DEACON BLUE ANNOUNCE MAJOR LIVE RELEASE
Deacon Blue are proud to announce the release of Live at The Glasgow Barrowlands on March 31st on Blu-ray, Limited Edition 2CD/DVD,
Double Vinyl and digital on earMUSIC.
Last year saw the band release their most successful album in 23 years with Believers, and a fourth single from this record, I Will and I Won't is being released to coincide. Live at The Glasgow Barrowlands was recorded on the last night of the Believers Tour at this iconic venue on the 4th December 2016. The show marked an emotional return to the venue where Deacon Blue had last played in 1994, and the performance captured here is one of their finest.
The recording features the band play their best loved songs from their million-selling classic debut album Raintown which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary, all the way to their acclaimed latest release, Believers.
Deacon Blue: Live at the Glasgow Barrowlands is available to pre-order now: deaconblue.tmstor.es.
DEACON BLUE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
We are delighted to announce that Deacon Blue's new album, Believers, will be released on 30th September 2016 and is available to pre-order now at deaconblue.tmstor.es. From Ricky, "The song which starts off the whole thing is The Believers. It seems inevitable really that one day we would have a record called 'Believers' and it's our statement to the fact that belief in the possibilities of hope and a better tomorrow is the side we choose to come down on".
RICKY ROSS'S NEW TRADITION A NEW SHOW ON RADIO 2
Radio 2 have announced a new show presented by Deacon Blue's Ricky Ross. Ricky will play new songs
he loves and trace back the common themes that have influenced song and music making over the last 100 years.
The show starts on Wednesday 4th May at 10.00pm and runs throughout the month, broadcast live from Glasgow.
DEACON BLUE LIVE 2016
Deacon Blue make their return to the live stage in 2016 with some of the biggest shows of their continued resurgence,
including three nights in Glasgow, a date at London's Royal Festival Hall and shows across the UK and Ireland taking in arenas
in Liverpool and Aberdeen.
The tour includes shows in Dublin, Ireland and Belfast in Northern Ireland.
Following their triumphant comeback four years ago, Deacon Blue have gone from strength to strength, with sold out tours in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Alongside over six million album sales, twelve UK Top 40 singles and two UK Number One albums, Deacon Blue are also one of the most passionate live bands around.
The tour announcement coincides with the 25th anniversary of their platinum selling 1991 album Fellow Hoodlums which includes Top 10 hit and live favourite Twist & Shout and the beautiful Your Swaying Arms.
WATO TOUR NEWS
We Are The Ocean embark on their next UK headline tour in November 2015. Hot on the heels of a busy summer of festival
appearances including a show at Reading and Leeds and a tour with Lower Than Atlantis these shows will see
We Are The Ocean bringing a host of new tracks from their current album Ark to their set of established live favourites
such as The Waiting Room and Young Heart. Latest album Ark draws from a fresh palette of influences, and
the epic eponymous title track, the sleazy groove of Good For You and the anthemic Holy Fire are already firmly
established as favourites in their stunning, sweat-drenched live sets.
Monday 9th Birmingham, Asylum
Tuesday 10th Cardiff, The Globe
Wednesday 11th Bristol, The Fleece
Thursday 12th Norwich, Waterfront Studio
Friday 13th Leeds, MINE
Sunday 15th Glasgow, King Tuts
Monday 16th Newcastle, O2 Academy2
Tuesday 17th Manchester, Sound Control
Wednesday 18th Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Friday 20th London, O2 Academy Islington
NEW MUSICAL FEATURING MUSIC BY DEACON BLUE'S RICKY ROSS
The Choir, a new musical featuring music by
will premiere at the Citizens Theatre in October as part of its year-long celebration of its 70th year in its Gorbals home.
Ricky described the The Choir as "a musical play with a big heart about music's power to bring people together, which is something I find really compelling".
The musical is co-written by Paul Higgins and Ricky Ross and directed by Dominic Hill.
RICKY ROSS ON TOUR IN NOVEMBER 2015
In November 2015 Ricky Ross will embark on his most intimate tour yet which will see him draw from his
extensive song writing catalogue. 30 years of songs, from Deacon Blue and beyond.
This will be a unique opportunity to see Ricky present some of his most famous songs as they were first written, by him, sitting at a piano. And it's a chance for Ricky to engage the audience with the stories about the people, places and ideas that influenced his song writing.
Ricky says "I want to be in a room of people and tell some stories and sing some songs. The stories won't always be true ... but the songs will be. There will be a piano, perhaps a guitar now and again, a pile of songs written over four decades and myself. Come and join me if you can".
