Simple Minds will host the Princes Street Gardens benefit for an appeal to help Ukrainian children

Jim Kerr, the leader of Simple Minds. Photo Jochen Luebke/DDP/AFP via Getty Images)

The band will perform in aid of UNICEF’s Ukraine Appeal at Princes Street Gardens in August.

Simple Minds will perform every track from their groundbreaking New Gold Dream album, plus a host of their best-known hits, on August 13th.

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The band was already scheduled to hold a show at the same venue the night before, which was originally scheduled to be held in 2020 but was postponed twice by the Covid pandemic.

Both concerts will take place a decade after Simple Minds headlined Hogmanay’s ‘Concert in the Gardens’ in Edinburgh at the same venue.

UNICEF has warned that 7.5 million children have been put at risk by the conflict in Ukraine.

Its appeal website states: “More than 3 million people have now fled Ukraine, and that number is expected to rise to 5 million.

“Homes, schools, water supplies and hospitals have been damaged or destroyed. Children were separated from their families and hundreds of thousands of people were left without drinking water, electricity or water. Explosives, including landmines, are a daily threat to children’s lives. two shows under Edinburgh Castle in August.

“This second show on August 13 will not only be a special show to raise funds for UNICEF, but Simple Minds, who are celebrating 40 years of hits this year, will also be playing their much-loved and beloved New Gold Dream album in full. revered., as well as some of their well-known hits like Don’t You (Forget About Me) and Waterfront.

A statement from the band about the benefit concert said: “We can think of no better way to bring our forthcoming UK/European tour to a climax than to perform not one but now two shows at Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh.

“We aim to make the extra show even more special for our fans by playing a unique performance in its entirety.

on August 13 of our career milestone New Gold Dream. All proceeds from this show will go to UNICEF.

Princes Street Gardens will be used for pop and rock concerts for the first time in three years this summer.

Simply Red, Michael Kiwanaka, Travis and Sir Tom Jones also play shows as part of the ‘Edinburgh Summer Sessions’ series.

DF Concerts are also hosting an 8,000 capacity concert series at Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Showground in June, with Madness, Fatboy Slim, Snow Patrol, James, 50 Cent and Biffy Clyro in the lineup so far.

The company will also relaunch its Connect Festival in Ingliston in August. Massive Attack, Mogwai, The Chemical Brothers, Little Simz, Idlewild, and The Twilight Sad have all been confirmed so far.

DF Concerts have also just announced that Stereophonics will be playing a showpiece gig at their new Dundee Summer Sessions event in June. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have already been announced for the event, which will be held at Slessor Gardens on the town’s seafront.

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