- 30 Nov 23
Deacon Blue have been announced as the second headliner for Wider Than Pictures 2024, bringing their All The Old 45s tour to Dublin's Collins Barracks.
The second headliner to be announced for Singular Artists’ flagship Wider Than Pictures concert series, are sophisti-pop rockers Deacon Blue, who will bring their All The Old 45s - The Very Best of Deacon Blue Tour to The National Museum of Ireland next year.
On the heels of Monday's announcement that post-punkers THE THE will be gracing Collins Barracks for 2024's rendition of the series, the Scottish sextet are set to make their Irish return, following two sold-out shows at Dublin's 3Olympia last October.
Last month, Deacon Blue released All The Old 45s - The Very Best of Deacon Blue, marking the band's most comprehensive anthology collection yet, released thirty-five years after the release of the band's debut studio album Raintown. Charting Deacon Blues iconic career as one of Scotland's best-loved bands the record chronicles the band's life in music - from bringing ‘Chocolate Girl’ and ‘Dignity’ to life in the corner of a Glasgow basement, to penning euphoric stadium-filling hits like ‘Wages Day’ and ‘Real Gone Kid.'
Anchored by tender vocals and thought-provoking lyricism, courtesy of husband and wife vocal duo Lorraine McIntosh and Ricky Ross, Deacon Blues' distinctly euphoric blend of pop, rock, Celtic soul, blues, jazz and folk, have cemented their long tenure as one of music's most celebrated rock-pop outfits. From their tender, swoon-inducing tribute to composer Burt Bacharach 'I’ll Never Fall In Love Again,' to their collective favourite ‘Your Swaying Arms,' and one of the most significant songs in the Deacon Blue canon, which followed a split in 1994 and the loss of two original members: 2012’s comeback single ‘The Hipsters,' the band's impressive back catalogue is indicative of the iconoclastic impact that they have made throughout their prolific run.
“We’ve added so many songs, albums and EPs which have become a strong part of Deacon Blue and our live repertoire since ‘The Hipsters’ in 2012,” says songwriter and vocalist Ricky Ross. “It feels like the right time to celebrate that.”
Now in its third year, Wider Than Pictures has seen Singular Artists play host to the likes of Future Islands, Franz Ferdinand, Alt J, Fleet Foxes and YUNGBLUD; as well as championing some of Ireland's finest homegrown talent, with the likes of Pillow Queens, Susan O’Neill, Mick Flannery, and Really Good Time, having played the Collins Barracks stage.
Deacon Blue play the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks on Friday 23rd August 2024 as part of Wider Than Pictures. Tickets available from Wednesday 6th of December via Singular Artists, starting at €57.35.