirky mu­sic videos and their hi­lar­i­ous sense of hu­mour have ac­cu­mu­lated a mas­sive fan base with al­most 17,000 likes on Face­book.

The lads played head­line gigs at venues as big as the O2 ABC and found huge suc­cess when they played at T in the Park in 2011.

They re­leased their de­but al­bum ‘Class’ last year which proved to be a huge hit plac­ing them in at num­ber 10 in Scot­land and num­ber 90 in the UK.

This comes af­ter the band started their own record la­bel 889 Records.

Speak­ing to The Ticket this week drum­mer Jamie Keenan said they were de­lighted with how well the tour had gone.

He said: “It was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. We couldn’t be­lieve the re­sponse we had. The last time we played in Eng­land we only sold around 30 tick­ets but this time we sold hun­dreds.

“Par­tic­u­larly the gigs in Lon­don. The at­mos­phere at each gig was in­cred­i­ble.”

Jamie ex­plained that the al­bum, which has a mix of rap and rock, was so suc­cess­ful that they have raised enough cash to bring out a sec­ond al­bum next Spring.

He said: “We are de­lighted to start record­ing our sec­ond al­bum.

“We were chuffed that we man­aged to raise enough money to con­tinue do­ing what we love.

“We are cur­rently writ­ing songs for it and will be­gin to record them in the next few months, but we are hop­ing to re­lease it - all go­ing well in April or May next year.”

The LaFon­taines are set to sup­port Glasve­gas at Hamil­ton Park Race­course on Septem­ber, 24.

Jamie said the boys were buzzing at the thought of the gig at the park.

He aded: “We are re­ally look­ing for­ward to sup­port­ing Glasve­gas at Hamil­ton Park Race­course.

“It will be good to play back on home turf, play­ing in Eng­land is al­ways great but be­ing closer to home is al­ways great. To buy tick­ets visit www. hamil­

Mu­sic mak­ers Class has been a huge suc­cess so far

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