All set to rock out at the Pastures

Simple Minds
Simple Minds

Concert fever is building as stages are set and sound-checks carried out ahead of the arrival of Simple Minds in Alnwick on Saturday.

The event, in the Pastures, is set to attract 6,000 revellers to an outdoor concert with Alnwick Castle in the backdrop.

With three decades of music behind them, the rock legends, made up of Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Mel Gaynor, Andy Gillespie and Ged Grimes, are set to storm the stage on Saturday night.

Lead vocalist Jim told the Gazette he was looking forward to performing at such an iconic location.

Playing favourites such as Don’t You Forget About Me and Alive and Kicking as well as songs from their latest albums, the audience are in for a good night of music.

Spectators will also get to see support act Toploader.

The ’90s group rose to fame with their cover of King Harvest’s US hit Dancing in the Moonlight and their first album, Onka’s Big Moka, remained in the top five of the UK album chart for six months.

Keith Louch, from promoters KAL Music, said: “The build period has begun and the weather forecast looks OK, so we’re definitely pleased about that.

“It appears that Saturday will be a dry day with sunshine so I think the large crowd can expect an enjoyable evening in The Pastures with great performances by both Simple Minds and their support act, Toploader.”

Tickets for the concert are selling fast, but are still available to buy in advance at £35 or £20 for children. On the gate, they will be £40 and £25.

Gates open at 5pm with the first act on stage from 6.30pm and a firework finale at 10.30pm.