UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro have announced a run of shows for 2021 - The Unprecedented Tour - calling at some of the biggest venues in the country.
Like so many other artists whose plans for 2020 have been thwarted by the global pandemic, the band fronted by founding members Ali Campbell and Astro, and backed by their seven-piece band, have taken the decision to tour next year.
As the most authentic expression of the Birmingham band’s original aims, Ali and Astro continue to curate and build on a legacy that dates back over four decades to the group’s formative days.
UB40 topped the UK singles chart on three occasions and sold 70 million records as they took their smooth yet rootsy musical blend to all corners of the globe.
Between 1983 and 1998 the group produced three Labour Of Love albums, bringing hits such as Eric Donaldson’s Cherry Oh Baby, Lord Creator’s Kingston Town and Johnny Osbourne’s Come Back Darling to a new global audience.
They also topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with their reggae cover of Neil Diamond’s Red Red Wine.
Their last tour visited the world’s biggest arenas, with their last album 2018’s A Real Labour of Love narrowly missing out on topping the UK charts.
During lockdown the band hit the headlines when Ali and Astro reassembled the touring band remotely to record a cover of late Bill Withers’ Lean On Me in aid of NHS Charities Together.
The tour 2021 dates are ...Friday April 9 Sheffield City HallSaturday April 10 O2, LondonSaturday April 24 Motorpoint Arena, CardiffSaturday April 24 Birmingham ArenaSaturday June 12 Worcester RacecourseSunday June 20 Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OxfordshireSaturday June 26 Lingfield Park, SurreyFriday July 9 Rochester Castle, KentTickets via www.myticket.co.uk site.