IN PICTURES: Simple Minds kick off this year’s Heritage Live concerts at Audley End House & Gardens

Simple Minds have kicked off this summer’s Heritage Live concert series at Audley End House & Gardens.

The chart-topping Scottish rockers fronted by Jim Kerr headlined the English Heritage estate in Essex on Thursday night.

Caezar opened the show before Saffron Walden’s Joanna Eden Band made their usual appearance at Audley End.

Scottish pop duo Hue and Cry – brothers Pat and Greg Kane – then took the stage.

The main support was fellow Scottish band, Big Country, who were joined on stage by special guest Richard Jobson of The Skids.

Jobson co-founded The Skids with Big Country co-founder and frontman Stuart Adamson, who died in 2001.

In addition to playing Big Country hits such as look away, the band also performed The Skids’ In the valley.

Proving that they are still very Alive and healthy after more than 40 years in the business, the headliners of Simple Minds have mixed classic tracks such as Love song and Waterside with material from the upcoming new album Direction of the Heart, including act of love and last single Visual thing.

The Someone somewhere in the summer band, of course, also played a massive US number one hit Don’t forget me (forget me) of The breakfast club movie soundtrack.

Fans enjoyed the concert. One posted on Heritage Live’s Instagram page, “Fantastic day and evening, perfect venue, Simple Minds was awesome.”

Another wrote, “Absolutely brilliant. What a great afternoon/night of music. And all in a beautiful venue.”

The Bootleg Beatles, From The Jam with original member of The Jam Bruce Foxton and The Counterfeit Stones will all perform at Audley End today (Friday August 12).

Elbow and special guest Richard Hawley play at the stately home on Saturday, with organizers warning ticket holders of train strikes scheduled for August 13.

The Heritage Live website states: ‘We recommend that all clients check your itineraries before setting out and be prepared for increased traffic if coming by car.’

Sir Tom Jones and Shires support play Heritage Live on Sunday 14 August.

Photos from Simple Minds’ Heritage Live concert at Audley End

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