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MCD Presents
Simple Minds
with special guest KT Tunstall
The Olympia Theatre
Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th June 2017

**Limited number of tickets on sale NOW**


Simple Minds will be taking their new album SIMPLE MINDS ACOUSTIC (out now) on the road in June 2017. The tour will see them perform a career spanning collection of songs acoustically for the very first time. The band play Dublin’s Olympia Theatre with fully seated shows on Wednesday 7th June, and have now added a second show on Thursday 8th June due to demand.

Tickets priced from €58.70 including booking fee & €1 restoration levy on sale NOW via, usual Ticketmaster outlets nationwide (list here) including The Olympia Theatre Box Office, and by calling Ticketmaster at The Olympia Phone Bookings on 0818 719 330.

Please note, Upper Circle unreserved seats only available now for both shows, selling fast so buy now to avoid disappointment.

The fees for this event include a €1.00 restoration levy. The restoration levy will allow The Olympia Theatre to invest in maintaining and enhancing the theatre to ensure that it continues to consistently deliver the highest quality experience for theatre goers, actors, performers & producers.

Under 14's must be accompanied by an adult, Over 18's ID required to gain access to the bars where alcohol is served. 

Approximate stage times as follows: doors open 7pm, special guest KT Tunstall due onstage around 8pm, with Simple Minds due on stage around 9pm. We expect the show to be over around 10.30pm/11pm. Please note, times are subject to change as always and should be used as a guideline only.


This follows several years in which the band has gone from strength-to-strength, becoming more relevant than ever; their 2014 album BIG MUSIC received across the board praise, with MOJO magazine declaring it “their best album in 30 years”. SIMPLE MINDS ACOUSTIC continues the band’s artistic quest with a one-off album release of stripped down and re-imagined songs spanning their eclectic and illustrious career.  

On SIMPLE MINDS ACOUSTIC the band have found a way of doing the acoustic thing without losing their essence, and a dozen Simple Minds songs loved by millions now sound, more organic and even more likely to leave a lasting imprint. The synths are no more – but the Celtic soul remains.

The fact that the album sessions entailed a sentimental return to their Glasgow roots for Jim and guitarist Charlie Burchill helped, with some songs recorded in Gorbals Studio, a former railway workers’ social club located a stone’s throw from the high-rise estates of the city’s South Side where the pair took their first musical steps. It was in this building that Jim and Charlie played their first gig, as teenagers in a school glam-rock band, and emotions were understandably high on their return.

The genesis of Simple Minds Acoustic can be traced back to a rare live session the band recorded for the Chris Evans Breakfast Show in September 2014, promoting their 16th studio album, BIG MUSIC. The reaction, to the band’s surprise, was overwhelmingly favourable.

With this in mind, the band began 2016 by putting together an acoustic set for the Zermatt Unplugged Festival in the Swiss Alps. Having spent weeks working on meticulously layered acoustic arrangements of their best-loved songs for that 90-minute performance, they began hatching plans to record them. With Jim and Charlie augmented by regular bassist Ged Grimes, backing vocalist Sarah Brown, acoustic guitarist Gordy Goudie and percussionist Cherisse Osei, they temporarily halted the recording of the forthcoming sequel to BIG MUSIC – an album that is ‘anything but acoustic’ – and gave their complete commitment to an all-encompassing acoustic project. The recorded versions stick to many of the ideas forged for that Swiss show, with the synthetic sounds of old replaced with warmer effects.

As a group who formed in the punk era and found their mojo through a shared love of Bowie, Kraftwerk and electronic dance, Simple Minds are not natural acoustic adventurers, but they have done a remarkable job here, adding fresh nuance to brilliant songs without trampling on sacred memories.

Simple Minds career has seen them be responsible for some of the most innovative and enduring anthems in rock music and are widely regarded as one of the best live bands in the world. On taking Simple Minds Acoustic on the road Jim Kerr says:

"The concert stage is where Simple Minds do their best work, it is where we forged our distinctive live reputation.  For that reason we look forward immensely to taking Simple Minds Acoustic out on tour.

Don't be fooled by the acoustic tag however! These shows will be as energetic and passionate as ever.”

Simple Minds & KT Tunstall

On what the audience will expect, Jim continued:

“With a great live line - up and a setlist full of iconic Minds songs, it is bound to be a unique and memorable experience for both band and fans. See you there!”

SIMPLE MINDS ACOUSTIC is available now on CD, Digital Download and streaming services. The heavyweight vinyl LP was released on 25th November 2016.

Scotland born and Los Angeles based, KT Tunstall emerged with her 2004 debut ‘Eye To The Telescope’ and soon after won a BRIT Award, an Ivor Novello Award and earned Grammy and Mercury Prize nominations. Since then her music has figured prominently in film and television. KT’s critically acclaimed new album, KIN is out now.


1.   The American

2.   Promised You A Miracle (featuring KT Tunstall)

3.   Glittering Prize

4.   See The Lights

5.   New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)

6.   Someone Somewhere In Summertime

7.   Waterfront

8.   Sanctify Yourself

9.   Chelsea Girl

10. Alive And Kicking

11. Don’t You (Forget About Me)

12. Long Black Train


13.          Stand By Love

14.          Speed Your Love To Me

15.          Light Travels


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