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UB40 Announce New UK Tour

UB40's Brian Travers. Photo copyright: Simon Redley
UB40's Brian Travers. Photo copyright: Simon Redley UB40's Robin Campbell. Photo copyright: Simon Redley UB40's Duncan Campbell. Photo copyright: Simon Redley UB40's Earl Falconer. Photo copyright: Simon Redley UB40's Duncan Campbell. Photo copyright: Simon Redley

Birmingham’s reggae legends UB40 have announced a twenty-two-date UK tour for autumn 2016.

That's the original band, not the outfit fronted by former lead singer Ali Campbell, facing legal action for using the UB40 name and accused of deliberately confusing fans.

The tour features 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 will 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 begins on Friday, 30th September at Leeds O2 Academy and ends 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 classic debut album ‘Signing Off’ in August 1980. It was the start of a career that has since seen the band have over forty UK Top 40 hit singles, big success in the USA and 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:

September:
Friday, 30th - Leeds O2 Academy
October:
Saturday, 1st - Newcastle O2 Academy
Monday, 3rd – Leicester De Monfort Hall
Tuesday, 4th - Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Wednesday, 5th - Carlisle, Sands Centre
Friday, 7th - Oxford O2 Academy Tickets
Saturday, 8th - Leamington Assembly Hall
Sunday, 9th - Liverpool O2 Academy
Tuesday, 11th - Norwich UEA
Thursday, 13th - Northampton, Royal & Derngate Theatre
Friday, 14th – Manchester Academy
Sunday, 16th - Nottingham, Rock City
Monday, 17th - Guildford, GLive
Tuesday, 18th - Folkestone, Leas Cliffs
Friday 21st - Bournemouth O2 Academy
Saturday, 22nd - Bristol O2 Academy
Sunday, 23rd - Cardiff, Tramshed
Monday, 24th - Aylesbury, Waterside
Thursday, 27th - Reading, Hexagon
Friday, 28th - Gloucester, GL1
Saturday, 29th - Blackburn, Kings Hall
Monday, 31st October – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
Tickets on sale from 10.00am on Friday, 13th May.
www.seetickets.com/tour/ub40 and www.alt-tickets.co.uk/ub40-tickets

All photos copyright: Simon Redley
Words SIMON REDLEY

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