40: THE BEST OF 1979 – 2019 – Album Out Now!

Out Now! On 1st November 2019, Simple Minds released 40: THE BEST OF – 1979-2019, a new compilation album that covers all 40 years of the band’s now legendary recording career. It captures their early experimentation, cross over chart successes, right up to their new imperial phase represented by songs from 2015’s Big Music and last year’s Walk Between Worlds, which was their highest chart success in over 20 years, charting at number 4 in the UK.

Compiled in conjunction with the band, 40: THE BEST OF presents the very best of Simple Minds extensive catalogue. It is a comprehensive overview of 40 years of one of Britain’s most successful bands, taking in the innovative sheen of Promised You A Miracle and Glittering Prize, the anthemic sweep of Waterfront and Sanctify Yourself, the firebrand strand of Belfast Child and Mandela Day, the colossus that is Don’t You (Forget About Me) and Alive & Kicking, and bringing things right up to date with the inclusion of a new track: a cover of King Creosote’s 2014 Song, For One Night Only.

To further celebrate their 40th anniversary, Simple Minds embark on an 11-month 40 YEARS OF HITS WORLD TOUR.


For One Night Only captures Simple Minds unique talent of taking an already fantastic song - as they did with their cover of The Call’s Let The Day Begin on 2015’s Big Music album - and injecting its sentiment with added urgency. The result is a clarion call to their fans the world over, which is sure to become a momentous live moment on their world tour.

40: THE BEST OF 1979-2019 is available on a 3CD deluxe edition, single CD, 2LP coloured vinyl and a 40-track digital format. It was remastered at the world-famous Abbey Road studios and has spectacular new art designed by long-time collaborator Stuart Crouch, featuring iconic symbols by Malcolm Garrett which represent the 40 years.



Love Song
I Travel
Glittering Prize
Sense of Discovery
The American
Up on The Catwalk
She’s A River
Someone Somewhere in Summertime
See the Lights
Jeweller to the Stars
War Babies
Belfast Child


Promised You A Miracle
This Is Your Land
Honest Town
Glittering Prize (Acoustic)
Waterfront (Acoustic)
See the Lights (Acoustic)
Let There Be Love
New Gold Dream (81,82,83,84)
All the Things She Said
Once Upon A Time
Don’t You (Forget About Me)


Chelsea Girl
Stars Will Lead the Way
For One Night Only – New Track
Theme for Great Cities
Life in A Day
Sanctify Yourself
Mandela Day
Speed Your Love to Me
Alive and Kicking


Love Song
I Travel
Glittering Prize
Sense of Discovery
Someone Somewhere in Summertime
See the Lights
Belfast Child
Promised You A Miracle
Honest Town
Don’t You (Forget About Me)
Chelsea Girl
Stars Will Lead the Way
For One Night Only – New Track
Sanctify Yourself
Mandela Day
Alive and Kicking



Chelsea Girl
I Travel
Love Song
Promised You A Miracle
Glittering Prize


Someone Somewhere in Summertime
Don’t You (Forget About Me)
Alive and Kicking
Sanctify Yourself


Belfast Child
Mandela Day
See the Lights


Stars Will Lead the Way
Honest Town
Sense of Discovery
For One Night Only – New track

