Scottish rockers Del Amitri will travel to Orkney in January for special show

Scottish rockers Del Amitri will be travelling to Orkney in January to play a special show in conjunction with the Music Venue Trust and The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour.

The Trust represents thousands of grassroots venues and on Saturday, January 15 at Sound Archive in Kirkwall, Orkney, Justin Currie and the lads will entertain the locals.

Justin said: “Del Amitri are thrilled to be returning to Orkney for the first time since 1992 when we were bowled over by the scenery, hospitality and Highland Park flowing like water. It will be wonderful to play there again.”

Neil Stevenson, owner of Sound Archive said: “We are delighted to host Del Amitri as part of The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour. Being a small venue on an island we have struggled to get back on our feet since restrictions were lifted.

“This gig is a welcome boost for us at a traditionally quiet time of year, it’s a great bonus for both the venue and the gig going community on the island.

To be able to book Del Amitri is amazing for us as we would normally not be able to attract this level of band.”

Carl Barât, will also play an 11-date run as part of the project starting at Cambridge Junction on January 6.

He said: “This January I am excited to be playing grassroots venues around the UK as part of The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour. I’ll be playing some old favourites and showcasing some songs from my upcoming solo record in an intimate setting with some very special pals.

“Grassroots venues have always been vital, both culturally and also for upcoming artists. They need supporting more than ever right now.”

Also added is a double-header tour by Grandmas House & Panic Shack, plus tours by The Snuts, The Howl & The Hum, Marino & Mace The Great, Minas, Noah Bouchard, Yazmean and James & The Cold Gun.

Shows will be taking place across the country, with National Lottery players having a chance to bring a ‘plus one’ for free.

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This extension of The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour follows the overwhelming success of the inaugural tour during the summer.

It saw the National Lottery contribute £1M to directly underwrite the touring and production costs of hundreds of live performances, enabling the grassroots live music industry to start promoting shows again in the knowledge that the upfront costs associated with touring were fully covered.

Daily Record – Paisley