February 6, 2023

All The Outdated 45s: Deacon Blue announce unplugged and amplified Biggest Hits 2023 tour, together with a date at The SSE Area, Belfast, on Wednesday, 4 October.

Thirty-five years since their debut single, Dignity, and tens of millions of report gross sales since, Deacon Blue are digging out all their previous 45s – the High 10s, the favourites, the sing-a-long rarities – and touring the UK & Eire in September / October 2023. The band have all the time thrived onstage, however they’ve by no means performed gigs fairly like this: they’ll carry out two units, with no assist. The primary half shall be an intimate acoustic present, after which they’ll go electrical for a raucous journey throughout their hits.

Vocalist and songwriter Ricky Ross is raring to go on this celebration of Deacon Blue’s sensible and constant followers, roaring the Caledonian gospel from the South Coast to the Uplands. “We’ve determined to play a Biggest Hits present with a distinction,” he says. “Sure, we intend to play all (or almost all) the previous 45s, however we additionally need the primary half of the night to be an intimate acoustic efficiency, the band gathered around the piano with acoustic guitars and no matter Dougie decides to hit. We’ll play some album tracks and reinterpret a couple of favourites from the again catalogue. We’ll take a brief break then come again and make a number of noise. We hope you might be a part of that noise.”

Kicking off within the birthplace of pop (as Ross’s latest memoir attests, all the things comes again to The Beatles), the tour will launch in Liverpool (on the M&S Financial institution Area) – a metropolis which has lengthy held a particular place within the band’s collective coronary heart – earlier than travelling the size of the land. Ross, co-vocalist Lorraine McIntosh, Dougie Vipond (drums), Jim Prime (keyboards), Gregor Philp (guitar) and Lewis Gordon (bass) will breathe new life into well-loved songs like Dignity, Loaded, Wages Day, Actual Gone Child, I’ll By no means Fall In Love Once more, Your Swaying Arms, Twist & Shout, Your City, The Hipsters and Metropolis Of Love. And so many extra.

The dates will culminate in a homecoming present at Glasgow’s OVO Hydro, a stone’s throw away from the Finnieston Crane, which outlined their debut album, Raintown. It’s a suitably celebratory house for the ultimate fling on a particular tour of Deacon Blue’s best hits – and the remainder – as they reel within the years and the ships and the songs, within the hurricane days and summers and suns, amplified and unplugged, surrounded by mates in cities of affection.

Wednesday, 4 October 2023: The SSE Area, Belfast. The SSE Area’s intimate Theatre format bringing audiences nearer to the music

Fan pre-sale Wednesday 16 November www.deaconblue.com

Basic Sale THIS Friday, 18 November www.ticketmaster.ie

All The Outdated 45s – The Very Finest Of Deacon Blue Stay

Fri-15-Sep-23 Liverpool M&S Financial institution Area

Solar-17-Sep-23 Newcastle Utilita Area

Mon-18-Sep-23 Sheffield Metropolis Corridor

Wed-20-Sep-23 Birmingham Utilita Area

Thu-21-Sep-23 Nottingham Royal Live performance Corridor

Sat-23-Sep-23 Cardiff Motorpoint Area

Solar-24-Sep-23 Plymouth Pavilions

Mon-25-Sep-23 Portsmouth Guildhall

Wed-27-Sep-23 London Royal Albert Corridor

Thu-28-Sep-23 Bournemouth BIC

Sat-30-Sep-23 Brighton Centre

Mon-02-Oct-23 Dublin Olympia

Tue-03-Oct-23 Dublin Olympia

Wed-04-Oct-23 Belfast SSE Area

Fri-06-Oct-23 Manchester AO Area

Sat-07-Oct-23 Hull Bonus Area

Solar-08-Oct-23 Leeds Area

Tue-10-Oct-23 Edinburgh Usher Corridor

Wed-11-Oct-23 Edinburgh Usher Corridor

Fri-13-Oct-23 Aberdeen AECC

Sat-14-Oct-23 Glasgow Hydro

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