Deacon Blue for Inverness gig

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Deacon Blue to play Inverness Leisure Centre in October, 2020.

It may well be almost a year away but it will be highly anticipated: Deacon Blue will return to Inverness on Friday 30th October 2020 and to the scene of their 2014 performance at Inverness Leisure, or the ILC Arena as it was referred to 5 years ago. 2020 is set to be a big year for Deacon Blue, a year that includes a tour on the back of their forthcoming album release ‘City of Love’.

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 The new album, CITY OF LOVE, which sees the multi-million selling band deliver eleven brilliant new tracks tethered by a singular belief – that even in the corners of a town or a life where no light falls, hope can prevail. Long praised for their live performances, CITIES OF LOVE will see the band visit more cities in the UK and Ireland than ever before, including seven arena shows and the Royal Albert Hall in London.

 CITY OF LOVE (to be released March 6th and available to pre-order now from is the fourth release of a prolific seven-year period for Deacon Blue. Their last three albums returned the band to the Top 20 of the UK album charts, the most recent posting at number 12, giving them their highest charting album in 23 years. This has fuelled a creative resurgence which returned the band not only to mainstream radio playlists, but also back into the sort of venues befitting the stature of a chart-topping legacy boasting seven million album sales, two number one albums and 14 hit singles.

 Ricky Ross said:

 “We’re so looking forward to you hearing City of Love and getting out on the road, playing new songs and old songs too. Every time we tour it feels like a celebration because our fans are still there and it’s a delight for us. We’re planning to make this the best one yet.”

 Tickets for Deacon Blue in Inverness go on sale next Friday (15th November 2019) at 9am and are available to purchase from Ticketline (; 0844 888 9991) or from Cafferys, Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness, IV2 3PP.

 If you want to catch them further afield here’s the places and dates:

24-Oct – Metropol, Berlin, Germany

25-Oct – Theater am Tanzbrunnen, Cologne, Germany

26-Oct – TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, Holland

28-Oct – Concert Hall, Perth, Scotland

30-Oct – Inverness Leisure Centre, Inverness, Scotland

31-Oct – P & J Arena, Aberdeen, Scotland

02-Nov – Ulster Hall, Belfast, N. Ireland

03-Nov – Olympia, Dublin, Ireland

06-Nov – O2 Apollo, Manchester, England

07-Nov – O2 Apollo, Manchester, England

08-Nov – First Direct Arena, Leeds, England

10-Nov – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, England

11-Nov – Royal Albert Hall, London, England

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Frank Finlayson
Frank Finlayson
Chartered surveyor by day, music reviewer by night, and occasionally I get to use my camera. A strange mix, but one that I enjoy. A chance meeting in the queue for Bella in 2010 led to the opportunity to write for InvernessGigs; a far cry from the days of writing for a football fanzine back in the late 80s, early 90s. My interests lie between the mainstream, the emerging and the local. Increasingly I find that we have more than enough locally to entertain us to necessitate a trip south. I’m always happy to give a listen, whatever the genre. Inverness has a plethora of talent, all of which I am more than keen to write about. If it encourages just one person to make the effort to listen to some new music I’ll be happy. You can contact Frank direct via

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