Deacon Blue plan intimate charity gig

Lorraine mcintosh, deacon blue

The Scottish stars are set to play a unique show to support social enterprise The Glad Cafe, which needs to find £40,000 for a new roof

6th May 2019 by Gareth Jones 1 Comment

A Scottish super group are set to play an intimate gig to help support a not for profit venue.

Deacon Blue will perform an acoustic set in front of 120 fans at The Glad Cafe to support the social enterprise café’s Raise the Roof campaign on Sunday September 15.

The Glad Cafe and residents in the area are attempting to raise £40,000 to fix their "wrecked and leaky" roofs, stonework and guttering of their Pollokshaws Road building – and they hope to receive further grants to cover half the refurbishment costs.

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.”

The Shawlands venue announced the show on Facebook, adding: "We're forever indebted to Deacon Blue for this gracious act of kindness and their solidarity with the grassroots music scene in Scotland."

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.

Tickets priced £100 will go on sale tomorrow and a crowdfunding campaign to support the Glad will also be launched.

8th May 2019 by maxxmacc

It's no wonder they're called the Glad Cafe. I don't see how they can be classed as a Not For Profit organisation - seems unfair to the competition. As far as I can see they are a cafe/pub/music venue. They should pay their way the same as all the others have to.