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Embarking on The Unprecedented Tour in April 2021

UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell and Astro comprise two founding members of the original UB40 band. The English reggae/dub group were formed at the end of 1978 by several young friends from the multicultural neighbourhoods of Birmingham. Coming from working class origins, the name UB40 alluded to the UK government’s Unemployment Benefit Form 40, which many people at that time were scraping by on.

In 1980, UB40 debuted the double A-side songs King (in reference to Martin Luther King) and Food For Thought (about third world poverty), the latter of which hit the No.4 spot on the UK singles list. That year Chrissie Hynde also invited the band to provide support on The Pretenders' national tour.

Between 1983 and 1998, UB40 recorded three Labour Of Love albums featuring reggae covers of pop-rock songs like Neil Diamond’s Red Red Wine (which hit No.1 in the UK and US) as well as Eric Donaldson’s Cherry Oh Baby, The Temptations’ The Way You Do The Things You Do, Johnny Osbourne’s Come Back Darling, Lord Creator’s Kingston Town and Al Green’s Here I Am (Come And Take Me). In 1993 they also released the album Promises And Lies whose lead single, a cover of Elvis Presley’s (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You, became their biggest worldwide hit.

Over their first three decades, UB40 sold more than 70 million records and toured their smooth sound all around the globe. Among the accolades, the band was nominated for the BRIT Award for Best British Group in 1984 and the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times between 1987 and 2006.

In 2008, following the release of UB40’s 16th studio album TwentyFourSeven, frontman Ali Campbell left the group, and was followed shortly after by keyboardist Mickey Virtue. They were reunited with trumpeter and vocalist Astro (born Terence Wilson) when he departed in 2013.

Working together as a threesome going by UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey, they recorded and released Silhouette in 2014, The Hits Of UB40 Live in 2015 and Unplugged containing acoustic versions of UB40 favourites in 2016. Virtue exited in 2018 after they released a collection of cover songs called A Real Labour Of Love, which peaked at No.2 on the UK albums chart.

As UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell and Astro, the pair continue to build on the legacy of the original Birmingham band while fusing elements from other genres, actively not limiting their music to the past. Their instantly recognisable voices are backed by a dynamic seven-piece band.

In April 2020, UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell and Astro got their band together remotely and recorded an emotive cover of the late Bill Withers’ Lean On Me in aid of NHS Charities Together.

In July 2020, Ali and Astro announced The Unprecedented Tour to cross the UK in April 2021 showcasing all UB40’s classic hits and more.

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UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell and Astro are bringing The Unprecedented Tour across the UK in April 2021.

The Unprecedented Tour will stop in some of the biggest venues in the UK in April 2021. Catch them in the following cities:

UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell & Astro will also be headlining The Bath Festival Finale Weekender on 30 May 2021.

Special guests are still to be announced for The Unprecedented Tour. UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell & Astro also top a line-up for The Bath Festival Finale Weekender that includes Billy Ocean, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Seth Lakeman, Twinnie and more.

Both Ali Campbell and Astro (Terence Wilson) were founding members of the original UB40 British reggae band. Ali left in 2008 and Astro left five years later. From 2013, they performed along with Mickey Virtue as UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey. After Virtue departed in 2018, they continued as UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell and Astro.

UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell and Astro are known for their reggae-pop style of music – often performing reggae covers of pop music hits.