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Iconic Scottish band Simple Minds will be returning to Bimbadgen on 5 December for their 40 Years of Hits Tour 2020. They will be joined by special guests, UK electronic pioneers Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark for their first Australian tour since 1987, and will also feature Aussie chart-toppers Eurogliders.

“It’s been said that Simple Minds has a love affair with Australia and I think that’s true,” said Simple Minds frontman, Jim Kerr.

Simple Minds have sold more than 60 million albums, have been musical pioneers for 40 glittering years and have become one of the great bands of their generation, deploying rousing choruses and booming atmospherics to provide a sound that has endured the test of time.

It's no wonder the band loves Australia. Australia gave Simple Minds their first hit single, Love Song, and first gold album, New Gold Dream. A string of unforgettable hits followed, including Promised You A Miracle, Glittering Prize, Don’t You (Forget About Me), Alive and Kicking, Sanctify Yourself, Belfast Child and Let There Be Love.

“I cannot tell you how much fun we had during those six weeks,” Jim says of the bands first Australian tour (with Icehouse) in 1981.

“Going from nobodies to overnight success due to our appearance on Countdown. People were screaming for us to play encores. We’ve always had a wonderful bond with Australian audiences.”

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are acclaimed around the world for bringing avant-garde music into the mainstream. Led by Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys, the group is best-known for If You Leave, the smash hit from the classic teen movie Pretty In Pink.

Eurogliders was formed in Perth in 1980 by Grace Knight and Bernie Lynch and went on to conquer the Australian charts, with a string of pop gems, including Heaven (Must Be There), We Will Together and the aptly titled Can’t Wait To See You. This will be the first time Eurogliders have played with Simple Minds since the opening night of the Narara Music Festival in 1984.

Simple Minds with OMD and Eurogliders - this is a tour you won't want to miss! Tickets are on sale now – visit

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