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- 04/02/2022Find ticketsBonus Arena, Hull - Hull Simply Red Feb 04 2022 18:00Friday 18:00Bonus Arena, Hull - HullSimply RedLow Availability
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- 06/02/2022Find ticketsAO Arena - Manchester Simply Red Feb 06 2022 19:30Sunday 19:30AO Arena - ManchesterSimply RedLow Availability
- 08/02/2022Find ticketsUtilita Arena Newcastle - Newcastle Upon Tyne Simply Red Feb 08 2022 19:30Tuesday 19:30Utilita Arena Newcastle - Newcastle Upon TyneSimply RedLow Availability
- 09/02/2022Find ticketsFirst Direct Arena - Leeds Simply Red Feb 09 2022 18:00Wednesday 18:00First Direct Arena - LeedsSimply Red
- 11/02/2022Find ticketsOVO Hydro - Glasgow Simply Red Feb 11 2022 18:30Friday 18:30OVO Hydro - GlasgowSimply Red
- 12/02/2022Find ticketsM&S Bank Arena Liverpool - Liverpool Simply Red Feb 12 2022 18:00Saturday 18:00M&S Bank Arena Liverpool - LiverpoolSimply RedLow Availability
- 13/02/2022Find ticketsResorts World Arena - Birmingham Simply Red Feb 13 2022 18:00Sunday 18:00Resorts World Arena - BirminghamSimply RedLow Availability
- 15/02/2022Find ticketsBournemouth International Centre - Bournemouth Simply Red Feb 15 2022 18:00Tuesday 18:00Bournemouth International Centre - BournemouthSimply RedLow Availability
- 16/02/2022Find ticketsBournemouth International Centre - Bournemouth Simply Red Feb 16 2022 18:00Wednesday 18:00Bournemouth International Centre - BournemouthSimply RedLow Availability
- 17/02/2022Find ticketsMotorpoint Arena Nottingham - Nottingham Simply Red Feb 17 2022 18:00Thursday 18:00Motorpoint Arena Nottingham - NottinghamSimply RedLow Availability
- 19/02/2022Find ticketsThe O2 - London Simply Red Feb 19 2022 18:00Saturday 18:00The O2 - LondonSimply RedLow Availability
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- 22/02/2022Find ticketsThe Brighton Centre - Brighton Simply Red Feb 22 2022 18:30Tuesday 18:30The Brighton Centre - BrightonSimply RedLow Availability
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- 24/02/2022Find ticketsMotorpoint Arena Cardiff - Cardiff Simply Red Feb 24 2022 18:30Thursday 18:30Motorpoint Arena Cardiff - CardiffSimply RedLimited Availability
- 02/06/2022Find ticketsBotanic Gardens - Belfast Simply Red Jun 02 2022 20:00Thursday 20:00Botanic Gardens - BelfastSimply Red
- 11/06/2022Find ticketsThe Embankment - Peterborough Simply Red Jun 11 2022 17:00 On partner siteSaturday 17:00The Embankment - PeterboroughSimply RedOn partner site
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- 17/06/2022Find ticketsHop Farm - Kent Simply Red Jun 17 2022 17:00 On partner siteFriday 17:00Hop Farm - KentSimply RedOn partner site
The soulful Mick Hucknall-fronted outfit
Born in Manchester, Mick Hucknall began his music career in the late ’70s by joining a punk band called The Frantic Elevators. The quartet broke up in 1984, with their last single Holding Back The Years garnering critical acclaim.
In 1985, Hucknall began to assemble local musicians and soon after formed Simply Red, a six-piece named for his red hair and love of Manchester United. The group was immediately signed by Elektra Records and released a few low-charting singles as well as their debut album Picture Book, which contained a new version of The Frantic Elevators’ Holding Back The Years. When that song was re-released in 1986 it became a major hit, peaking at No.2 in the UK and No.1 in the US and Ireland. Picture Book also received a BRIT nomination that year for Best British Album.
Inspired by artists like Aretha Franklin and The Clash, Simply Red went on to score a string of hit singles in the late ’80s and ’90s, with their unique blend of soul, pop, reggae and New Romantic music. They released six albums, with 1991’s Stars – on which Hucknall wrote all the songs – going on to win an Ivor Novello award for Best Songwriter of the Year and a BRIT Award for Best British Band.
Among Simply Red’s biggest hits from this time period were For Your Babies, If You Don’t Know Me By Now, The Right Thing, Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye, It’s Only Love and Something Got Me Started as well as the title track Stars and their only No.1-charting single, 1995’s Fairground.
Simply Red’s first album of the new millennium was 2003’s Home put out on Hucknall’s newly launched record label Simplyred.com. Its singles included Sunrise, Fake and a cover of Thom Bell and Linda Creed’s You Make Me Feel Brand New that peaked at No.7 on the UK singles chart.
Over the years, Simply Red’s line-up went through numerous changes with Hucknall and long-serving saxophonist Ian Kirkham remaining the only constant figures. Since 2003, however, much of the line-up has remained consistent, rounded out by Kenji Suzuki on guitar, Dave Clayton on keyboards, Steve Lewinson on bass, Roman Roth on drums and Kevin Robinson on trumpet.
Two more albums followed in the noughties – 2005’s Simplified and 2007’s Stay featuring its No.7-charting title track – with the compilation Simply Red: 25 The Greatest Hits arriving in 2008.
Although the band split in 2010, Hucknall reformed Simply Red again in 2015, signed with East West Records and released the album Big Love. They also embarked on a 30th anniversary tour.
Simply Red unveiled their 12th album, Blue Eyed Soul, in 2019. Recorded at Mark Knopfler’s British Grove studios in London, the raw, brassy collection of songs boasted hits like the funk-fuelled Thinking Of You and the sensual ballad Tonight. To support the album, Simply Red announced a UK tour that was rescheduled to February 2022.
In October 2021, the band also released Simply Red Remixed Vol. 1 (1985-2000) featuring remixed versions of classic tracks.
Simply Red reschedules dates
The group have announced that they're moving their autumn Blue Eyed Soul Tour to early 2022. Original tickets remain valid for rescheduled dates.
Simply Red are taking their Blue Eyed Soul Tour across the UK from 4 – 24 February 2022.
Simply Red will be visiting the following UK cities in 2022:
- Hull (for two shows)
- Bournemouth (for two shows)
- London (for two shows)
- Brighton (for two shows)
Tickets for Simply Red’s 2022 tour dates are on sale now. Original tickets remain valid for rescheduled dates.