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

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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.

Saffron Walden Reporter: A sparkling award... Simple Minds on stage during the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex.A scintillating prize… Simple Minds on stage during the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex. (Image: Heritage Online)

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.

Saffron Walden Reporter: Hue and Cry performing at Simple Minds' Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex.Hue and Cry performing at Simple Minds’ Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex. (Image: Heritage Online)

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.

Saffron Walden Reporter: Big Country was joined on stage by Richard Jobson at Simple Minds' Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex.Big Country were joined on stage by Richard Jobson at Simple Minds’ Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex. (Image: Heritage Online)

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.

Saffron Walden Reporter: Simple Minds on stage during the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex.Simple Minds on stage during the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex. (Image: Heritage Online)

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.”

Saffron Walden Reporter: Simple Minds guitarist Charlie Burchill on stage during the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex.Simple Minds guitarist Charlie Burchill on stage during the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex. (Image: Heritage Online)

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

Saffron Walden Reporter: Simple Minds on stage during the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex.Simple Minds on stage during the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex. (Image: Heritage Online)

Saffron Walden Reporter: Simple Minds on stage during the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex.Simple Minds on stage during the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex. (Image: Heritage Online)

Saffron Walden Reporter: Simple Minds on stage during the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex.Simple Minds on stage during the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex. (Image: Heritage Online)

Saffron Walden Reporter: Simple Minds on stage during the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex.Simple Minds on stage during the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex. (Image: Heritage Online)

Saffron Walden Reporter: Simple Minds keyboardist Berenice Scott on stage during the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex.Simple Minds keyboardist Berenice Scott on stage during the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex. (Image: Heritage Online)

Saffron Walden Reporter: Simple Minds Heritage Live Concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex.Simple Minds Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex. (Image: Heritage Online)

Saffron Walden Reporter: Simple Minds Heritage Live Concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex.Simple Minds Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex. (Image: Heritage Online)

Saffron Walden Reporter: Simple Minds drummer Cherisse Osei on stage during the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex.Simple Minds drummer Cherisse Osei on stage during the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex. (Image: Heritage Online)

Saffron Walden Reporter: Simple Minds on stage during the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex.Simple Minds on stage during the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex. (Image: Heritage Online)

Saffron Walden Reporter: Caezar on stage at Simple Minds' Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex.Caezar on stage at Simple Minds’ Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex. (Image: Heritage Online)

Saffron Walden Reporter: Dancing at the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex.Dancing at the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex. (Image: Heritage Online)

Saffron Walden Reporter: Joanna Eden on stage during the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex.Joanna Eden on stage at the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex. (Image: Heritage Online)

Saffron Walden Reporter: Joanna Eden on stage during the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex.Joanna Eden on stage at the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex. (Image: Heritage Online)

Saffron Walden Reporter: Big Country on stage at Simple Minds' Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex.Big Country on stage during Simple Minds’ Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex. (Image: Heritage Online)

Saffron Walden Reporter: Part of the crowd enjoying the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex.Part of the crowd enjoying the Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex. (Image: Heritage Online)

Saffron Walden Reporter: Simple Minds Heritage Live Concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex.Simple Minds Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex. (Image: Heritage Online)

Saffron Walden Reporter: Big Country was joined on stage by Richard Jobson at Simple Minds' Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex.Big Country were joined on stage by Richard Jobson at Simple Minds’ Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex. (Image: Heritage Online)

Saffron Walden Reporter: Big Country was joined on stage by Richard Jobson at Simple Minds' Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex.Big Country were joined on stage by Richard Jobson at Simple Minds’ Heritage Live concert at Audley End House & Gardens in Essex. (Image: Heritage Online)

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