"Sit down and listen to a master songwriter" Glasgow Evening Times
Ricky Ross plays the following live dates:
Wednesday 4th: Belfast Empire
Thursday 5th: Dublin Sugar Club
Friday 6th: Galway Roisin Dubh
Sunday 8th: Edinburgh Queens Hall
Monday 9th: Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Wednesday 11th: Dundee Gardyne Theatre
Thursday 12th: Glasgow Cottiers Theatre
Friday 13th: Glasgow Cottiers Theatre
Sunday 15th: New Brighton Floral Pavilion
Monday 16th: Manchester RNCM
Tuesday 17th: Bristol St George's
Wednesday 18th: London Kings Place
Friday 20th: Milton Keynes Stables
Sunday 22nd: Birmingham Town Hall
Monday 23rd: Gateshead The Sage
Thursday 26th: Amsterdam Paradiso
WE ARE THE OCEAN NEW ALBUM & NEW DEAL ANNOUNCED
We Are The Ocean have unveiled details of their new album Ark,
due for release through BMG Chrysalis on 11th May. The lead single from the
album, Do It Together, was given its world exclusive first play by Zane Lowe as his Radio 1
Future Exclusive listen here.
After five years of building a supremely committed fan base, Essex-based one-time post-hardcore outfit We Are The Ocean Liam Cromby (vocals), Alfie Scully (guitar), Jack Spence (bass), and Tom Whittaker (drums) return with an ambitious, beefed-up new sound. Having cut their teeth in the baptism of fire that is the US Vans Warped Tour, before graduating to the festival circuit and supporting Muse on their European stadium tour, Ark (released May 11th on BMG Chrysalis) is the sound of a band coming of age.
We Are The Ocean have also announced that their new album will be released through BMG Chrysalis. Renowned A&R man Korda Marshall's first signing since the Infectious merger with BMG Chrysalis last year, the deal sees We Are The Ocean sit alongside new label mates such as The Charlatans, Alt-J, You Me At Six, Smashing Pumpkins, and Drenge on a label with the clout to match Ark's sonic, globe-spanning ambition.
We Are The Ocean play London Electric Ballroom on Friday 22nd May. Tickets are on sale now from www.gigsandtours.com.
WE ARE THE OCEAN LAUNCH NEW TRACK BEFORE HEADLINE TOUR
Premiered last night (October 7th) as Zane Lowe's 'Hottest Record
in the World' on BBC Radio 1 and before heading out on their
UK headline tour on October 14th, We Are The Ocean today
reveal new track ARK. The first new music from WATO since
2012's Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow, ARK showcases WATO's
mastery of the epic chorus and their touch with driving guitars, whilst
bringing in elements of orchestration and the dramatics touched upon on
their Live from Middle Farm Studios record, featured on the deluxe
edition of Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow.
With strings from critically acclaimed composer Simon Dobson (Madness, King Blues) and recorded once again with Peter Miles who recorded their previous two albums (Go Now and Live and Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow), ARK is very much a continuation of the second era of We Are The Ocean, with Liam Cromby flexing his vocal talents fronting the band, joined by Alfie Sculley on lead guitar, Jack Spence on bass and Tom Whittaker on drums.
Taking in 10 dates across the UK, WATO will take new music out on the road amongst old classics. These shows will represent the band's first live outing since bringing their 2012 UK tour to a stunning climax at London's Koko. Joining them on the road will be Kerrang 'Best British Newcomer' award-nominated Decade along with Newcastle foursome, Boy Jumps Ship.
Tue 14 Oct 2014 Portsmouth, Wedgwood Rooms
Wed 15 Oct 2014 Bristol, Fleece
Thu 16 Oct 2014 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Sat 18 Oct 2014 Birmingham, Academy 2
Sun 19 Oct 2014 Manchester, Academy 3
Mon 20 Oct 2014 Leeds, The Key Club
Tue 21 Oct 2014 Edinburgh, Cabaret Voltaire
Thu 23 Oct 2014 London, Scala
Fri 24 Oct 2014 Reading, The Bowery District
Sat 25 Oct 2014 Liverpool, The Shipping Forecast
DEACON BLUE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND TOUR
Deacon Blue return with the much anticipated follow up to Top-20 album The Hipsters with their 7th studio
album A New House released on 8th September through Rhino Records.
Formed in Glasgow in 1985, Deacon Blue went on to become one of the city's most famous and successful bands. From debut album Raintown and follow-up, the chart-topping When The World Knows Your Name, through to 2012's The Hipsters, Deacon Blue are consistently one of the most respected and critically received bands of their generation.
Alongside over six million album sales, twelve UK Top 40 singles and two UK Number One albums, Deacon Blue are also one of the most passionate live bands around. They will be taking to the road this summer for some beautifully set forest and festival gigs and then will head out on a national tour at the end of the year, playing tracks from A New House. The tour will take in homecoming shows in Scotland, the celebrated Hop Farm Festival and a date at London's Festival Hall.
Forests and Festival dates:
28 Jun Sat Dalby Forest
13 Jul Sun Thetford Forest
19 Jul Sat Westonbirt Arbitorium
06 Jul Sun Hop Farm Festival
29 Nov Sat Kilmarnock, Grand Hall
30 Nov Sun Aberdeen, Music Hall
01 Dec Mon Glasgow, Clyde Auditorium
04 Dec Thu Dundee, Caird Hall
05 Dec Fri Inverness, Leisure Centre
07 Dec Sun Newcastle, City Hall
08 Dec Mon Sheffield, City Hall
09 Dec Tue Cardiff, St David's Hall
12 Dec Fri Harrogate, International Centre
13 Dec Sat Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
15 Dec Mon London, Royal Festival Hall
16 Dec Tue Birmingham, Symphony Hall
17 Dec Wed Manchester, Apollo
20 Dec Sat Edinburgh, Usher Hall
21 Dec Sun Liverpool, Echo Arena
PAUL LOASBY AWARDED PETER GRANT AWARD BY MUSIC MANAGERS' FORUM
The Music Managers' Forum has announced that One Fifteen CEO
Paul Loasby has been awarded the prestigious Peter Grant Award
for outstanding achievement in artists' management.
Paul will be presented with the award at the MMF Artists And Managers Awards event, to be held on the evening of Thursday 3rd April.
For more information, go to www.amawards.org.
NEW ARTIST WE ARE THE OCEAN
One Fifteen are very happy to announce the latest addition to their roster, the fantastic young UK rock band, We Are The Ocean.
The band have three albums under their belts, the last of which, Maybe Today Maybe Tomorrow, received huge Radio 1 support across the four singles of the campaign, as well as a live performance at the Radio One Big Weekend.
They have just finished the European leg of the Warped Tour and are heading to the studio to begin writing their fourth studio album.
2014 is set to be their year and we are really looking forward realising this band's huge potential.
YOU'LL KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS
Deacon Blue release a brand new Christmas EP on December 15th called You'll Know It's Christmas.
The lead track is an upbeat celebration of all things great and good about the season and about people coming together.
The EP is packaged with two additional new tracks, Starstuck and Twelve Nights. This will be the first
release through their new label deal with Warner/ADA.
RICKY ROSS SOLO TOUR CONTINUES
Deacon Blue front man Ricky Ross is going out on the road again with Gregor Philp, playing
songs from his latest solo album Trouble Came Looking. Continuing the road-less-travelled
theme of his Spring tour the pair play the Kinross-Shire Winter Festival, Huntly, up in the Highlands
and a special show on Shetland at the Mareel Arts Centre. Then there's just enough time to brush himself
down before he heads out on the second leg of this year's very successful Deacon Blue tour.
Saturday 16th: Kinross-Shire Winter Festival
Sunday 17th: Huntly Stewart's Hall
Tuesday 19th: Lerwick Mareel Arts Centre
DEACON BLUE TOUR
After a successful summer festival season with main stage slots at
T in the Park and V Festival, Deacon Blue hit the road again on Friday 6th September with a show at one of Glasgow's most intimate venues, King Tut's (which sold out in under three minutes).
The tour takes in shows around the country, including the Albert Hall in London and a trip over the Irish Sea to Dublin and Belfast. It picks up again in December with another run of shows before ending back in Glasgow at the city's newest and biggest venue, The Hydro.
RICKY ROSS DOCUMENTARY
Good news for those of you that couldn't make it to one the shows on Ricky's recent
Untold Stories Tour, renowned Scottish production company Bees Nees filmed the concert
at the Gardyne Theatre in Dundee and their crew followed Ricky and Gregor's adventures
on the road too. The documentary will be broadcast on June 8th on
BBC Alba, which is
available across the UK on Sky 143 and Freesat 110.
The band release Turn their fourth single from The Hipsters on 25th March and it becomes the fourth single from the album to be A-Listed at Radio 2.
They have also announced their biggest tour in over a decade in September and December 2013.
Saturday 7th: Preston Guildhall
Tuesday 10th: York Barbican
Wednesday 11th: Stoke Victoria Hall
Thursday 12th: Cardiff St. David's Hall
Saturday 14th: Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Sunday 15th: Norwich Theatre Royal
Monday 16th: London Royal Albert Hall
Sunday 1st: Brighton Brighton Centre
Monday 2nd: Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Wednesday 4th: Manchester Apollo
Thursday 5th: Sheffield City Hall
Friday 6th: Cambridge Corn Exchange
Saturday 7th: Oxford New Theatre
Monday 9th: Guildford G-Live
Tuesday 10th: Birmingham Symphony Hall
Wednesday 11th: Bristol Colston Hall
Friday 13th: Newcastle City Hall
Saturday 14th: Liverpool Echo Arena
Friday 20th: Glasgow The Hydro
While 2012 saw Scottish pop favourites Deacon Blue celebrate their 25th Anniversary with a Top 20 LP The Hipsters and a large-scale sold-out UK tour, 2013 sees Ross focus on untold stories and unheard voices. Ricky releases his new solo album Trouble Came Looking on 8th April and tours the UK in April and May 2013.
