Simple Minds, Rod Stewart announce Hunter Valley shows for summer 2020

IN DEMAND: Simple Minds will bring their 40th anniversary tour to Australia in 2020, with a show at Bimbadgen Estate on December 5.
IN DEMAND: Simple Minds will bring their 40th anniversary tour to Australia in 2020, with a show at Bimbadgen Estate on December 5.

The 2019-20 summer concert season is barely underway, and two international acts are already locked in to play in the Hunter Valley next summer.

Scottish new-wave royalty Simple Minds announced last Friday that they will be returning to Bimbadgen Estate on December 5, 2020, and on Monday it was revealed legendary singer-songwriter Sir Rod Stewart will be performing at Roche Estate on October 24 next year.

The last time Simple Minds played Bimbadgen in February 2017 there were genuine fears the show would be cancelled.

Thankfully, Simple Minds played and triumphed, despite the heat. And in 2020 frontman Jim Kerr, guitarist Charlie Burchill and co are returning to Australia to celebrate their 40-year anniversary with another A Day On The Green tour, plus two indoor shows.

Joining Simple Minds will be English synth-pop pioneers Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark for their first Australian tour since 1987 and '80s pop band Eurogliders.

Simple Minds' 40-year history is littered with some incredible highs. A US No.1 single in Don't You (Forget About Me) in 1985, a Wembley Stadium concert to mark Nelson Mandela's 70th birthday in 1988, seven top-five UK albums - including the undeniable classics Sparkle In The Rain (1983) and Once Upon A Time (1985) - and sales of 60 million records worldwide.

Tickets will be available via Frontier Touring.

LEGENDARY: Sir Rod Stewart will perform at Roche Estate, Pokolbin on October 24, 2020. Picture: Penny Lancaster

LEGENDARY: Sir Rod Stewart will perform at Roche Estate, Pokolbin on October 24, 2020. Picture: Penny Lancaster

Meanwhile, Sir Rod Stewart is this year celebrating 50 years as a solo artist.

One of the best-selling music artists of all time, Stewart has sold more than 250 million records worldwide during a stellar career that includes nine No.1 albums and 26 Top 10 singles in the UK, and 17 Top 10 albums and 16 Top 10 singles in the US.

Warner Music will honour the legendary singer-songwriter with a new album to be released on November 22. You're In My Heart: Rod Stewart with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra pairs classic vocal tracks from his most popular songs with new arrangements performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a singer and songwriter his many hits include You Wear It Well, You're in My Heart, Tonight's the Night, Gasoline Alley, Every Picture Tells a Story, Mandolin Wind, Sailing, The Killing of Georgie, Young Turks, Forever Young, Hot Legs, Infatuation, Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?, Some Guys Have All The Luck and Maggie May.

Stewart has earned countless of the industry's highest awards, among them, two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 2016 he officially became Sir Rod Stewart after being knighted at Buckingham Palace for his services to music and charity. He has performed for millions of fans on six continents, even holding the record for the largest-ever free concert, for an estimated 4.2 million in Rio de Janeiro on New Year's Eve in 1996.

Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday, November 22 via livenation.com.au.

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