– Deacon Blue – Live At Radio 2 In the Park – (Radio version) – September 16, 2023 – BBC Radio 2 –
Getting the last few festivals of the Summer Season before the weather changes. This past weekend it was Radio 2 In The Park, a two day pop/Blues/R&B festival put on by BBC Radio 2 and recorded live from the stage at Victoria Park in Leicester this past Saturday.
Deacon Blue formed in Glasgow during 1985. The line-up of the band consists of vocalists Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh, keyboard player James Prime and drummer Dougie Vipond. The band released their debut album, Raintown, on 1 May 1987 in the United Kingdom and in the United States in February 1988. Their second album, When the World Knows Your Name (1989), topped the UK Albums Chart for two weeks, and included “Real Gone Kid” which became their first top ten single in the UK Singles Chart and reached number one in Spain.
Deacon Blue released their fourth album, Whatever You Say, Say Nothing, in 1993. The band split in 1994, following which Vipond began a career in television. Five years later, the band held a reunion gig, and this led on to a new album, Walking Back Home, with the band now working on a part-time basis. The band released another album, Homesick, in 2001. Though Graeme Kelling died from pancreatic cancer in 2004, the band has continued and 2006 saw Deacon Blue returning to the studio to record three new tracks for a Singles album – including the track “Bigger than Dynamite”. Deacon Blue’s next album was The Hipsters, in 2012. The band released another album, A New House, in September 2014. Believers, was released in September 2016. A concert recording of their return to the Barrowlands, Glasgow, was released on 31 March 2017.
The band’s ninth studio album City of Love was released on 6 March 2020. In February 2021, they released their tenth studio album entitled Riding on the Tide of Love to commercial success in the UK.
As of 2020, Deacon Blue’s total album sales stood at seven million, with twelve UK top 40 singles, along with two number one albums in the UK.
Tonight the legacy continues with an abbreviated set via BBC Radio 2 (the full set was on the BBC Video Player), live from the stage at Victoria Park in Leicester.
Crank it up and get ready for Summer Festival Season 2024 (you can never start too early, tickets are already on sale for some festivals) – just so you know.