Birmingham’s reggae legends UB40 have announced a twenty-two-date UK tour for autumn 2016.
Featuring UB40’s founding members Jimmy Brown (drums), Robin Campbell (co-lead vocals and guitar), Earl Falconer (bass, vocals), Norman Hassan (percussion, vocals) and Brian Travers (sax and keys), plus Duncan Campbell (lead vocals), Martin Meredith (sax and keys), Lawrence Parry (trumpet) and Tony Mullings (keys), fans can expect to hear UB40’s greatest hits, including ‘Food For Thought’, ‘One In Ten’, ‘Kingston Town, ‘Cherry Oh Baby’, ‘(I Can’t Help) Falling in Love With You’ and, of course, ‘Red, Red Wine’.
Brian Travers said, “We played to over 200,000 fans during our last UK tour and had the time of our lives doing it – the atmosphere was very special. We really do have the best fans in the world, so we can’t wait to do it all over again.”
The tour will begin on Friday, 30th September at Leeds O2 Academy and end at Cliff’s Pavilion in Southend on Monday, 31st October.
“We’re looking forward to bringing the true sound of UB40 to our incredible fans this autumn,” said Robin Campbell. “After all, in Brian, Jimmy and me you have all of UB40’s principal songwriters. And we’re a reggae band; no other band in the world can replicate the sound of UB40’s original rhythm section of Earl and Jimmy. They are the backbone of UB40’s sound.”
Naming themselves after the unemployment benefit form, UB40 formed in 1978, before releasing their debut album ‘Signing Off’ in August 1980 – considered by many to be one of the greatest reggae albums ever released by a British band. It was the start of a career that has since seen the band have over forty UK Top 40 hit singles and achieve sales of over 100 million records, making UB40 one of the most successful British groups of all-time.
UB40’s UK TOUR DATES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Friday, 30th - Leeds O2 Academy - Tickets
Saturday, 1st - Newcastle O2 Academy - Tickets
Monday, 3rd – Leicester De Monfort Hall - Tickets
Tuesday, 4th - Edinburgh, Usher Hall - Tickets
Wednesday, 5th - Carlisle, Sands Centre - Tickets
Friday, 7th - Oxford O2 Academy Tickets
Saturday, 8th - Leamington Assembly Hall - Tickets
Sunday, 9th - Liverpool O2 Academy - Tickets
Tuesday, 11th - Norwich UEA - Tickets
Thursday, 13th - Northampton, Royal & Derngate Theatre - Tickets
Friday, 14th – Manchester Academy - Tickets
Sunday, 16th – Nottingham, Rock City – Tickets
Monday, 17th - Guildford, GLive - Tickets
Tuesday, 18th – Folkestone, Leas Cliffs – Tickets
Friday 21st – Bournemouth O2 Academy – Tickets
Saturday, 22nd – Bristol O2 Academy – Tickets
Sunday, 23rd - Cardiff, Tramshed - Tickets
Monday, 24th - Aylesbury, Waterside - Tickets
Thursday, 27th - Reading, Hexagon - Tickets
Friday, 28th - Gloucester, GL1 - Tickets
Saturday, 29th - Blackburn, Kings Hall - Tickets
Monday, 31st October – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion – Tickets
Pre-sale tickets will be available from 10.00am on Tuesday, 10th May.
Tickets go on general sale from 10.00am on Friday, 13th May.