Simply Red Edinburgh: Princes Street Gardens concert stage times, support, setlist and how to get there

Simply Red are coming to the Capital as part of Edinburgh Summer Sessions 2022 – here’s everything you need to know ahead of the gig.

Fronted by Mick Hucknall, Simply Red will play an open-air show at the Ross Bandstand in Princes Steet Gardens, Edinburgh, on Tuesday, August 9.
Fronted by Mick Hucknall, Simply Red will play an open-air show at the Ross Bandstand in Princes Steet Gardens, Edinburgh, on Tuesday, August 9.

Fronted by Mick Hucknall, Simply Red will play an open-air show at the Ross Bandstand in Princes Steet Gardens on Tuesday (August 9).

During the 80s and 90s, the Manchester-formed outfit were one of the world’s biggest bands, selling over 60 million albums, with five going to No.1 in the UK alone.

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Speaking about his unmistakable vocal sound, Hucknall said recently: “I always want to push my voice a little harder, challenge it a little bit, give myself something to really sing to.

Edinburgh Summer Sessions venue layout.

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    “It’s deepened a little bit, but I’ve kept the high end, so I can still hit those notes. Singing is pure pleasure to me.”

    Fans attending the Edinburgh show can expect Simply Red to perform a catalogue of well-loved hits including Something Got Me Started, Fairground, Holding Back The Years, and If You Don’t Know Me By Now.

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    Tracks from the two-time Brit Award-winning band’s 1991 album Stars – which was the best-selling LP for two years running in the UK and Europe – will also get an airing.

    Who is the support act?

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    Tik-Tok sensation Nati Dredd has built a massive following for her covers, which include old folk classics, Scottish Gaelic songs and pop songs.

    The young Scottish singer has also been working with acoustic folk-rock troubadour Newton Faulkner on a virtual live event as well as releasing her own original music.

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    Speaking ahead of what will be the biggest gig of her burgeoning music career, she said: “What an honour, what a start to the week and what a show it's gonnae be.”

    What are the stage times?

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    The exact stage times are still to be confirmed.

    Gates open – 6pm

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    Curfew – 10:45pm

    Setlist

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    While it’s impossible to predict exactly what tracks Simply Red will perform, setlists from the band’s recent outdoor gigs included the following…

    So Not Over You

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    Never Never Love

    For Your Babies

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    Holding Back The Years

    Enough

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    A New Flame

    Your Mirror

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    Night Nurse

    Fake

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    Thrill Me

    It's Only Love

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    Come to My Aid

    Stars

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    Sunrise

    Something Got Me Started

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    Fairground

    Money's Too Tight (To Mention)

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    Ain't That a Lot of Love

    If You Don't Know Me by Now

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    Are tickets still available?

    Some tickets are still available for the show.

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    Outer Bowl Ticket - £55.45 each

    Inner Bowl Ticket - £75.90 each

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    VIP Ticket - £98.40 each

    Tickets can be purchased here

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    Event information

    Cash will not be accepted at any bars, box office, or merchandise points, only chip and pin or contactless payments. There will be no ATMs onsite.

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    Age Restrictions:

    No under 12s. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult 21 and over (1 adult minimum per 4 persons under 16).

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    Entry:

    There are two main entrances to the site:

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    - Princes Street at The Mound to the East of the site

    - Princes Street at St Cuthbert Parish Church to the West of the site

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    - Please familiarise yourself with the site layout here.

    - The Box Office is located at the entrance on The Mound.

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    - Please utilise either entrance when you arrive.

    - Chairs, umbrellas, bags larger than A3, and more are prohibited from the site.

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    Getting There:

    Fans are reminded there is no parking onsite at Princes Street Gardens.

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    Bus:

    There are many bus operators who pick up and drop off nearby Princes Street Gardens

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    Train:

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    Edinburgh Waverley and Edinburgh Haymarket train stations are a short walk away from Princes Street Gardens - www.scotrail.co.uk

    Early weather forecast

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    Scottish outdoor summer shows are always hostages to the weather. But the good news is Edinburgh is set for a week of fine weather.

    Tuesday, although cloudy, will see the temperature rise, with highs of 23C and lows of 17C.

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    Again there is little chance of rain, but cloud cover will see the sun rarely in view.

    By the time of the gig, the temperture will still be around 20C.

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