UB40

On tour: Yes

To celebrate their 40th anniversary UB40 are going on a big world tour. In 2019 they will be seen in numerous cities in the UK, the US and Europe. Tickets are easy to get online here. All facts worth knowing about UB40 can be found here.

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Upcoming UB40 concerts and events

Tuesday 02 March 2021, 19:00

UB40

Venue Bristol, United Kingdom, O2 Academy Bristol
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Saturday 06 March 2021, 19:00

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Venue Bournemouth, United Kingdom, O2 Academy Bournemouth
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Wednesday 10 March 2021, 19:00

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Venue Manchester, United Kingdom, O2 Apollo Manchester
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Wednesday 17 March 2021, 19:00

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Venue Whitley Bay, United Kingdom, Empress Ballroom
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Saturday 22 May 2021, 11:00

Let's Rock 2020 The Moor!

with ABC, Gibson Brothers, Howard Jones, Kim Wilde, Mari Wilson, Midge Ure, The Real Thing, Then Jerico, Tony Hadley, Toyah, UB40, Wang Chung

Venue Cookham, United Kingdom, Marsh Meadow
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Saturday 12 June 2021, 15:50

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Venue Worcester, United Kingdom, Worcester Racecourse
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Saturday 26 June 2021, 15:15

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Venue Lingfield, United Kingdom, Lingfield Park Resort
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Saturday 26 June 2021, 15:15

UB40 - Live After Racing

with UB40

Venue Surrey, United Kingdom, Lingfield Park
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Sunday 21 November 2021, 20:00

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Venue Co. Kerry, Ireland, INEC Gleneagle Hotel
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About UB40

In 1978 the two brothers Robin and Alistar "Ali" Ian Campbell founded the band UB40 in Birmingham. They bought their first musical instruments from the compensation money they received in a bar after a brawl. The band's name is the abbreviation of the British Unemplyment Benefit Form 40.
Their first demo tape was played on the radio, after which they were invited by DJ John Peel to record in his studio. Shortly thereafter, UB40 went on tour in 1980 as a support band for the Pretenders and got a record deal with a small indie label. During their tour as support band they released their first single "Food for Thought" which promptly made it to number four in the English charts.
The debut album "Signing Off" topped this success and climbed to number two on the British album charts. UB40 were the first band that managed to unite reggae and indie rock in such a unique way.
After they separated from their label, UB40 released their second album "Labour of Love" which contains only cover versions, under their own label DEP International. The cover version of the Neil Diamond hit "Red Red Wine" rose to number one in the British charts and even made it into the charts in Germany.
The band, however, was not able to continue this success. They released six more albums but never reached more international attention. In 1988 UB40 played their hit "Red Red Wine" at a concert in honour of Nelson Mandela and decided to release it a second time. Again the song became a number one hit and also the following album "Labour of Love 2" sold very well.
Four years later the album "Promises and Lies" was released. The cover version of "Can't Help Falling in Love", a song by Elvis Presley, became a big hit and reached second place in the English charts. For the first time UB40 was also represented in the charts in the USA.
But also after this flight of fancy the band became quiet again. In 2008 Ali Campbell and Michael Virtue announced to leave the band. On the following tours the band performed with Duncan Campbell as singer and Tony Mullins as keyboarder. In 2011, the band members and their label officially filed for bankruptcy. In 2013 Terence "Astro" Oswald also left the band. The three dropouts got together again and founded the band UB40 anew. In 2018 Virtue left the band again. Ali and Astro are performing with an 8-piece reggae band on their big 2019 tour.
For their anniversary 2018 UB40 released the album "A Real Labour of Love"