Deacon Blue will play Belfast Waterfront and Dublin’s Olympia Theatre in November with special guests Lewis & Leigh. Tickets on sale Friday.
Deacon Blue were never hipsters. With six million album sales, 12 UK Top 40 singles and two No.1 albums to their credit, they have been majorly successful and have always been adored by their fans. And their inspirational brand of soulful Scottish pop remains an enduring tonic for the troops, the band’s hit single ‘Real Gone Kid’ is still one of the Glasgow group’s best-loved hits. But hip? Cool? One of the bands that you’d find hanging out with the fashionistas? That was never Deacon Blue. “I remember saying when we first got back together that we must by the uncoolest band in the world,” says Deacon Blue’s singer, songwriter and mainstay Ricky Ross. “But I like that. And people still love us despite all that.”
In 2012 the band celebrated 25 years since the release of their debut album, Raintown, when the world of Deacon Blue began in earnest. It was the first of a string of best-selling albums: When the World Knows Your Name , Fellow Hoodlums , Whatever You Say, Say Nothing  and a double-platinum compilation Our Town – The Greatest Hits , after which the group split up for five years. While Ross built up his career as a songwriter and solo act, he and the other band members set about establishing themselves with remarkable success in various other fields of the media, the arts and academia. But as their lives unfolded, they never gave up on the Deacon Blue dream. A reunion show led on to a new album Walking Back Home  which marked the beginning of a period to the present, during which the band has continued to reconvene whenever there has been a good reason to do so, of which there have been many.
Olympia Theatre, Dublin – 8 November
Waterfront, Belfast – 9 November
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS: LEWIS & LEIGH
TICKETS ON SALE THIS FRIDAY AT 9am
Tickets for Belfast Waterfront are available:
In person from the Ulster Hall Box Office
By Telephone: 028 9033 4455
Book On Line: www.waterfront.co.uk
In person: From 100 Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide
By Telephone (24 Hour): Northern Ireland – 0844 277 44 55
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