Live Archive

We have been recording our live shows since the very early days of the band, on cassette, DAT, sometimes multi-channel 12 track tape and Betamax, for a few years we used VHS-Audio, and more recently digital multi tracks.

A few years ago we started collating the physical recordings and sent them to Steve Edwards (who runs Steve catalogued each of the recordings and used Great Bear in Bristol to digitise them all.

Since then, our long time Front of House sound technician, David ‘The Captain’ Pringle who has mixed pretty much every live show we’ve ever done, has been working on mastering these recordings.

What we present to you here is those shows, mastered for the first time, especially for the Deacon Blue audio archive. We will release more over the coming weeks and months so make sure you sign up to the mailing list to be the first to hear about them and do let us know if there are special shows that you’d particularly like to hear.

Deacon Blue December 2020 x
Melbourne The Corner Hotel

Looking back on this gig it’s amazing to think we are about 4 shows from a year when we can’t even get together to rehearse, never mind play again. We had an exhausting but brilliant tour in Australia and New Zealand in 2019. Every night was a sell out show and Melbourne was the night… Read More

Glasgow SSE The Hydro

We were to play at the opening series of shows in Glasgow’s Hydro when it was first opened built near the old SECC in Glasgow. Inevitably the opening got delayed so it wasn’t till later in the year, and the final night of the tour that we played. Unlike its neighbour it’s an arena which… Read More

London Royal Albert Hall

I remember this RAH show in a strange way. It’s almost if, over the course of the night, the grand old space became a club gig. My memory of it is I felt like I was watching as much as performing…the whole space just seemed to be one group of people with the same intention… Read More

Edinburgh Usher Hall

In 2012 we found our mojo again. Lewis Gordon had joined us on bass and Gregor Philp on guitar had played a huge role in working with me on the arrangements of the songs for The Hipsters – our first album of new material in over a decade. Here we play seven out of the… Read More

Manchester Apollo

Although the early ‘noughties’ were an odd time for us, we kept playing live and found we still had a connection with our audience – twenty years on from that first album. Manchester Apollo is and has always been one of the great rock n roll theatres. Here we finished the night on a song… Read More

Tokyo Shibuya Club Quattro

Our trip to Japan in 93 was a great experience if a little exhausting for us. Lorraine and I took our 9-month-old baby with us and in truth she never really got the memo about the time difference. So one of my main memories is of sitting through the night reading a book called ‘Officer… Read More

Newcastle City Hall

In 1991 we decided we wanted to play theatres again after not enjoying our Arena shows the year before. Commercially it didn’t make as much sense but, for me, it helped us rediscover something about the spontaneity of playing live we’d been missing. A happy time for the band; everyone playing well and we brought… Read More

Murcia Sala Snoopy

Coming to Spain in the autumn of 1990 was a great time for us. We’d had a run of arena shows in the UK which involved a massive crew of sound and light people we no longer knew by name. The shows in Spain were just ourselves with our regular team around us. My memory… Read More

Glasgow Barrowlands

As we were mixing our album, When the World Knows Your Name in January 1989, our manager, Peter Felstead, said we needed to talk about the live plans. Although we’d agreed to tour the album in the spring, he told us the agent thought we should be booking some arena shows for later in the… Read More

London, The Marquee

It was a warm July night at the end of a long tour. My memories are of getting a haircut in Soho before the show and trying to contain our own and the audiences expectations. My memory of this show is one of heat, excitement and exhaustion and there’s probably all of that in the… Read More