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Deacon Blue to play intimate gig at The Glad Cafe in bid to help Glasgow venue stay open

© Jim Irvine / DCT MediaDeacon Blue's Ricky Ross on stage
Deacon Blue's Ricky Ross on stage

Deacon Blue will play their smallest gig in a bid to save a popular music and arts venue.

The chart-topping band will play an intimate acoustic gig for 120 fans at The Glad Cafe, a charity arts hub in Glasgow facing a cash crisis. A £40,000 bill to repair the roof of their B-listed tenement on the city’s southside has placed the venue’s future in doubt.

Now the Glasgow outfit, best-known for hits like Dignity and Real Gone Kid, hopes to help secure the venue’s future with a stripped-down gig on September 15.

The tiny show comes just four months after the group performed to 12,000 fans in a 30th anniversary hometown gig at the SSE Hydro.

Lead singer Ricky Ross said his band – Lorraine McIntosh, Jim Prime, Dougie Vipond, Gregor Philp and Lewis Gordon – felt compelled to help save the venue because of its significance to the cultural fabric of the city.

He said: “The Glad Cafe is a place that is very close to our hearts.

“It’s a great place for bands to come through and there weren’t many places like that when we started.”

Tickets, priced £100, will go on sale on Tuesday via musicglue. A crowdfunding campaign will be launched tomorrow to save the venue, which has four weeks to raise the sum.

Joe Smillie, The Glad Cafe’s managing director, said: “The bill for these repairs knocked us for six.

“It’s an incredible act of kindness and solidarity from Deacon Blue.”