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Simple Minds

19 July 2014, 7.30pm to 10.30pm

With a string of hits including Don’t You (Forget About Me) and Alive & Kicking, Jim Kerr and his long-time collaborator Charlie Burchill brought their latest line-up to Kew the Music with music spanning from their first hits all the way to the present day.


Kew Gardens

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Simple Minds

Simple Minds will be rocking Kew on Saturday night.

Following the release last year of their greatest hits compilation, Celebration, Simple Minds revisited the many chapters of their storied career and more, in a fantastic, live, two-hour, greatest hits show.

Following their chart debut with the Life In A Day album in April 1979, Simple Minds recorded some of the most beguiling, inventive, adventurous music of the post-punk period. Many people discovered Simple Minds when they first appeared on Top Of The Pops to perform Promised You A Miracle in April 1982, or when Kerr graced the cover of pop bible Smash Hits the following year.

They have always been a formidable, vibrant, vital live band. Ecstatic reviews followed their most recent tour in 2013: 'Everybody loves them,' trumpeted Q and The Guardian piled on superlatives such as 'vital' and 'dazzling'.

'When we started Simple Minds, our objective was to be considered as one of the great live bands. A band that had the desire to go all around the world – playing everywhere and anywhere,' says Kerr. 'That challenge is ongoing and we will relish performing at Kew this year.'

Watch now

Here's a classic video from the stadium rockers - watch Don't You (Forget About Me).

Ben Montague

Ben Montague

Supported by: Ben Montague

Turn on the Radio and you will never be far away from hearing Ben Montague. He is undoubtedly one of the most talented singer song writer’s in the UK at present and since he burst onto the scene in late 2010 with his debut single Can’t Hold Me Down he has rarely left the airwaves and has regularly been touring.