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Simple Minds announce 2020 world tour

Simple Minds

Story by Jack Foley

SIMPLE Minds celebrate 40 iconic years in music by embarking upon a major world tour in 2020.

Today, the band announce details of the tour’s European dates, which covers 38 shows across 12 countries and culminating with a homecoming show at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on April 25, 2020. It also includes a stop at London’s Wembley Arena.

Simple Minds are fronted by founder members Jim Kerr (vocals) and Charlie Burchill (guitar).

Tickets will go on sale from 9am on Friday, October 4 and will be available from

“Simple Minds are different now,” says Kerr. “We’re not a stock rock band, but we haven’t changed our line-up to be cool. We’ve done it because it’s great to have so many amazing players on board. I’m grateful for the career we’ve had, but I’m mad enough to think we can still hit new levels. This is what we do – write, record and play live.”

“The perception that we’re now gathering pace is down to our attitude to playing live,” adds Charlie Burchill. “There have been lots of different incarnations of Simple Minds, but we’ve always kept our identity. A legacy can be a burden if you allow it to be. For us, it’s been empowering.”

Simple Minds further mark their 40th anniversary celebrations with the release of the career-spanning compilation 40: The Best Of – 1979-2019 on November 1, 2019, via UMC.

Collating their early fan favourites with their era-defining hits and their essential recent material, the album is now available to pre-order.

The collection also includes a gloriously euphoric new track – a cover of King Creosote’s celebration of weekend revelry For One Night Only. In addition, the new live album, Live In The City of Angels, will be released this Friday and is also available to pre-order here.

The 2020 European tour dates are (all February, March and April)

28 – Norway, Stavanger, Zetlitz (Stavanger Konserthus)
29 – Norway, Bergen, Forum

2 – Norway, Oslo, Sentrum Scene
4 – Sweden, Gothenburg, Partille Arena
6 – Sweden, Stockholm, Annexet
8 – Sweden, Malmö, Live Concert Hall
10 – Denmark, Copenhagen, Store Vega
11 – Denmark, Herning, Concert Hall
14 – Germany, Münster, Halle Münsterland
15 – Germany, Cologne, Palladium
16 – Germany, Hamburg, Sporthalle
18 – Germany, Hannover, Swiss Life Hall
19 – Germany, Berlin, Columbiahalle
20 – Germany, Efrurt, Thüringenhalle
21 – Germany, Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena
23 – Germany, Offenbach, Stadthalle
24 – Germany, Erlangen, Heinrich-Lades-Halle
25 – Switzerland, Zürich, Hallenstadion
27 – Germany, Aurich, Sparkassen Halle
28 – Germany, Bremen, Pier 2
29 – Germany, Bielefied, Ringlokschuppen
31 – Germany, Freiburg, Musikklub

1 – Germany, Ravensburg, Oberschwabenhalle
2 – Germany, Saarbrücken, Saarlandhalle
4 – France, Paris, La Seine Musicale
6 – France, Bordeaux, Arkéa Arena
7 – France, Lyon, Halle Tony Garnier
8 – France, Lille, Zenith Arena
10 – The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome
11 – Belgium, Antwerp, Sportpaleis
14 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
15 – Bournemouth, International Centre
17 – The SSE Arena, Wembley
18 – Leeds, First Direct Arena
20 – Brighton, Centre
22 – Dublin, 3Arena
24 – Birmingham, Resorts World Arena
25 – Glasgow, The SSE Hydro