Toploader to support Simple Minds at gig


With more than two million album sales and a string of top-20 hits, Toploader have been announced as the support act for Simple Minds in Alnwick this summer.

Their cover of King Harvest’s song Dancing in the Moonlight became a global hit and will be a highlight of their performance in the Pastures on Saturday, August 16.

Toploader formed in 1997 and achieved more than two million album sales and a string of top-20 hits both at home and abroad.

Their debut album, Onka’s Big Moka, sold more than a million copies and remained in the top five of the UK album chart for more than six months.

Their second album, Magic Hotel, reached number three in the UK albums chart.

Eastbourne’s favourite sons have come a long way since the release of the hauntingly catchy Achilles Heel in 1999.

A top-five album, numerous festival headline slots, TV appearances and Dancing in the Moonlight have made them one of indie’s shining lights. Capable of funky blues-rock and soaring string balladry, just try resisting the urge to sing along and tap your feet.

Toploader’s live career began playing with the likes of Coldplay and Muse in small venues across the UK.

They later went on to back the likes of Paul Weller, Robbie Williams and Bon Jovi, becoming the last British band to play the original Wembley Stadium.

They will be supporting the renowned Simple Minds when they come to Alnwick in August.

Tickets for the event are selling fast with capacity for around 6,000.

Gates for the event open at 5pm, with acts on stage from 6.30pm.

A firework finale will take place at 10.30pm to mark the end of the event.

Tickets, £35 and £20, are now available from KAL Music with further discounts for groups of 10 or more.

They can also be bought from Alnwick Playhouse on 01665 510785, Border Events on 01750 725480 and in person at the Alnwick Castle and Garden admissions point.

On the day, tickets will be £40 and £25 for children.

See next week’s Gazette for your chance to win one of 10 pairs of tickets to see Simple Minds and Toploader on Saturday, August 16.