EVENT:  Simple Minds – An Evening On The Green
DATE:  Tuesday 4 December 2012
VENUE:  Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Pioneer Women’s Memorial
FEATURING:  Simple Minds, Devo, the church and the Models
TICKETS: Available through Ticketmaster – 136 100

They defined a generation, are revered by critics and adored by fans.  In an epic career spanning 30 years and more than 40 million albums sold, Simple Minds travelled from the streets of Glasgow to become one of the world’s biggest bands with a musical majesty that still inspires awe.

Devo’s pioneering sound, style and philosophy had a profound effect on the new wave movement.  Influential, subversive and downright entertaining, Devo’s cult status quickly spread to the mainstream.

In what promises to be one of the most captivating tours of the year, Simple Minds and Devo will perform nationally later this year, including an Evening on the Green at Kings Park & Botanic Garden on Tuesday December 4.

Joining them, and adding more highlights to savour, will be one of Australia’s finest, the church and eclectic 80s popsters the Models, led by Sean Kelly.

The tour is the first announcement of the next a Day on the Green season, the event’s 12th year and one that will see a landmark 300th concert.  More than two million Australians have enjoyed the a Day on the Green experience, and with another bumper season planned at wineries around the country, a huge member’s database and universal acclaim from both the artists and media,  the event continues to go from strength to strength.

Simple Minds, Devo, the church and the Models all in one night – now that’s what we call a concert not to be missed!

Simple Minds has had a lengthy love affair with Australia since tasting success here for the first time anywhere in the world with their first hit single ‘Love Song’ and first Gold album ‘New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)’. A stellar array of hits followed like ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’, ‘Alive and Kicking’, ‘Love Song’, ‘Promised You A Miracle’, ‘Glittering Prize’ and ‘Waterfront’ spanning eight Top 20 albums.

Lead vocalist Jim Kerr says: “Australia holds a very special place in the heart of Simple Minds. It was the first country anywhere in the world to embrace our music and we have wonderful memories of the tours we’ve done. We’re extremely excited about playing in Australia again.”

In the live concert arena, Simple Minds have few peers. This is a band that has played countless sold out stadium tours including three times at Wembley stadium, has been voted the prestigious Q Magazine’s ‘World’s Best Live Act’ and has retained an enviable reputation as one of THE great live concert bands.

Simple Minds commence a lengthy European tour in late June in support of their just released box set “Simple MindsX5” which features their ground-breaking first five albums ‘Life in a Day’, ‘Real to Real Cacophony’, ‘Empires and Dance’, ‘Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call’ and ‘New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84)’ as well as a bonus disc of rare and previously unavailable B-sides and remixes.

According to the UK Guardian Newspaper “Simple Minds are suddenly alive and kicking again” whilst the Metro says: “It’s official, Simple Minds are cool again.”

There’s no denying the influence Devo – brothers Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and Gerald and Bob Casale – have exercised over a new generation of artists. Invitations to play the Livid Festival (1997) and Splendour In The Grass (2008) on past Australian sojourns is testimony to their currency with music fans.

Devo was an extension of a multi-media exploration of the concept that mankind’s progress had ceased, and the process of de-evolution had begun.  Their early work from the visionary debut ‘Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo’ caught the attention of such icons as Brian Eno and David Bowie, and with hits like ‘Whip It’ and ‘Girl U Want’ and the accompanying, revolutionary music videos, the group became one of the defining acts of the 1980s.

Devo’s sound, style, and philosophy have been an influence on artists from Rage Against the Machine to Lady Gaga. Kurt Cobain once said, “Of all the bands who came from the underground and actually made it in the mainstream, Devo is the most challenging and subversive of all.”

In 2010 Devo released their first album in 20 years ‘Something For Everybody’ and have re-ignited their passion for live performance.  They are about to tour the US with Blondie so will be in fine form when they hit Australian shores again. DEVOtees … expect the unexpected!

Having recently celebrated their 30th anniversary, the church continue to redefine what it is to be a melodic art-rock band. From the debut album ‘Of Skins and Heart’ through to 2009′s lush, organic masterpiece ‘Untitled #23’, lead vocalist and bassist Steve Kilbey, guitarists Peter Koppes and Marty Willson-Piper and drummer Tim Powles (now an active member of the band for 17 years), continue to pleasure their fans with a combination of chemistry, talent and a desire for excellence, unique and distinctive guitar sounds and thought-provoking lyrics.