The tour will take in beautiful venues around the country, as far north as Kirkwall on Orkney and all the way to Brighton in the south.
Monday 15th: Milton Keynes The Stables
Tuesday 16th: Worcester Huntingdon Hall
Wednesday 17th: Leeds Varieties
Thursday 18th: Aberdare Coliseum Theatre
Saturday 20th: Brighton St. George's Church
Sunday 21st: London Union Chapel
Monday 22nd: Salford The Lowry
Tuesday 23rd: Gateshead The Sage
Friday 26th: Orkney Kirkwall Arts Centre
Saturday 27th: Ullapool Village Hall
Monday 29th: Stornoway An Lanntair
Wednesday 1st: Dunfermline Carnegie Hall
Friday 3rd: Dundee Gardyne Hall
Saturday 4th: Stirling Tolbooth
2012 has been a very successful year for Deacon Blue.
The Hipsters, their first album in over a decade went Top 20, their 15-date UK tour sold out, and all three singles from the album have been A-Listed at Radio 2.
The Outsiders even got the crown for most played song at the station (week 47). They were awarded the Landmark Achievement Award at this year's Tartan Clefs, and they cap it off with two celebratory Christmas shows in Scotland in December.
We're looking forward to keeping things going in 2013.
DEACON BLUE RETURN WITH THEIR FIRST ALBUM IN OVER A DECADE
The first single from the album will be the eponymous The Hipsters released on the 23rd September. Introduced by a rousing full string orchestra with an undeniable classic Deacon Blue beat.
In line with the album release, the band will embark on a 25th Anniversary UK Tour in October and the band's entire back catalogue will be re-released.
All the albums will be remastered and repackaged and will contain bonus CDs and DVDs. These are: Raintown (3 CD + DVD); When The World Knows Your Name (3 CD + DVD); Fellow Hoodlums (2 CD + DVD); Whatever You Say, Say Nothing (2 CD + DVD); and Homesick (2 CD).
Everything they have ever released will be contained in these reissue packages. The material from the two B-sides albums, Riches and Ooh Las Vegas, will all be there but attached to the album from which the single was first released.
There were also many standalone recordings, issued on Ooh Las Vegas, Our Town and Walking Back Home. So for completists, these will be issued in a package entitled The Rest (2 CD + DVD). All of the albums, including The Hipsters, will be released on the Edsel label (Demon Music Group).
Deacon Blue are back as strong and sure as they have ever been.
JOOLS WRITES NEW ALBUM, CONTINUES TOUR
Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra will be getting back on course for a new album this year stay tuned for further news here when it is finalised.
Meanwhile, Jools and the band hit the road again with their latest UK tour; see www.joolsholland.com/tourdates.htm for all the latest details.
STOP PRESS! Jools' date on 18th August at the Shugborough Estate in Stafford has been cancelled, due to the promoter going into liquidation.
A GALAXY OF HITMAKERS
Douglas Adams, the much-missed creator of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy', would have been 60 years old today, and his birthday was marked by a lengthy comedy and music gala staged at the former Hammersmith Odeon, now the HMV Apollo. David joined the musical lineup for the last portion of the show, which included the musicians Adams described as his 'dream band', many of whom used to perform at Douglas Adams' home: David and Robbie McIntosh (vocals, guitars); Gary Brooker (vocals, keyboards); Paul 'Wix' Wickens (keyboards); Jody Linscott (percussion); Dave Bronze (bass); Paul Beavis (drums); and Margo Buchanan, also on vocals and guitar.
After a three-hour show of comedy sketches, filmed inserts, interviews and reminiscences, drawing on all aspects of Adams' career, Robbie McIntosh opened the musical segment with a solo acoustic instrumental and a further original song, Scarecrow, backed by the band, minus David. Margo Buchanan sang her own Rockstar and Etta James' I Just Wanna Make Love to You, and Procol Harum's Gary Brooker led the ensemble in an emotive version of Procol's A Salty Dog, title track of their third album.
Margo then introduced David, who performed the apposite Wish You Were Here to a rapturous reception, which was followed by Gary Brooker's rendition of Chuck Berry's Too Much Monkey Business, with rousing solos from both lead guitarists. Last song of the night was also the most emotional, as Gary Brooker played and sang A Whiter Shade Of Pale, in which David's solo tore the roof off the hall. The whole affair was all the more impressive because, as we were assured by the closing announcement, it was all done with no rehearsal whatsoever.