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Due to popular demand, reggae legends UB40 have confirmed extra UK live dates for October 2015, calling at Sunderland Empire for one night only – Friday 9 October 2015.
The autumn leg of UB40’s ‘Getting Over The Storm’ tour begins on Friday, 2ndOctober at De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and ends at Cardiff’s new state-of the-art Tramshed venue on Saturday, 24th October – by which time the band will have completed ninety UK shows and performed to over 170,000 people since the tour began in March 2014, making it the biggest UK tour of UB40’s career.
UB40 are Robin Campbell (co-lead vocals and guitar), Duncan Campbell (lead vocals) Earl Falconer (bass, vocal), Brian Travers (sax and keyboards), Jimmy Brown (drums), Norman Hassan (percussion, vocals).
The band also feature, Martin Meredith (sax) and Lawrence Parry (trumpet), who have both been in UB40’s touring line-up for over twenty years, and Tony Mullins (keyboards).
Naming themselves after the unemployment benefit form, UB40 formed in 1978, before releasing their debut album ‘Signing Off’ in August 1980 – considered by many to be one of the greatest reggae albums ever released by a British band. It was the start of a career that has since seen the band have over forty UK Top 40 hit singles and achieve sales of over 100 million records, making UB40 one of the most successful British groups of all-time. The band’s latest Top 30 album ‘Getting Over The Storm’ was awarded BBC Radio 2’s ‘Album Of The Week’ accolade and received 5-star reviews from the UK’s music press on its release in September 2013.
UB40’s UK TOUR DATES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Friday 2nd- BEXHILL, De La Warr Pavilion
Saturday 3rd– EXETER, Great Hall
Thursday 8th– GLASGOW, O2 ABC
Friday 9th– SUNDERLAND Empire
Saturday 10th– LEEDS, O2 Academy
Tuesday 13th– IPSWICH, Regent Theatre
Wednesday 14th– SHREWSBURY, The Buttermarket
Friday 16th– SWINDON, Oasis
Saturday 17th– MARGATE, Winter Gardens
Sunday 18th– AYLSEBURY, Waterside Theatre
Wednesday 21st– PORTSMOUTH, Guildhall
Thursday 22nd– HATFIELD, The Forum
Friday 23rd– WARWICKUNIVERSITY, The Copper Rooms
Saturday 24th– CARDIFF, Tramshed
Tickets available in person at the Box Office from £31, or from £33.90 by calling 0844 871 3022* or booking online at www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland* plus a transaction fee applies.