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Jim Kerr brings Simple Minds to party at Alnwick Castle

Hit band with 35 years in music are to headline at Northumberland attraction

Simple Minds with Jim Kerr who will be playing The Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, in the summer
Simple Minds with Jim Kerr who will be playing The Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, in the summer

Eighties favourites Simple Minds have signed up for a summer concert at Alnwick Castle with tickets now on sale.

Led by Jim Kerr, the Scottish rockers have been going strong for 35 years and this August they’ll be hitting the road north.

The band was set up in 1977 and is best remembered for 1985 meg-hit Don’t You (Forget About Me) which also reached number one in the US charts.

Singer Kerr and guitarist and keyboard player Charlie Burc are the two remaining founder members,

Their Northumberland gig is part of a double bill that marks the return of the summer concerts in The Pastures at Alnwick Castle.

First up are Simple Minds on August 16 and fans can expect to revisit a string of Top 20 hits, including three number one successes from the band who continue to tour regularly.

Promoter Keith Louch, of KAL Music, said: “They are a superb live band and we are excited that they have agreed to perform at Alnwick.” The next night, August 17, will see a very different evening of music as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra present The Alnwick Family Proms Concert with a programme of popular classical pieces and film scores.

The Sunday family concert will start with an aerobatic display by an original Second World War Spitfire while the orchestra plays stirring pieces associated with the aircraft.

The evening will end with a traditional Proms flag-waving finale. Both nights will feature fireworks.

Gates will open at 5pm on both nights allowing time to enjoy a picnic first. There will also be on-site refreshment stalls and bars.

Tickets for the concerts are on sale now. Visit www.kalmusic.co.uk , www.alnwickcastle.com , www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk or www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

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