Simple Minds, The Pretenders and Very Special Guest KT Tunstall to perform GRANDSLAM 2018


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Simple Minds, The Pretenders and Very Special Guest KT Tunstall to perform GRANDSLAM 2018

Global icons Simple Minds and The Pretenders continue to enjoy outstanding musical journeys and phenomenal worldwide success. They now come together on the same stage for the first time since Live Aid to present a unique opportunity to see both bands as they tour throughout the UK in 2018. Celebrating new albums, Simple Minds and The Pretenders will perform their classic hits, that have made them such a distinctive part of our musical heritage, as well as new material at outdoor venues all over the UK in 2018. Add to this ground breaking and exclusive tour, as very special guest, KT Tunstall is confirmed to join the tour. Since taking time out and unleashing her new invigorated album this summer, KT was searching for the next chapter in her musical career. Bringing her unique style and warmth to a legion of loyal fans, as she enchants and engages with every song. KT Tunstall promises to help Simple Minds & The Pretenders take GRANDSLAM 2018 by the horns and fans on a musical journey to remember. A sensational line up of three unique artists making GRANDSLAM 2018 THE ticket of the year! Click here to buy tickets


Simple Minds celebrate the release of their new album ‘Walk Between Worlds’ in February 2018, in advance of the tour and prepare to deliver classic hits and tracks from the new album, certain to delight fans.

One of the most successful and influential British bands ever, Simple Minds have been creating their extraordinary, inventive, adventurous, and highly influential soundscape for almost 40 years. They have achieved six no.1 albums in the UK, as well as hitting the top spot in countless other territories including Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Since forming in Glasgow in the late 1970’s and named after a lyric from David Bowie's Jean Genie, the band have sold more than 70 million records worldwide and ‘Walk Between Worlds’ is their 17th album of new material.

On GRANDSLAM 2018, audiences will have the opportunity to see and hear Simple Minds revisit the many chapters of their storied career, taking in classic songs like Don't You (Forget About Me) and Alive & Kicking, Promised You A Miracle and Glittering Prize, Waterfront and Sanctify Yourself, and bringing things right up to date with the inclusion of tracks from the new album.

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 Jim Kerr. “That challenge is ongoing, and we will relish touring all over the UK next summer, getting up close to so many who have supported us over the years.”


“Chrissie Hynde still answers to no one and it’s a glorious sound”
Q Magazine

“Hynde is magnificent here – unapologetic and deferring to no one”
The Guardian

“A resounding affirmation of a still sharply tuned powerhouse”
The Mirror

The Pretenders latest album ‘Alone’ has been recently released to huge acclaim and tracks from the album will be performed on the tour, together with a catalogue of hits that have shaped the charts and influenced so many.

Reviews of ‘Alone’, the 10th and latest album to be released by The Pretenders and produced by Dan Auerbach have been phenomenal. A wonderfully exciting album, packing a punch as heavy as any of the many hits that were born out of The Pretenders stable over the years. Who can deny Stop your Sobbing, Brass In Pocket, Talk of the Town, I Go To Sleep, Back on the Chain Gang, 2000 Miles and I’ll Stand By You have not defined song writing and been the soundtrack to so many moments. A combination of new tracks and classic hits will ensure that when The Pretenders take to the stage, this will undoubtedly be one of the most exciting performances of the summer.

Formed in Hereford in 1978 The Pretenders line-up is Chrissie Hynde, Martin Chambers, Nick Wilkinson, James Walbourne and Carwyn Ellis. Over the years the line-up has altered and re shaped with Hynde and Chambers being the only original members. In 2005 The Pretenders were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame which is only one of the many accolades they have received during their illustrious career.

K T Tunstall

Scottish star KT Tunstall will also be joining Simple Minds and The Pretenders on GRANDSLAM 2018 as very special guest.

Scotland born and now Los Angeles based, KT Tunstall emerged with her 2004 classic debut Eye To The Telescope spawning such international hits as Black Horse and the Cherry Tree and Suddenly I See which won the Ivor Novello Award for ‘Best Song’ in 2006. That same year she won her first BRIT Award for ‘Best British Female Artist’, and earned Grammy and Mercury Prize nominations in 2007. KT has released five albums internationally, to date: Eye to the Telescope (2004), KT Tunstall’s Acoustic Extravaganza (2006), Drastic Fantastic (2007), Tiger Suit (2010), and Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon (2013). Her latest album, KIN, was reviewed as a “power-pop gem” by Rolling Stone. KT’s music has figured prominently in film and television including The Devil Wears Prada, Grey’s Anatomy, Winter’s Tale and many more.

GRANDSLAM 2018 with Simple Minds and The Pretenders with very special guest KT Tunstall:

Friday 3 August – Millennium Square, Leeds* Pretenders and Special Guest only
Saturday 4 August – Kent Event Centre, Maidstone
Sunday 5 August – Cyfarthfa Park, Merthyr Tydfil
Friday 10 August – AJ Bell Stadium, Salford
Saturday 11 August – Millennium Square, Leeds *Simple Minds and KT Tunstall only
Saturday 18 August – Butts Park Arena, Coventry
Sunday 19 August – Emirates Riverside, Durham
Saturday 25 August – Riverside Park, Newark
Sunday 26 August – Colchester Castle Park, Colchester
Monday 27 August – Trent Country Park, Enfield
Friday 31 August – Lydiard Park, Swindon

Saturday 1 September – South of England Event Centre, Ardingly
Sunday 2 September – Taunton Racecourse, Taunton
Saturday 8 September – Northern Meeting Park, Inverness
Sunday 9 September – Slessor Gardens, Dundee

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Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE, CEO of LHG Live, Promoter said: “GRANDSLAM 2018 with Simple Minds, The Pretenders and KT Tunstall is going to be the standout ticket of the summer. This is a unique musical moment. Let’s take a minute to recognise just how unique. These three artists never disappoint; for decades Simple Minds and The Pretenders have been delighting fans across the world and with KT Tunstall joining them as their very special guest, fans across the UK are certainly in for a treat! Three amazing artists with superb pedigrees and an arsenal of hits, what a great summer!”

*Tickets for GRANDSLAM 2018 are priced from:

£37.50 + booking fee (Bronze General Admission)

£45.00 + booking fee (Silver Enclosure)

£60.00 + booking fee (Golden Circle)

*Leeds Millennium Square prices will vary

Tickets are available here

Limited Accessible Tickets are available from

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Artist Links:

Simple Minds

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The Pretenders


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KT Tunstall


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Promoter – LHG Live, part of the well-known Liz Hobbs Group, is the UK’s leading producer of ‘music with sport’; one of the country’s premier producers and promoters of a range of outdoor and indoor music events, and a key developer of music partnerships with British sport.

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