Thirty-five years since their debut single, Dignity, and millions of record sales since, Deacon Blue are digging out all their old 45s – the Top 10s, the favourites, the sing-a-long rarities – and touring the UK & Ireland in September / October 2023. The band have always thrived onstage, but they’ve never played gigs quite like this: they’ll perform two sets, with no support. The first half will be an intimate acoustic show, and then they’ll go electric for a raucous trip across their hits. Vocalist and songwriter Ricky Ross is raring to go on this celebration of Deacon Blue’s brilliant and loyal fans, roaring the Caledonian gospel from the South Coast to the Uplands.  “Weve decided to play a Greatest Hits show with a difference,” he says. “Yes, we intend to play all (or nearly all) the old 45s, but we also want the first half of the evening to be an intimate acoustic performance, the band gathered round the piano with acoustic guitars and whatever Dougie decides to hit. Well play some album tracks and reinterpret a few favourites from the back catalogue. Well take a short break then come back and make a lot of noise. We hope you can be part of that noise.” Kicking off in the birthplace of pop (as Ross’s recent memoir attests, everything comes back to The Beatles), the tour will launch in Liverpool (at the M&S Bank Arena) – a city which has long held a special place in the band’s collective heart – before travelling the length 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, Real Gone Kid, I’ll Never Fall In Love Again, Your Swaying Arms, Twist & Shout, Your Town,  The Hipsters and City Of Love. And so many more. The dates will culminate in a homecoming show at Glasgow’s OVO Hydro, a stone’s throw away from the Finnieston Crane, which defined their debut album, Raintown. It’s a suitably celebratory space for the final fling on a special tour of Deacon Blue’s greatest hits – and the rest – as they reel in the years and the ships and the songs, in the hurricane days and  summers and suns, amplified and unplugged, surrounded by friends in cities of love. 
Sign up to Deacon Blue’s mailing list for exclusive access to the artist pre-sale which goes live at 9am on Wednesday 16th November. 
Deacon Blue mailing list sign up:
All The Old 45s – The Very Best Of Deacon Blue LiveFri-15-Sep-23 Liverpool M&S Bank ArenaSun-17-Sep-23 Newcastle Utilita ArenaMon-18-Sep-23 Sheffield City HallWed-20-Sep-23 Birmingham Utilita ArenaThu-21-Sep-23 Nottingham Royal Concert HallSat-23-Sep-23 Cardiff Motorpoint ArenaSun-24-Sep-23 Plymouth PavilionsMon-25-Sep-23  Portsmouth GuildhallWed-27-Sep-23 London Royal Albert HallThu-28-Sep-23 Bournemouth BICSat-30-Sep-23 Brighton CentreMon-02-Oct-23 Dublin OlympiaTue-03-Oct-23 Dublin OlympiaWed-04-Oct-23 Belfast SSE ArenaFri-06-Oct-23 Manchester AO ArenaSat-07-Oct-23 Hull Bonus ArenaSun-08-Oct-23 Leeds ArenaTue-10-Oct-23 Edinburgh Usher HallWed-11-Oct-23 Edinburgh Usher HallFri-13-Oct-23 Aberdeen P&J LiveSat-14-Oct-23 Glasgow OVO Hydro