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Chart-topping Deacon Blue to bring 1980s old-school nostalgia to marquee at Feile an Phobail

Deacon Blue to headline the Feile marquee
Staff Reporter

EIGHTIES chart toppers Deacon Blue and special guests Hue and Cry are set to bring a touch of old school nostalgia to this year's Féile an Phobail.

Fronted by Ricky Ross, Deacon Blue have enjoyed five top five albums and a string of top 40 singles over the last 25 years bringing the band massive chart success in the 1980s with tracks including Real Gone Kid and Fergus Sings The Blues.

The recently reformed group will perform at the festival's Big Top on the Falls Road next Saturday, August 13.

They will be joined by fellow Scots Hue and Cry, brothers Pat Kane and Greg Kane, who enjoyed chart success in the late 1980s are best known for 1987 single Labour of Love.

Keeping with the 1980s theme Holly Johnson, who was lead singer with Frankie Goes to Hollywood, takes to the stage with special guest Roland Gift, who fronted Fine Young Cannibals.

They make a return to Belfast when they play the festival marquee on Tuesday, August 11.

Other music headliners include Girl group All Saints, who will perform at the festival's Big Top this Sunday night, August 8.

The girl band, who recently reformed, enjoyed huge success from the late 90s with 12 million album sales. Their fourth album, Red Flag was released earlier this year.

Kicking off events this Saturday night and headling Feile marquee will be indie outfit The Kooks.

The energetic Brighton four-piece have been producing a blend of post-punk beat guitar pop for more than a decade including a raft of instant classics like Naive, She Moves her Own Way and Always Where I Need to Be.

They are joined by The Coronas and Crossfire Hurricane.

Sharon Shannon, Frances Black and Mary Coughlan - which has already sold out - will play Clonard on August 9 with The Wolftones and Rising of the Moon completing the traditional music line-up on August 14 at the Falls Park marquee.

:: More details at www.feilebelfast.com.

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