Ricky Ross is thrilled to embark on Deacon Blue’s debut tour of South Africa early next year, saying “We are excited to announce our first ever shows in South Africa, it’s a country that we have wanted to get to for many years and these shows, both outdoors in beautiful parks, will be really special.”

Thirty-five years since their debut single, Dignity, and millions of record sales since, Deacon Blue are digging out all their old 45s – the Top 10s, the favourites, the sing-a-long rarities – and touring South Africa for the first time in February 2024. The band have always thrived onstage and will entrain local crowds with a selection of their hits.

Ross, co-vocalist Lorraine McIntosh, Dougie Vipond (drums), Jim Prime (keyboards), Gregor Philp (guitar) and Lewis Gordon (bass) will perform well-loved songs like Dignity, Loaded, Wages Day, Real Gone Kid, I’ll Never Fall In Love Again, Your Swaying Arms, Twist & Shout, Your Town, The Hipsters and City Of Love. And so many more.

Scotland’s multi-platinum pop/rockers Deacon Blue emerged from the aftermath of the post-punk era to hit the mainstream during the mid-’80s, and after five years away during the ’90s, they returned in the 21st century.

Their clean, euphoric sound winds the lead vocals of husband-and-wife team Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh across infectious hooks and sweeping melodies in a sophisticated meld of rock, pop, jazz, blues, Celtic soul, and folk music. Their debut album, 1987’s Raintown, attained platinum status and spent a year-and-a-half on the charts.

Their second, When the World Knows Your Name, topped the U.K. album charts and went multi-platinum inside of a month. Subsequent outings, including 1991’s Fellow Hoodlums, and 1993’s Whatever You Say, Say Nothing were also certified best-sellers and registered longstanding Top Five chart entries.

The group split in 1994 but returned to touring in 1999. 2001’s Homesick marked their part-time return to recording, and the band continued to exist for a few years on a part-time basis as Ross cut solo outings and wrote for other artists.

In 2012 Deacon Blue issued The Hipsters. It rocketed to number two and signaled their full-time return to recording and touring. While 2014’s A New House and 2016’s Believers both went Top Five, 2020’s City of Love topped the charts. In November of that year, Deacon Blue’s 1987 single “Dignity” was voted “Scotland’s Greatest Song” by a landslide.

Don’t miss out on experiencing Deacon Blue live in Cape Town and Johannesburg! Tickets go on sale from Wednesday 31 May at 9am and will be available through https://breakoutevents.co.za/

Deacon Blue – SA Tour Dates


  • Saturday 24 February 2024 – Marks Park, Emmarentia, Johannesburg
  • Event Times: Starts at 12pm // ends at 8pm
  • Ticket Link (on sale from Wednesday 31 May at 9am): https://breakout.howler.co.za/deaconblue
  • General Admission – Phase 1: R595 + R35 Fee
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