BBC Radio 2 to air Simple Minds concert
Simple Minds will perform a special BBC Radio 2 In Concert on Thursday 10 November at Hackney Empire, London.
The performance, which will be their only UK show in 2016, will be live from 8pm on BBC Radio 2, as well as available to watch live on the BBC Red Button and online. Earlier in the day, listeners will be able to hear exclusive tracks from Simple Minds soundcheck on Ken Bruce’s show.
Lead Singer of Simple Minds, Jim Kerr, said: “There could be no better way to premier our Simple Minds Acoustic set than performing at the beautiful and intimate Hackney Empire. It won’t be that intimate however. Because thanks to BBC Radio 2 – the whole world can of course listen in! So please make sure that you do.”
Jeff Smith, Head of Music BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, said: “I’m delighted Simple Minds are performing this very exclusive concert for Radio 2 – their only show in the UK this year. We know how much our audience loved the re-imagination of Status Quo’s songs live In Concert a couple of years ago when I asked them to deliver their songs without electric guitars. I think it will be an equally rare treat to hear acoustic arrangements of some of Simple Minds’ best-loved songs performed live for the Radio 2 audience, as well as for all those watching online at bbc.co.uk/radio2 and on the BBC Red Button.”
The winter season of BBC Radio 2 In Concert kicked off in September with Van Morrison. Past concerts have featured Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Ed Sheeran, A-ha and Gregory Porter.