Simply Red’s 40th Anniversary Spectacular: A Soulful UK & Ireland Arena Tour in 2025


Prepare to revel in the unparalleled legacy of one of the UK’s most beloved bands. The iconic soul and pop sensation, Simply Red, has set the stage for a momentous celebration of their forthcoming 40th anniversary. In a thrilling announcement, they’ve revealed an extraordinary UK and Ireland arena tour scheduled for September and October 2025, culminating in two unforgettable nights at London’s prestigious O2 Arena on October 9th and 10th, 2025.

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The anticipation for this spectacular event is soaring, with pre-sale tickets becoming available on Tuesday, September 19th, at 10:00 am, followed by the general sale on Thursday, September 21st, at 10:00 am on

Mick Hucknall, the charismatic frontman of Simply Red, beams with excitement, “Simply Red is hitting the big 4-0! We can’t wait to celebrate this incredible milestone with all of you in 2025 during our UK tour. Fans can look forward to hearing all their cherished Simply Red tracks from 1985 to the present day, and share in a memorable night commemorating the remarkable journey we’ve embarked on together over the past four decades.”

Few bands can boast the enduring success achieved by Simply Red. With a staggering 60 million albums sold worldwide, five UK #1 albums, a staggering 1.8 billion streams on global streaming platforms, and a colossal following of over 1 million YouTube subscribers, Simply Red remains one of the UK’s most triumphant and adored bands. Their 1991 masterpiece, ‘Stars,’ held the title of Britain and Europe’s best-selling album for two consecutive years, and all 13 of Simply Red’s studio albums, including their latest gem, ‘Time,’ have graced the UK Top 10 charts.

The journey of Simply Red began in 1985, courtesy of Mick Hucknall in working-class Manchester. Their initial success surged with the release of their debut single, ‘Money’s Too Tight To Mention,’ and the Brit Award-nominated album ‘Picture Book,’ which marked the beginning of an astounding 13 nominations and three Brit Award victories. This was followed by a decade of superstardom and a cascade of global hits. Today, Simply Red continues to sell out tours across the globe, and their live performances are revered for their exceptional quality, with Mick Hucknall holding his rightful place as one of the preeminent vocalists in contemporary music.

In honour of this incredible 40-year milestone, Simply Red embarks on their musical journey once more in 2025, narrating the captivating story of Simply Red, from the groundbreaking ‘Picture Book’ to their latest triumph, ‘Time,’ and every unforgettable moment in between.

Simply Red is set to grace the stage with their soulful melodies at the following headline shows in September and October 2025:

September 2025

  • Tue 23rd Belfast SSE Arena
  • Wed 24th Dublin 3 Arena
  • Fri 26th Leeds First Direct Arena
  • Sat 27th Manchester Co-op Live
  • Sun 28th Glasgow OVO Hydro Arena


  • Wed 1st Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
  • Fri 3rd Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
  • Sat 4th Birmingham Utilita Arena
  • Sun 5th Cardiff, Utilita Arena
  • Tue 7th Brighton Centre
  • Thu 9th London The O2
  • Fri 10th London The O2

The festivities commenced early as Simply Red celebrated the release of their 2023 album, ‘Time,’ with a sensational one-off launch show at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in June. The band is set to return to the UK for a sold-out performance at BBC Radio 2’s ‘Live In The Park’ on September 17th at Leicester’s Victoria Park. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Simply Red’s four decades of soulful magic!

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