Scottish pop-rockers Deacon Blue are set to celebrate their 25th anniversary at Colston Hall Bristol and Plymouth Pavilions this autumn.
Deacon Blue are one of the most commercially successful British bands of the Eighties, with 18 UK Top 40 hit singles and five Top Five UK albums, two of which were Number One.
They first stormed the charts back in 1988 with the single, Dignity, followed by the likes of Real Gone Kid, Fergus Sings The Blues and Chocolate Girl.
Deacon Blue have recently been on hiatus while singers Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh have concentrated on their side project McIntoshRoss, releasing the album The Great Lakes in 2009.
Lorraine has also been treading the boards, appearing in Beautiful Burnout, a stage production from The National Theatre of Scotland, part of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Ricky meanwhile, has been busy writing songs, not only for Deacon Blue, but for the likes of James Blunt, Ronan Keating, Will Young, Nanci Griffith, EG White and Jamie Cullum among others.
Though original member Graeme Kelling died from pancreatic cancer in 2004, Deacon Blue have continued in his absence and 2006 saw the group return to the studio to record three new tracks for a singles album – including the track Bigger Than Dynamite.
Last month, Ricky began posting Facebook updates from the studio, confirming that the band are working on a new album, due for release in the autumn.