Deacon Blue for Montrose

SCOTTISH supergroup Deacon Blue will headline Montrose Music Festival 2009.

Arguably one of the most successful bands of the 80s and 90s, the band fronted by Ricky Ross will surely test Montrose Town Hall's "bounceability" when they play the event's opening gig on May 29.

They are set to be supported by the winner of the Auditions competition – for which details will soon be announced – and another, as yet unnamed act.

The not-for-profit committee behind the event say last year's resounding success encouraged them to aim higher for 2009.

The chair of the committee, Lynda Paton, said: "We are delighted to announce that Deacon Blue will headline Montrose Music Festival 2009.

"It's a massive coup for us and for the town and it will certainly cause some excitement around Scotland as well as Angus.

"We've been working really hard to get a big name to play this year as we really want to build on last year's tremendous success. With Deacon Blue, we're very well placed to do that and every one of us is very excited at the thought of them kicking off the summer in style."

Lynda said the committee were also close to announcing the full line up for this year's music festival, as well as details for some fundraisers in the town.

Deacon Blue were formed in Glasgow in 1985 and quickly established themselves as one of the biggest bands of the decade.

Their debut album, Raintown, spent 77 weeks in the UK chart, but it was just the first of five top-five albums – two of which were number one. Dignity was their first of 18 top 40 singles, although Real Gone Kid – released in 1989 – was probably the band's greatest chart success.

Deacon Blue toured extensively and released a total of four albums before splitting in 1994, when Ricky Ross embarked on a solo career and percussionist Dougie Vipond took up media work, eventually becoming the face of Sportscene and the Adventure Show on BBC Scotland. Lorraine McIntosh also became a familiar face for her television work, appearing in soap River City, Taggart and the Ken Loach film, My Name is Joe.

The group reformed in 1999, originally to play a charity concert, but they went on to release two more albums, Walking Back Home in 1999 and Homesick in 2001.

Though the group's original guitarist, Graeme Kelling, died from pancreatic cancer in 2004, the band have vowed to continue in his absence and have continued to entertain crowds across the UK and Europe. Their most recent gig was at Stirling Castle in December to welcome in 2009.

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