Simply magic at Alnwick Pastures

They rocked Alnwick with music from across three decades, an amazing light show and a stunning set – Simple Minds won’t be forgotten about quickly.

With Alnwick Castle as the backdrop, the Scottish band, headed by lead singer Jim Kerr, belted out hits such as Alive and Kicking, Don’t You Forget About Me, Someone Somewhere in Summertime, Riders on a Storm and many more.

Pastures Concert 2014'Simple Minds

Pastures Concert 2014'Simple Minds

Supported by Toploader, who had the crowds Dancing in the Moonlight (and wind and rain) and singing along to Achilles Heel, the night was a huge success.

And for opening artist Ella Janes and her band it was the biggest gig they had ever played.

With a crowd of 5,500 flooding into the Pastures, concert organiser KALMusic hailed it a huge success.

Keith Louch, from the company, said: “Personally, I think it is the best concert that we have done, despite the weather. It didn’t put a damper on it and we are very happy. It went very well and the bands were happy with it all as well.”

Speaking after her time on stage, Ella Janes said: “It was fantastic. To be asked to play a gig like this is just amazing, it’s a fantastic opportunity for us and seeing all those smiling faces while we were on stage was brilliant.”

The concert has also given the town a boost with no rooms left at bed and breakfasts or hotels and streets flooded with people on Saturday and Sunday.

Alnwick town and county councillor Gordon Castle said: “Everyone I have spoken to said they thoroughly enjoyed it and that it was very well organised.

“It shows that the town can host high-class entertainment in a superb location and businesses can benefit.

“It was very busy all weekend and most of the businesses I have spoken to were very positive about things.”

The Stephen Carey Fund, this year’s Jam Jar Army beneficiary, held a collection on the night and raised £505. The event ended with a spectacular firework finale above Alnwick Castle.