BELFAST singer Duke Special is making a big return to his favourite venue for a string of intimate shows. But the star, known to family and friends as Peter Wilson, said he learnt a lesson last time and won’t be doing the shows over consecutive nights.
In 2008 Duke, 42, performed five shows over five nights each with their own unique themes giving fans a different performance each night.
However, the songwriter said this time he’s spreading the shows out. He added: “It was 5 and a half years ago that myself and some illustrious friends embarked on five concerts on five consecutive nights at Belfast’s Empire, each night with a different theme.
“It nearly killed me. This year I intend to return to the Empire for another series of concerts, slightly more spread out.
“The first will be on Wednesday 27th February and the theme on this occasion will be Songs from the Deep Forest and the 3 EPs, essentially, the first four recordings.
“The night will include guests and Songs From The Deep Forest performed in its entirety as well as dipping into Lucky me, My Villain Heart and Your Vandal.
“The 2nd night will be on Wednesday 29th April and we will be releasing more information about that show closer to the time.”
Recently Duke was convicted of careless driving after being caught speeding at 116mph in County Louth.
However, although the singer didn’t lose his licence, he’s hoping the announcement of his latest string of gigs throughout the UK and Ireland will help put the experience behind him.
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