After selling 50 million records, disbanding and then reforming. Their playlist includes Holding Back The Years, Fairground, Stars, Money’s Too Tight To Mention, If You Don’t Know Me By Now and Something Got Me Started.


Simply Red are one of Britain’s most successful bands producing a host of huge-selling singles and albums from the late 1980s onwards.

With their origins in the Manchester punk scene, the band went through a number of stylistic evolutions until settling on the soul /rock style that would see them conquer the world. Frontman Mick Hucknall assembled a group of leading local musicians and songwriters and their single Money’s Too Tight (To Mention) became an international hit.

A new version of one of their old songs, Holding Back The Years, became the band’s second global success and was the prelude to a series of hit albums and singles including If You Don’t Know Me By Now, and that peaked with the massive Stars album. Stars contained the title track of the album along with Something Got Me Started, Thrill Me, Wonderland, and For Your Babies.

Stars became one of the biggest selling UK albums ever and was followed by another million-selling album Life, which contained the single Fairground. Simply Red have sold over 50 million albums worldwide and continue to be a huge live draw.

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Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

Please join us in our JLab studio near Oxford Circus at 08:30am on Tuesday 30th April for our next speaker’s breakfast event. Following our sell-out event for IWD back in February, we will be joined by three fantastic speakers for an exploration of the uses, myths and concerns surrounding AI.


JLA, 14 Berners Street, London


Event - 06/02/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Looking Ahead to International Women’s Day

Samira Ahmed, Eniola Aluko, and Alex Mahon

We were joined by four fantastic speakers to look ahead at International Women’s Day. With the theme of this year’s event being #InspireInclusion, we were lucky enough to hear from four women who have each blazed a trail in their respective fields: CEO of Channel 4, Alex Mahon; the former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Kings’ Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard; one of the leading voices in football, Eniola Aluko MBE; and broadcaster and journalist, Samira Ahmed.


Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH