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2022 ARTISTS

BIOGRAPHY

He’s got blue eyes and a soulful voice.

Blue Eyed Soul by Simply Red is the 12th album from Hucknall’s sleek multi-million selling groove machine. And it is the rawest, funkiest, dirtiest, brassiest and most purely 100 per cent soulful concoction of their stellar career. The album was recorded at Mark Knopfler’s British Grove studios in London, where the Rolling Stones recently made their acclaimed Blue & Lonesome. “It’s a wonderful room to record in the old style, where you count off the track and go for it. I was in a booth, the band were all set up, 1-2-3-4 and off we go. All pretty much live takes, with overdubs here and there.”

In recent years, Hucknall could regularly be seen making guest appearances singing with Van Morrison, Quincy Jones, Bill Wyman’s Blues Band and Charlie Watts Big Band. In the past, he has sung with late blues legend B.B. King and between 2009 and 2011 replaced Rod Stewart as vocalist in a reunited line up of his childhood heroes The Faces. “Singing is my work but I love it so much, I don’t even think of it as a job. It’s a way of life. Through good times and bad, it is a deep, fundamental love of music that has kept me going.”


Simply Red have over a billion hits on You Tube, have sold over 60 million albums worldwide, 5 going to number one in the UK. Their 1991 classic Stars was the best-selling album for two years running in Britain and Europe. They have had two US Billboard chart toppers with classic singles Holding Back The Years and If You Don’t Know Me By Now. Every Simply Red studio album has been a UK top ten (with previous release Big Love reaching number 4 in 2015). Hucknall has been the songwriter and bandleader since the beginning in 1985, aided since 1986 by long-serving saxophonist Ian Kirkham. The current line-up of Simply Red has remained consistent since 2003. “I wouldn’t like to say I am Simply Red but obviously, as the singer and songwriter, there couldn’t be a band without me. I love the romantic idea of groups that stick together but I am also drawn to looser jazz, reggae and R’n’B band structures, where different musicians bring different flavours.” He is at pains to stress that this is more than just a brand. “I’ve done solo albums but I have a great respect for the musicians I work with, and we play as a band. I don’t want any ambiguity about it. Simply Red encapsulates what we do together.”

“In many ways, music is a young man’s sport. All I can do is make music that means something to me. I’m happy with this album. It’s feeling pretty good. And I’m looking forward to playing it live because it is real.


Blue Eyed Soul is the sound of Simply Red firing on all cylinders. “At this stage of my career, I could do one of these dark reflective albums looking back on my life and all that kind of stuff that people tend to do at a certain age. But I thought sod that. I wanted to make something punchy. I want to have a good time. I’m not saying its my last album, because I’ve got no thoughts of stopping. But when I go out, I want to go out with a bang.”

Wednesday 6th July

GATE OPEN 5PM

General Admission£45

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vip garden£75

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vip lounge£120

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5 day pass£250

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General AdmissionFROM £45

This ticket allows access into the main arena on Wednesday 6th July

VIP Garden Package£125

The Garden Package includes access to The Garden for Wednesday 6th July – for more information on what the Garden includes visit HERE

VIP Lounge Package£4,500

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5 Day Pass – Part 2FROM £219

Release 1: £219, Release 2: £229, Release 3: £259

This PASS permits entry to the GENERAL ADMISSION ARENA on 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 July

5 Day Garden Pass – Part 2£499

The Garden Pass includes access to The Garden on 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 July – see more info HERE

5 Day Lounge Pass – Part 2£1,496PP

The Lounge Pass includes access to The Lounge on 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 July – see more info HERE

Car Park Pass – Part 2£100

This PASS permits a car parking space on 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 July 2022 only.

Car Parking£20

This PASS permits a car parking space on Wednesday 6th July