DEACON Blue will headline an award-winning island festival.

The Scottish band, known for big hits including Dignity, will perform at the Hebridean Celtic Festival, to take place in Stornoway in July next year, as part of a tour to mark their 30-year career.

The event, which has been named Festival of the Year at this year's Scottish Event Awards, brought in £2.2 million and helped safeguard 40 tourism-related jobs last year.

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HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan said: “This is a massive coup for HebCelt. Deacon Blue are a huge, iconic band whose music transcends age barriers and I can’t wait to see them on the festival stage.

“Next year’s tour will see them play some of their biggest ever shows and we are absolutely over the moon that they have chosen HebCelt to be part of this milestone in their career.”