Scottish favourites Deacon Blue will perform live at Edinburgh Castle for the very first time next summer, it has been announced.
The pop rockers will perform at the iconic venue on Saturday, July 22, as part of their 30th anniversary tour.
Mark Mackie, director of Castle Concerts, said: “It is with great delight we are able to announce Deacon Blue as the first act to play Edinburgh Castle this July.
“For many years we have been trying to book this truly iconic Scottish band to play the castle and finally we managed to get the dates to work out.
“Over the years Edinburgh Castle has played host to many international stars such as Rod Stewart, Blondie, Elton John, The Proclaimers, Leonard Cohen, Stereophonics and Pink.”
Formed in 1985, Deacon Blue have sold over six million albums worldwide and have enjoyed 12 Top 40 singles in the UK.
Looking ahead to next summer’s Castle concert, frontman Ricky Ross said: “We’ve wanted to play Edinburgh Castle for many years, so to get to do it as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of Raintown couldn’t be better.
“It’s a big year for the band and for our fans, many of whom have been with us since day one. What better way to celebrate together than having a great big party on Castle Rock?”
Fans can expect to hear a string of well-known hits like Real Gone Kid, Wages Day and Fergus Sings The Blues alongside a selection of songs from the band’s new album, Believers.
Nick Finnigan, executive manager of Edinburgh Castle, said: “It’s great to have mighty band Deacon Blue confirmed for 2017’s Castle Concerts programme.”
Last summer’s Castle Concert series included gigs from the likes of Welsh rockers Stereophonics and Runrig.