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SCOTTISH pop favourites Deacon Blue starred in Stonehaven's hugely-popular Hogmanay Festival in 2015
The chart-topping Glasgow group were the headline act in he Aberdeenshire town's Open Air In The Square party on December 31st, last year.
They took the stage in the footsteps of Scots rock giants Simple Minds, new wave favourites The Human League and pipe-rock crowd-pleasers the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
"Deacon Blue have played in many of the country's most prestigious festivals, including T in the Park, and were delighted to bring in the New Year at the party in Stonehaven Market Square.
On 1st April 2015, lead singer Ricky Ross said: "We are really looking forward to coming to Stonehaven ... it's a place I know quite well. When I was young I grew up in Dundee and used to come to lots of places along the east coast. I haven't been in Stonehaven for a long time and I am looking forward to coming back there and it's the first time ever we will be doing a gig there .
"We're not doing a lot of gigs this year so it's one of a few special gigs that we are doing and it will be a great way to round off this year and kick off next year which we think will be be quite a busy year for Deacon Blue"
OAITS had also booked top Beatles tribute band "Them Beatles" to join the bill.
The Deacon Blue line-up consists of vocalists Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh, keyboard player James Prime and drummer Dougie Vipond. The current Deacon Blue guitarist is Gregor Philp and the current bass guitarist is Lewis Gordon.
Their biggest hits include "Dignity" and "Real Gone Kid". As of 2012, Deacon Blue's total album sales stood at six million, with twelve UK Top 40 singles, along with two UK number one albums.
Last year they had a hugely-successful comeback tour and released their seventh studio album, A New House. They also performed at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games closing ceremony performing their anthem "Dignity".
The Stonehaven event - which is run by a volunteer committee - can attract up to 5,000 revellers and once again, because of the heavy costs involved, the organisers are always looking for grants and sponsors.
Unfortunately there will be no Open Air In The Square Event in 2016 due to lack of sponsorship
For updates on future Hogmanay event s see the new-look OAITS website on : www.oaits.co.uk