Simple Minds headline Heritage Live concert at Audley End

Iconic Scottish band Simple Minds will return to Audley End as part of this summer’s Heritage Live concert series.

The Jim Kerr-led band will perform on Thursday, August 11, backed by Big Country with special guest appearances by Skids frontman Richard Jobson, Hue and Cry, the Joanna Eden Band and Caezar.

Musical pioneers for 40 years, Simple Minds captured the vibe of the post-punk era, when the raging sounds of 1977 burst into a thousand different forms, they emerged with a style rooted in David’s art-rock Bowie and Donna Summer’s electronic dance.

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They became one of the great bands of their generation, rolling out catchy choruses and soaring atmospheres to provide a soundtrack for the 80s.

They topped the US charts with Don’t You (Forget About Me), from the classic Brat Pack film The Breakfast Club, and followed suit in the UK with Belfast Child.

Selling over 60 million records, they saw 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 matched by their live album Live In The City Of Light and the Glittering Prize compilation.

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Simple spirits live in the forest of Thetford. (55690433)

On tour, they graced the biggest stadiums in the world. They performed at Live Aid and played three memorable concerts in London in honor of Nelson Mandela.

The past decade has also seen a remarkable resurgence, with their world-class credentials recognized with an Inspiration Award from Q magazine in 2014 and an Ivor Novello in 2016.

They are now celebrating 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 – ready to experiment while staying true to their original instincts. They last appeared at Audley End in 2006.

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Richard Jobson, skates (55690621)

Big Country originally formed in 1981 and took the world by storm with the release of classic singles Fields Of Fire, Chance and signature song In A Big Country, which became massive global hits. selling over two million copies and led The Crossing’s debut album to three prestigious Grammy Award nominations in the United States.

Other hit singles including East Of Eden, Just a Shadow, Where The Rose Is Sown cemented their place as creators of anthemic music.

The band 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 died in 2001.


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

The band have sold tens of thousands of concert tickets worldwide, and have performed alongside some of the greatest artists in music history, appearing with U2, James Brown, Madonna, Al Green and Van Morrison to name a few. The duo received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Scottish Music Awards.

Saffron Walden’s Joanna Eden Band has been described by Time Out as “the UK’s answer to Diana Krall and Norah Jones”. Joanna has performed her original jazz-influenced music around the world and supported such headliners as Jamie Cullum, the Buena Vista Social Club, Ronan Keating and the Blockheads.

Joanna Eden
Joanna Eden

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

Tickets for the event will be available on presale on Wednesday March 30 at 9 a.m. and on general sale from Friday April 1 at 9 a.m. Register in advance at

The Heritage Live concert series at Audley End House & Gardens also includes Elbow on Saturday August 13 and Tom Jones on Sunday August 14.

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