THE Divine Comedy will kick off 2017 in style as they embark on the second leg of their hugely successful UK and European tour.

It’s been a year to remember for the band with ‘Foreverland’ The Divine Comedy’s eleventh album, entering the UK charts at number seven in September, and number three in the Irish charts.

“Not bad for an old codger, eh?” joked frontman Neil Hannon.
In a message to fans, the Enniskillen man said he was “thrilled” by the news.

“That’s the highest we’ve ever had, not counting the Best Of.
“”But credit where credit is due. You guys!” he added in the message, “Profound thanks to each and every one of you who purchased my eleventh tome. You have made me the happiest man in all of County Kildare. Not to mention more confident that I’ll be able to keep doing this crazy job for many years to come. I look forward to seeing you all in person on our upcoming tour, which I hereby christen the ‘Forever-and-ever-land Tour’ because of its size.”

The tour, which kicked off in October takes the band right across the UK and Europe.
The next leg will begin in Paris on January 23 and conclude in Dublin on February 26.

A number of new dates have been added to the tour due to high demand.
And in further success, ‘Foreverland’ has been nominated for the Best Art Vinyl Award 2016.

“The award focuses on searching for the most creative and well-designed record cover of the year with nominations from a panel of highly respected music industry design experts and previous winners,” Neil explained, “We’re honoured to feature in the shortlist of 50 album covers that have been chosen for this prestigious accolade.”