Top band to play town gig

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MUSIC fans are in for a rare treat after a chart-topping band added a town venue to their latest tour.

Popular indie band The Kooks have included Hartlepool among a string of warm-up gigs throughout the country ahead of a European tour next month.

The award-winning group, who hit the top of the charts with their 2008 album Konk, will be playing at the Borough Hall, on the Headland, on Saturday, May 21.

Promoters said fans played a part in the venue being chosen as it was included “in response to massive demand from local Kooks’ fans” in an internet poll.

A spokeswoman for the band said: “Hartlepool was chosen among other places after fans on the Kooks’ website suggested the Borough Hall as a venue.”

The band join an increasing list of big names to perform at Borough Hall, including Russell Watson, Morrissey and Lesley Garrett.

Hartlepool Borough Council bosses say they are delighted to be welcoming The Kooks to the local authority-run venue.

The council’s events and visitor service manager, Michelle Daurat, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be hosting The Kooks at the Borough Hall, which is gaining a considerable reputation for hosting big entertainment names.”

The performance begins at 7pm and tickets for the show, which is only open to over-14s, cost £20 and are available by logging onto www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk and selecting the link at the bottom of this story.