The current line-up of hugely prominent British reggae band UB40, featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virte, have announced a forthcoming new album due for release in September and a tour which sees them arrive at Belfast’s Limelight on October 23.
The original eight members came together in 1978 in Birmingham, bonding over their shared love of Jamican reggae and quickly developed a reggae-pop sound that struck gold with the mainstream music market.
The band, who named themselves after the signing-on document issued to people claiming unemployment benefit in the UK, performed on John Peel’s Radio One Show in 1980 before supporting The Pretenders on tour.
Their breakthrough came in 1983 when their hit single Red, Red Wine topped the charts. Then came hits like I Got You Babe, recorded with Chrissie Hynde, and Can’t Help Falling In Love, which stayed at the top of the US charts for seven consecutive weeks, plus the now seminal Kingston Town.
UB40 have evolved through more than 30 years in the music business, clocking up more than 40 million record sales worldwide. The band’s initial line up lasted for 30 years from the band’s formation in 1978 until front-man Ali Campbell’s departure from the band in 2008. Since that time, two other founding members, Mickey Virtue and Astro, also left the band, and the trio are now UB40 Reunited. The founding members are now embarking on a world tour, playing the much-vaunted hits as well as new tracks from the forthcoming album Getting Over The Storm.
Tickets for UB40, Limelight 1, Belfast, October 23 are availble now via www.ticketmaster.ie or call 0844 277 44 55.