Birmingham’s renowned pop and reggae band UB40 have announced ‘Cities and Towns’ a 13-date tour across the UK from 4 – 22 December 2017. The tour launches at Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall on Monday 4th December with a special homecoming show in Birmingham on 15th, finishing in Southampton on 22nd December, with a Devon gig included.
UB40 evolved from the humble beginnings of Moseley in Birmingham to become the world’s most successful reggae infused band in the UK.
Nominated for a Grammy Award for the Best Reggae album four times, and a Brit award for Best British Group. The collective are one of the world’s best, selling British groups with over 70 million records sold to date.
During their three decade career they have performed sell out shows all over the world, headlined the Reggae Sunsplash music festival in Jamaica and were responsible for introducing reggae to Russia, South America and beyond.
The band’s name UB40 originates from the unemployment benefit form of the same name, which also provided the artwork on their 1st album ‘Signing off’, considered by many to be one of the greatest reggae albums of all time.
It was the start of a stellar career that produced over 50 singles, conquering the charts with hits including; ‘Food for thought’, party anthem ‘Red, red wine’, Elvis cover ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’, ‘I Got You Babe’ performed with Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders and their iconic albums ‘Labour Of Love’, and ‘Promises and Lies’ both of which hit the number 1 album spots and went double platinum in the UK.
The December 2017 tour ‘Cities and Towns’ features the bands five founding members; Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, Jimmy Brown, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan, and four long-time members Duncan Campbell, Martin Meredith, Laurence Parry & Tony Mullings.
DECEMBER 2017 TOUR DATES
Mon 4th Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
Tue 5th London Eventim Apollo
Wed 6th Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Fri 8th Aberdeen Oil and Gas Arena
Sat 9th Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
Sun 10th Leeds First Direct Arena
Wed 13th Brighton Centre
Thur 14th Newport Neon
Fri 15th Birmingham Genting Arena
Sun 17th Manchester O2 Apollo
Mon 18th Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thur 21st Exeter Great Hall
Fri 22nd Southampton Guildhall
(from a press release)