Iconic band Simply Red will play to thousands of fans at the in Darlington next month as they visit the town for one night only.

The Manchester-formed band will be performing to fans at the Mowden Park Arena in Darlington on Saturday August 13 on the only North East stop on their tour.

Fans will be hoping the band, which reformed after a five year break in 2015, will play some of their biggest hits including 1980s hit ‘Holding Back The Years’ and ‘Stars’.

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The band are currently touring the UK on their latest tour, performing at venues across the country including in Edinburgh, Scarbrough and Colchester before embarking on a European leg later this year.

The concert will follow a performance by the Ibiza Orchestra Experience on the Friday night (August 12) with fans set to pack out the rugby ground.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Crowds at Darlington Arena in 2018 for the Blue/Steps concert. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTTCrowds at Darlington Arena in 2018 for the Blue/Steps concert. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Last year when the gig was announced Darlington Arena Manager Danny Brown said: “It’s great for us to be able to welcome Simply Red to the Arena for what is becoming a busy summer of music.”

Simply Red are the latest in a line of well-known artists who have performed in the North East this summer, including gigs by Ed Sheeran and Elton John in Sunderland, and Diana Ross and Michael Bublé in Chester-Le-Street.

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Paloma Faith was also set to play the Darlington Arena last weekend (July 16) but the concert was cancelled in May due to unforeseen circumstances.

In a statement at the time show organisers said: “Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, the Paloma Faith concert on July 16 has been cancelled.

“All ticket holders who have purchased a ticket will be entitled to a refund, available from your point of purchase.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused. Please note our remaining concerts at the Darlington Arena this summer are not affected by this cancellation.”

Darlington and Stockton Times: Olly Murs performed in Darlington last year. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTTOlly Murs performed in Darlington last year. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Last year former The Voice judges Tom Jones and Olly Murs both played seperate gigs at the arena.

Simply Red will play the Darlington Mowden Park Arena on Saturday August 13.


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