The Models induction into the 2010 ARIA Hall Of Fame was recognition of the status this pioneering Melbourne band has always held. Led by Sean Kelly and James Freud and emerging from the post new wave scene, the Models’ produced ground-breaking albums ‘The Pleasure Of Your Company’ and ‘Out Of Mind Out Of Sight’.  Kelly has continued to work as a producer and performer with his solo combo and leading various Models reunions.

WE PLAY RAIN OR SHINE:  If it looks like rain please bring wet weather protection (ponchos & raincoats). Umbrellas are not permitted into the venue.

WHAT TO BRING:  Picnic rug and hamper, jacket, sun hat, sunscreen, sealed plastic bottled water/soft drink (only), comfy shoes and good vibes. (Seating – see below)

SEATING: Reserved Seating tickets include a dedicated seat. Concert & Canapé and Gold seating are standard high back chairs. Silver seating is low to the ground beach style deck chairs. General Admission ticket holders will need to bring own seat if required. Low deck chairs are recommended. High deck chairs will be positioned at the rear of the venue. A seating area is provided for those with wheelchair requirements.

FOOD:  A wide range of food options to suit all tastes and budgets will be available for purchase at the venue. Visit jdsfastfoods.com.au to view food vendors in attendance. Visit ticketmaster.com.au to pre-order hampers. Alternatively patrons may bring their own food/picnic. Please be aware of prohibited items listed under “Not Permitted”.

NOT PERMITTED: Strictly NO BYO alcohol and NO glass items, NO cans.  This is a fully licensed event.  NO tables or umbrellas, professional SLR cameras, video or recording equipment, metal cutlery, wine spikes, tents or sun shelters. The Botanic Garden is a smoke free venue.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY:  All bags are subject to a safety and security search upon entry. No Pass Outs. Photo ID may be required for entry into the venue. The only forms of ID accepted are: Current Australian Driver’s License, current Passport or WA proof of age card.

PARKING: Available along Lovekin, Forrest and May Drives. A drop off zone is located at the venue entrance on Lovekin Drive. ACROD Parking is located on Forrest Drive in close proximity to the DNA Tower. Access Forrest Drive via Park and Poole Avenue entrances, Crawley. Please see Concert Map here.

TICKETS: All tickets available through ticketmaster.com.au and 136 100. This is a licensed event. All patrons (including minors/babies) must have a valid ticket for entry. Please note Companion Cards can only be used when purchasing General Admission tickets.

MINORS: Children under 18 years of age who have purchased a ticket will only be permitted into the concert site if they are accompanied by their parent/step-parent or legal guardian. If a minor is NOT ACCOMPANIED by their parent/step-parent or legal guardian they will be refused entry to the concert and they will not receive a refund on their ticket.

OTHER: Kings Park is an outdoor venue with temporary facilities provided.

To view our Concert & Canape Information Letter please click on the link below.

Concert & Canape Information PDF

This ticket is an all-inclusive concert and hospitality package. The CONCERT & CANAPÉ area is positioned away from the stage where patrons can enjoy an exclusive and relaxed setting. It is ideal for couples or groups who want to enjoy delicious gourmet food and premium wines with the convenience of private restroom facilities; it’s the perfect opportunity to entertain clients, reward staff or to enjoy the day in style!

The CONCERT & CANAPÉ function is a stand-up affair; ticket price includes food, beverages, concert ticket and premium seating being available front of stage to view the show. A delectable array of hot and cold canapés and cocktail food will be offered, complemented by a selection of premium red and white wines, quality beers, sparkling white and refreshing soft drinks.

The CONCERT & CANAPÉ area opens at 5:00pm and closes at 7:00pm at which time guests are welcomed to the premium seating at the front of the stage.


4:00pm Gates Open
 5:00pm  ‘Glittering Prize Concert & Canapé Function’ commences
 5:00pm Models
 6:00pm the church
 7:00pm  ‘Glittering Prize Concert & Canapé Function’ concludes – guests welcomed to the Reserved Seating area
 7:10pm Devo
 8:50pm Simple Minds

On conclusion of the evening’s superb entertainment, refreshments will be served for 30 minutes post show in the CONCERT & CANAPÉ area.

Tickets: on sale Monday 2 July 2012 through Ticketmaster!

Gold $220 plus payment processing fee
Silver $169 plus payment processing fee
General Admission $109.90 plus payment processing fee
Concert & Canape’ Function $395.00 plus payment processing fee

For more detail on Ticket prices please visit the Ticketmaster website.

Show Times:

Gates 4:00pm
Models 5:00pm
the church 6:00pm
Devo 7:10pm
Simple Minds 8:50pm