Release Date: November 1st 2019

View '40 YEARS OF HITS TOUR' Tour Dates


Current Shows
Date 2021: Location, Venue: Tickets:
Jun 24 Madrid, Spain, WiZink Center UPDATE PENDING Tickets
Jun 28 Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Rockhal UPDATE PENDING Tickets
Jun 29 Salle Metropole, Lausanne, Switzerland UPDATE PENDING Tickets
Jul 03 Les Eurockeennes De Belfort, France UPDATE PENDING Tickets
Jul 06 Zagreb, Croatia, SRC Salata UPDATE PENDING Tickets
Jul 08 Argelès-sur-Mer, France, Fest Les Deferlantes UPDATE PENDING Tickets
Jul 11 Pause Guitare Fest, Albi, FR UPDATE PENDING Tickets
Jul 21 Heineken Jazzaldia, San Sebastian, ES UPDATE PENDING Tickets
Jul 23 Monte Carlo Summer Sporting Fest CANCELLED
Jul 30 Jerez, Tio Pepe Festival, Spain UPDATE PENDING Tickets
Aug 15 Edinburgh Summer Sessions, UK UPDATE PENDING Tickets
Aug 23 Custom House Square, Belfast, UK UPDATE PENDING Tickets
Dec 02 Perth, Australia, Kings Park & Botanic Garden Tickets
Dec 04 Yarra Valley, Australia, Rochford Wines Tickets
Dec 07 Melbourne, Australia, Margaret Court Arena Tickets
Dec 09 Sydney, Australia, First State Super Theatre Tickets
Dec 11 Hunter Valley, Australia, Bimbadgen Tickets
Dec 12 Brisbane, Australia, Sirromet Wines Tickets
Dec 15 Christchurch, New Zealand, Horncastle Arena Tickets
Dec 17 Wellington, New Zealand, TSB Bank Arena Tickets
Dec 18 Auckland, New Zealand, Villa Maria Tickets
Rescheduled Shows 2022  
Date 2022: Location, Venue: Tickets:
Mar 02 K.B.Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark Tickets
Mar 03 MCH Herning Kongrescenter, Denmark Tickets
Mar 05 Bielefeld, DE, Lokschuppen Tickets
Mar 07 Lille, FR, Zenith Arena Tickets
Mar 08 Paris, FR, La Seine Musicale Tickets
Mar 09 Bordeaux, FR, Arkea Arena Tickets
Mar 11 Ludwigsburg, DE, MHP Arena Tickets
Mar 12 Offenbach, DE, Stadthalle Tickets
Mar 13 Münster, DE, Halle Münsterland Tickets
Mar 14 Erlangen, DE, Heinrich Lades Halle Tickets
Mar 16 Lyon, FR, Halle Tony Garnier Tickets
Mar 17 Freiburg, DE, Sick-Arena Tickets
Mar 18 Cologne, DE, Palladium Tickets
Mar 19 Erfurt, DE, Thuringenhalle Tickets
Mar 21 Berlin, DE, Columbiahalle Tickets
Mar 22 Bremen, DE, Pier 2 Tickets
Mar 23 Hannover, DE, Swiss Life Hall Tickets
Mar 25 Zurich, CH, Hallenstadion Tickets
Mar 27 Aurich, DE, Sparkassen Halle Tickets
Mar 28 Saarbrücken, DE, Saarlandhalle Tickets
Mar 29 Ravensburg, DE, Oberschwabenhalle Tickets
Mar 31 London, UK, SSE Arena, Wembley Tickets
Apr 01 Bournemouth, UK, International Centre Tickets
Apr 03 Brighton Centre, UK Tickets
Apr 05 Aberdeen, UK, P&J Live Tickets
Apr 06 Glasgow, UK, SSE Hydro Tickets
Apr 07 Birmingham, UK, Resorts World Arena Tickets
Apr 09 Leeds, UK, First Direct Arena Tickets
Apr 10 Newcastle, UK, Utilita Arena Tickets
Apr 12 Nottingham, UK, Motorpoint Arena Tickets
Apr 14 Cardiff, UK, Motorpoint Arena Tickets
Apr 15 Hull, UK, Bonus Arena Tickets
Apr 16 Liverpool, UK, M&S Bank Arena Tickets
Apr 17 Dublin, IE, 3 Arena Tickets
Apr 19 Amsterdam, NL, Ziggo Dome Tickets
Apr 20 Antwerp, BE, Sportpaleis Tickets
Apr 21 Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, DE - NEW VENUE! Tickets
Jun 18 Nocturne Live, Blenheim Palace, UK Tickets
Jun 21 Porto, Coliseum, Portugal Tickets
Jun 22 Lisbon, Campo Pequeno, Portugal Tickets
Jun 26 Tilloloy, France, Rétro C Trop Tickets
Jul 09 Cognac, France, Blues Passions Fest Tickets
Jul 12 Taormina, Teatro Antico di Taormina, Italy Tickets
Jul 14 Teatro D’Annunzio, Pescara, Italy Tickets
Jul 15 Pistoia, Pistoia Blues, Italy Tickets
Jul 17 Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Italy Tickets
Jul 18 Verona, Arena di Verona, Italy Tickets
Jul 29 Marbella, Starlite Marbella, Spain Tickets

TICKETS ON SALE NOW – *Postponements due to Corona Virus precautions by relevant authorities.

Tickets for postponed dates are valid for applicable rescheduled shows

Can’t get the tickets you’re looking for? Try the Official Simple Minds Twickets Page where fans sell tickets at face value. Say NO to ticket touts. Visit Twickets Now !

ACCESSIBILITY QUESTIONS? – See our Venue Accessibility Page

Formed in the seventies, and named after a lyric – ‘so simple minded’ – from David Bowie’s seminal 1975 single The Jean Genie, Simple Minds have become one of the most successful bands ever to come from the UK, selling over 60 million records worldwide, having number one singles on both sides of the Atlantic, and number one albums the world over, including five UK number one albums: Sparkle In The Rain (1984), Once Upon A Time (1985) and Street Fighting Years as well as the concert recording Live In The City Of Light (1987), and the compilation Glittering Prize 81/92.

The collection is a reminder of one of the most musically diverse and adventurous careers ever in British music, which saw Simple Minds record some of the most beguiling and inventive music of the post-punk period. On songs such as 1979’s Chelsea Girl (from the band’s debut album, Life In A Day), and I Travel, Celebrate (1980’s Empires and Dance), Love Song, The American (Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call), Simple Minds set the standard for the British alternative scene.
From 1982 onwards the band produced some of their most inspiring and wide appealing work. Beginning with their 1982 classic album New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84), with several songs from the album included here, follow up album Sparkle In The Rain (Up On The Catwalk and Speed Your Love to Me), and culminating in two UK number one albums and a number one single: 1985’s Once Upon a Time (represented here by the aforementioned Alive & Kicking and Sanctify Yourself) and 1989’s Street Fighting Years, and the single Belfast Child.

Into the nineties Simple Minds continued to release albums and create gems, many of which have grown in stature amongst fans and become staples of their live set. Included here from the period are Let There Be Love, See The Lights, She’s a River and War Babies.

Over the past 10 years Simple Minds have rekindled the magic that made them a vital artistic force in their early days, found themselves referenced by younger artists and playing to countless thousands of people every year, all over the world. They have been the recipient of the Q Awards Lifetime Achievement and received universal critical acclaim for their recent albums. 2015’s Big Music was described by MOJO magazine as “their best album in 30 years”, and last year’s Walk Between Worlds was acclaimed across the board and became their most successful album in over two decades, culminating in their largest US tour to date. Two songs are included from each of those albums: Honest Town and Blindfolded (Big Music), and Sense of Discovery and Magic (Walk Between Worlds).