Last night we went to see Deacon Blue at Newcastle City Hall as a birthday treat for me from my husband.
I’ve loved Deacon Blue since I was about 16 years old (that’s a long time!). They are absolutely my childhood sweethearts! These guys have seen me through happy times and sad, through thick and thin, and I think it’s really kind of them to once again organise their tour to coincide with my birthday. Very considerate!
These days, due to mobility problems, I have to worry about how far I’ll need to walk and where we can get parked. Luckily for us, there is an NCP car park right beside the City Hall, and you can pre-book the parking, which is fantastic, and so reassuring.
Another bonus, there’s a Frankie and Benny’s next door. OK, it’s not gourmet, but it’s easy and fun, and they have a gluten free menu. Yes, not just an option or two, an ENTIRE menu!! Sorted. Top tip – if you download their app, you also get discounts, and kids eat free.
Back on the subject. The Deacon Blue concert.
We got there for the start. We believe in making the most of a child-free night! Plus, there are often some good support bands. This night was no exception. We were charmed by the sounds of Lewis and Leigh. Beautiful harmonies. Very beautiful indeed. Check out what Wales and Mississippi together sounds like. You won’t be disappointed.
Anyway…how are Deacon Blue doing?
I mean it. Absolutely bloody amazing!
Their sound was rich and fabulous, and their mood was just so fun and energetic, it was infectious. The personalities of the entire band really shone through. I love Newcastle City Hall, it’ such a perfect size. The gig felt so intimate and the atmosphere was electric. From the beautiful ballads to the high energy numbers which had everyone jumping and cheering; from the old favourites to the great new numbers. Everything was just fabulous.
The audience sang their hearts out, and even though most of us were getting on a bit, we did our best to keep partying until the end. As for the encore, oh guys, what an encore! Look at this set list, published to their Facebook page today. How lucky were we in Newcastle?
And Ricky was right – we are close enough to the Border to just ‘get’ their style and humour, and yes, we do love a good sing song at the end of the night. Thank you for giving us ‘Forever Young’ to go home with. Thank you for giving us a wonderful night altogether.
This was definitely the best Deacon Blue gig I’ve ever been to. It’s probably THE best gig I’ve ever been to.
What about you? Have you ever been to a Deacon Blue concert? Or do you have a band who has seen you through since the early days? Let us know in the comments here.