Simple Minds

Simple Minds Live Tour in Cape Town & Johannesburg, South Africa

This Spring, Simple Mind's fans in Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa will have the opportunity to see and hear Simple Minds revisit the many chapters of their storied career and more on the Simple Minds Greatest Hits Live tour to South Africa. They will be playing 1 & 2 November 2013 at the Big Top Arena at Carnival City in Johannesburg and 3 November at Grand Arena at GrandWest Casino in Cape Town.

Simple Minds are arguably one of the best live bands in the world and over a thirty year career have been responsible for some of the most innovative and enduring anthems in rock music. The band scored a string of hit singles, and are best known for their 1985 hit "Don`t You (Forget About Me)" (UK #7, US #1), from the soundtrack of the John Hughes film The Breakfast Club. Their other more prominent hits include "Alive and Kicking" (UK #7, US #3) and "Belfast Child" (UK #1).

Simple Minds is Scotland`s most successful rock group to date. Having topped America`s Billboard chart, the Glasgow band have achieved six No.1 albums in the UK as well hitting the top spot in countless other territories including Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.

“One of the things I’m most proud of is that people say to me what Simple Minds are you talking about? The avant-garde, the art-rock, the pop, the ambient, the instrumental group, the political, the folk, the stadium band? We’ve been on one hell of a journey. To play all those different styles but at the same time be quintessentially Simple Minds is an amazing thing,” says frontman Jim Kerr.

Simple Minds have been many things to many people: sound scapers, sound-shapers, soundtrack makers, serial chart-toppers. They have influenced acts as diverse as the Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream, Moby and The Horrors. They have been sampled by Nicky Minaj, David Guetta, Joey Negro and Freddy Bastone. They have provided memorable movie moments for directors Christian Carion (L'Affaire Farewell), Gregor Jordan (The Informers), Cameron Crowe (Elizabethtown) and, of course, John Hughes (The Breakfast Club). They have topped the British charts half a dozen times, with the studio albums Sparkle In The Rain (1984), Once Upon A Time (1985) and Street Fighting Years as well as the Ballad Of The Streets EP (both 1989), the concert recording Live In The City Of Light (1987), and the compilation Glittering Prize 81/92, and returned to the UK Top Ten with Graffiti Soul, their most recent studio album, in 2009.

“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.

Time to celebrate the majesty of Simple Minds.

Simple Minds last performed in South Africa in 1995.

Simple Minds are Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Mel Gaynor, Andy Gillespie and Ged Grimes.

Simple Minds are live in South Africa in:


Date: Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November at 20:00
Venue: The Big Top Arena, Carnival City, Johannesburg
Tickets: R288 to R543

Cape Town

Date: Sunday 3rd November at 19:00
Venue: The Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino, 1 Vanguard Drive, Goodwood Cape Town
Tickets: R288 to R543

Tickets available at Computicket