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Maidstone: Simple Minds, The Pretenders and KT Tunstall will play Kent Event Centre in August

By Angela Cole

Rock band Simple Minds and The Pretenders will come together on the same stage this summer in Kent for the first time since Live Aid in the 80s.

The landmark date, topped off with the addition of special guest KT Tunstall, comes to the Kent Event Centre near Maidstone on Saturday, August 4.

The last time Simple Minds, led by Jim Kerr and The Pretenders, fronted by Chrissie Hynde, were on stage together was for the epic fundraising event, Live Aid, which was in 1985.

Simple Minds
Simple Minds

Simple Minds are set to release their new album Walk Between Worlds in February - their 17th of new material.

The band, whose classic hits include Don't You (Forget About Me) and Alive and Kicking have achieved six No.1 albums in the UK. Since forming in Glasgow in the late 1970s they have sold more than 70 million records worldwide. Walk Between Worlds’ is their 17th album of new material.

They will be playing hits from throughout their 40-year career. Jim said: “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.

"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.”

Pretenders will join Simple Minds and KT Tunstall at Kent Events Centre
Pretenders will join Simple Minds and KT Tunstall at Kent Events Centre

The Pretenders' latest album Alone is their 10th from the band who brought the world tunes including Stop your Sobbing, Brass In Pocket and I’ll Stand By You since forming in 1978. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, they will perform new material and some of their greatest hits on stage.

KT Tunstall will play the Kent Event Centre in the summer
KT Tunstall will play the Kent Event Centre in the summer

Now Los Angeles-based, Scottish star KT Tunstall emerged on the music scene in 2004 with her debut Eye To The Telescope spawning hits including Black Horse and the Cherry Tree and Suddenly I See, which won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song in 2006. Her music has featured in film and television including The Devil Wears Prada and Grey’s Anatomy.

Tickets for the Grandslam 2018 tour date at the Kent Event Centre at Detling near Maidstone cost from £37.50 for Bronze General Admission, £45 for the Silver Enclosure to £60 for Golden Circle tickets and go on sale on Wednesday, December 13 at 9am.

Book tickets here

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