Simply Red announce Co-op Live Manchester gig as part of 40th anniversary tour- how to get tickets

The band have announced the gig as part of their big anniversary year

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Manchester pop and soul band Simply Red have announced a huge UK and Ireland tour to mark their 40th anniversary year in 2025. Amongst the dates is a hometown show at Manchester’s new Co-op Live.

The band will come to Manchester’s new large-scale arena to perform on September 27 2025. The tour will culminate with two shows at London’s O2 Arena on October 9 and 10. 

Mick Hucknall formed Simply Red in 1985 working-class Manchester, and enjoyed early success with first single ‘Money’s Too Tight To Mention’ and the Brit Award-nominated album ‘Picture Book’ (the first of 13 nominations, and 3 Brit Award wins). This was followed by a decade of superstardom and global hits. 

Today Simply Red continues to sell out tours across the globe. Their live show is renowned for its exceptional quality, with Mick Hucknall long-established as one of the great vocalists of contemporary music.

Frontman Hucknall said: "Simply Red are turning 40! We’re looking forward to marking this special milestone with you all in 2025 on our UK tour. Fans can expect to hear all their favourite Simply Red tracks from 1985 to the present, and enjoy a memorable night celebrating the incredible journey that we've been on together over the past four decades."

He added: “We are pleased to be performing at the new Co-op Live arena in my home town of Manchester. I have fond memories of Simply Red performing in Manchester over the years, and we’re happy to be part of this next chapter in Manchester’s great musical history."

How to get tickets to Simply Red at Co-op Live

Pre-sale tickets will be available to Co-op Members from 10am on Tuesday September 19. General sale tickets will then be available through Co-op Live’s website from 10am on Thursday September 21.