Deacon Blue at Portsmouth Guildhall REVIEW; 

Deacon Blue. Picture: Sarah Gerrish
Deacon Blue. Picture: Sarah Gerrish

On a wet Saturday night Deacon Blue arrived at the Portsmouth Guildhall as part of their To Be Here Someday tour, a celebration of a 30 year career.

The last five years have seen something of a renaissance for the band – three albums including 2016`s studio release The Believers proved to be the catalyst to fuel a return showcasing some of their greatest hits.

Deacon Blue. Picture: Sarah Gerrish

Deacon Blue. Picture: Sarah Gerrish

They opened with I Was Right And You Were Wrong and Only Tender Love, the early intimate start to the evening soon changed as they launched into crowd favourite Loaded which had the audience on their feet. Deacon Blue’s powerful stage presence and swirling music filled the auditorium. Frontman Ricky Ross talked of his gratitude towards their loyal fan base and it was nice to see him happily interact with the audience at every opportunity.

The crowd sang along loudly to every song, creating a moving and memorable evening. Hits like Chocolate Girl, Real Gone Kid, Wages Day and Your Swaying Arms were followed by newer songs like Hipsters and The Believers. After a short break they returned with a classic rendition of Dignity before winding the night up with Fergus Sings The Blues. Ross decided that one more song was needed, an acoustic version of Elvis`s Always On My Mind.