SIMPLE MINDS

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BIG COUNTRY (FT. Richard Jobson) + HUE & CRY

Audley End, 11th Aug 2022

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SIMPLE MINDS

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BIG COUNTRY (FT. Richard Jobson) + HUE & CRY

+ Joanna Eden Band + Caesar


11th Aug 2022

Audley End

Simple Minds will perform a very special outdoor show in the grounds of Audley End in Saffron Walden, Essex, as part of this summer’s Heritage Live concert series.

The iconic group will perform on Thursday 11th August 2022, set to the stunning backdrop of one of England’s grandest mansions in the heart of the stunning Essex countryside. Very special guests for the evening will be Big Country with special guest The Skids’ frontman Richard Jobson, Hue and Cry, Joanna Eden Band and Caezar.

Simple Minds have been musical pioneers for 40 glittering years. Capturing the mood of the post-punk era, when the angry sounds of 1977 were splintering into a thousand different shapes, they emerged with a style rooted in the art-rock of David Bowie and the electronic dance of Donna Summer.

They went on to become one of the great bands of their generation, deploying rousing choruses and booming atmospherics to provide a soundtrack that has endured. They topped the American chart with ‘Don't You (Forget About Me)’ and followed suit in the UK with ‘Belfast Child’. In selling over 60 million records, they have seen three of their 20 studio albums reach number one in the UK – ‘Sparkle In The Rain’, ‘Once Upon A Time’ and ‘Street Fighting Years’ – a chart-topping feat equalled by their live album ‘Live In The City Of Light’ and the compilation ‘Glittering Prize’.

A spellbinding touring band, they have graced the world's biggest stadiums. They starred at Live Aid and played three momentous London shows in honour of Nelson Mandela. The past decade has also seen a remarkable resurgence, their world-class credentials acknowledged by a Q magazine Inspiration award in 2014 and an Ivor Novello in 2016.

They are now marking their 40th anniversary with a world tour, live album and career-spanning compilation. As their recent albums ‘Big Music’, ‘Simple Minds Acoustic’ and ‘Walk Between Worlds’ have shown, they remain a band touched by magic – willing to experiment while remaining true to their original instincts.

Big Country were originally formed in 1981 and broke massively worldwide with the release of classic singles ‘Fields Of Fire’, ‘Chance’ and signature song ‘In A Big Country’, which went on to become massive worldwide hits, selling over 2 million copies and drove debut album ‘The Crossing’ to three prestigious Grammy nominations in the USA.

Further hit singles including ‘East Of Eden’, ‘Just a Shadow’, ‘Where The Rose Is Sown’ cemented their place as icons of anthemic music.

They will be joined at Audley End House & Gardens by Richard Jobson, frontman of pioneering Scottish punk band the Skids. Jobson, who is also a TV presenter, co-founded The Skids with Big Country co-founder Stuart Adamson, who passed away in 2001.

Brothers Patrick and Gregory Kane formed Hue and Cry in 1983 and the duo made a huge impact in the late 80’s with the albums ‘Seduced and Abandoned’ and ‘Remote’, as well as massive hit singles such as ‘Labour of Love.’

The band have sold tens of thousands of concert tickets worldwide, as well as performing alongside some of the greatest artists in music history, appearing with U2, James Brown, Madonna, Al Green and Van Morrison to name but a few. The duo were recognised by their peers when they were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Scottish Music Awards.

Opening the show will be Saffron Walden’s own Joanna Eden Band. Described by Time Out as ‘The UK’s answer to Diana Krall and Norah Jones’, Joanna Eden has performed her jazz influenced original music all over the world and supported world-class artists including Jamie Cullum, the Buena Vista Social Club, Ronan Keating, and the Blockheads.

Caezar, who will open the show, were formed in 2017 by two former members of cult Scottish band The Silencers.

Tickets for the show will be available for those who have PRE-REGISTERED via this page (click the adjoining PRE-REGISTER BUTTON) on Wednesday 30th March at 9am, and then released to the General Public on Friday 1st April at 9am.

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RESERVED SEATING & VIP GUEST AREA

Reserved seating is available to purchase directly in front of the stage, in Blocks A-D.

Upon purchasing a seat in Block A of the Reserved Golden Circle seating area, you are are automatically entitled to use the VIP Guest Area, which includes the following facilities:-

> VIP toilets, VIP Bar (card payments only), unreserved additional relaxed seating areas, plus picnic benches scattered on the grass within the VIP compound, plus 'street artist' entertainment.

Please purchase all Golden Circle reserved seating via Ticketmaster.

CAR PARKING / TRANSPORT

Please note that car parking tickets can be purchased in advance when you book your concert ticket, via our many ticket agents. Car parking tickets can also be purchased on the night for £7 per car. Please be aware that the road infrastructure surrounding Audley End is very limited, so please allow plenty of time for your journey to and from the venue. Please be patient and respectful to our staff and neighbours. For more information, please refer to the GETTING HERE section of AUDLEY END.

ACCESS/ DISABLED CUSTOMERS

For discounted disabled tickets, please purchase your tickets via Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk. Please note that if you also require a space on our Disabled Viewing Platform (DVP) and/or a space in our disabled car parks, you MUST book this option when buying your concert tickets via Ticketmaster. Spaces on the DVP and within the Disabled Car Parks cannot be booked separately, or at a later date. Please note these tickets are sold on a first-come-first-served basis

Picnics, Camping Chairs & Alcohol

Please note that small picnics are permitted (with a sealed bottle of water) with small camping chairs. Alcohol and other drinks must be purchased on site. There will be an abundance of bars and food outlets on site.

CHILDREN

Children aged 14 and under may purchase a Child Ticket (proof may be required upon entry). All children must be accompanied by an adult. Under 5’s free (no ticket required

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?

Please note that small picnics are permitted (with a sealed bottle of water) with a blanket and small camping chair. Alcohol and soft drinks must be purchased on site. There will be an abundance of bars and food outlets on site. All tickets purchased for the Golden Circle are reserved seating directly in front of the stage. All tickets purchased as 'General Admission', are standing / sitting on grass. Deck chairs will be available to hire on the evening at £7 each. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. If relevant, Covid-19 guidance and regulations with regards to social distancing will apply. Please be aware that the road infrastructure surrounding Audley End is very limited, so please allow plenty of time for your journey to and from the venue. Please be patient and respectful to our staff and neighbours. Please note that the promoter has the right to change the supporting line-up.