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The reggae-pop trailblazers

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 early 2021, they were announced as headliners for The Bath Festival Grand Finale Weekend and Scarborough Open Air Theatre in August 2021 – plus revealed a special concert at Dreamland Margate on 11 September 2021. Ali and Astro also confirmed The Unprecedented Tour showcasing all UB40’s classic hits was rescheduled to February and March 2022, and their Nocturne Live appearance at Blenheim Palace with support from Jimmy Cliff and Aswad was moved to June 2022.

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Special show at Dreamland Margate announced

Special show at Dreamland Margate announced

Enjoying seeing UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro play with the seaside and beloved amusement park as the backdrop on Saturday 11 September 2021. Tickets go on sale from 11:00 on Friday 16 April 2021.

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UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro are headlining The Bath Festival Finale Weekender on 8 August 2021 and Scarborough Open Air Theatre on 28 August 2021. They are also doing a special outdoor gig at Dreamland Margate on 11 September 2021.

In 2022, Ali and Astro are bringing The Unprecedented Tour across the UK in February and March 2022 and headlining Nocturne Live on 17 June 2022.

Catch UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro on tour in the following UK towns and cities in 2021 and 2022:

  • Bath
  • Scarborough
  • Margate (new date)
  • London
  • Brighton
  • Cardiff
  • Birmingham
  • Sheffield
  • Woodstock

Tickets for UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro's newly added Dreamland Margate concert go on sale from 11:00 on Friday 16 April 2021. Tickets for all their other previously announced 2021 and 2022 tour dates are on sale now.

UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro top a line-up for The Bath Festival Finale Weekender that includes McFly, Scouting For Girls, Billy Ocean, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and more.

Special guests are still to be announced for The Unprecedented Tour.

UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro will get support from Jimmy Cliff and Aswad at their Nocturne Live appearance in 2022.

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.