The much-loved Eighties act return after a 17-year absence...

Much loved Eighties outfit Dexys Midnight Runners are set to reform and tour the UK later this year.

The band, who topped the UK singles chart twice – with ‘Geno’ in 1980 and ‘Come On Eileen’ in 1982 – split up in 1986 shortly after the release of third album ‘Don’t Stand Me Down’.

A full UK theatre tour is scheduled for October and November this year, with the band, which so far includes original members Kevin Rowland, Pete Williams and Lucy Morgan, scheduled to play London’s Royal Festival Hall on November 10.

Kevin Rowland was quoted recently as saying the band wanted to bring a “theatrical edge” to the tour.

A new greatest hits album compiling all the band’s classic singles will precede the tour in September. Two new tracks – ‘Manhood’ and ‘My Life In England (Part One)’ – will be included in the collection and are tipped for release as singles.

A new biography of the band, ‘Let’s Make This Precious’, is to be published by Virgin Books later this year.