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UB40 To Release First Single In Six Years

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As part of their 40th anniversary celebrations, UB40 will release their first new single in six years, ‘Moonlight Lover’, on 12th October.

The single is the first to be released from UB40’s new album ‘For The Many’, which is due for release through Absolute on the eve of the group’s 40th anniversary tour in March 2019.

 With UB40 founding member Norman Hassan on lead vocals, Moonlight Lover also features Birmingham rap artist Gilly G, who joined UB40 on stage at their sold-out concert at the Royal Albert Hall in June for the song’s first live performance. 

 Having sung lead vocals on numerous UB40 songs throughout their career – including the live favourite ‘Johnny Too Bad’ from the Labour Of Love album – this is the first time Norman has featured as lead vocalist on a UB40 single.

USA Tour Postponed

Due to the delay of the American release of our upcoming 40th anniversary album, “For The Many”. We are sad to announce that we are postponing our American tour, until 2019. We can’t wait to get over to the states and play for our American fans. 

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Jeremy Corbyn hails UB40 as authentic socialist voice

Jeremy Corbyn paid reggae stars UB40 a surprise visit shortly before the band took to the stage at a sold-out Royal Albert Hall this week to mark the beginning of the group’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

Jeremy Corbyn hails UB40 as ‘authentic socialist voice’

Jeremy Corbyn paid reggae stars UB40 a surprise visit shortly before the band took to the stage at a sold-out Royal Albert Hall this week to mark the beginning of the group’s 40th anniversary celebrations. The Labour Party leader also paid tribute to the band, saying, “UB40 has been an authentic socialist voice representing the many not the few for 40 years. They offered hope to millions in the 1980s when they sang with justified rage about the Thatcher government’s devastating effects on communities and eight years into another period of Tory government, they continue to offer that voice. Long may they last.” In 2016, UB40 endorsed Jeremy Corbyn’s successful Labour leadership re-election campaign and joined him at a press conference to support his pledge to increase funding to the arts to reach the European average, so that “no one and no community is left behind.” To further highlight UB40’s backing for Jeremy Corbyn, their new album and 2019 UK tour will be called ‘For The Many’. UB40’s lead singer Duncan Campbell – who replaced his brother Ali after he quit the band in 2008 – said, “After ten years of fronting UB40, for us to do an album of our own original material feels like this is the final hurdle for me. The album and its title reflect how UB40 are all in support of Jeremy Corbyn. Both of the songs I have written on the album also reflect this support of The Labour Party. We all feel this album is an album going back to what UB40 was all about. We are all excited for everybody to hear the album and looking forward to touring it.” Co-vocalist and guitarist Robin Campbell added, “The 2019 UK tour is a continuation of our 40th year celebrations. Playing forty dates around the UK, instead of a few arenas, means that our fans from all over the UK can get to see us much more locally and up close – truly a tour for the many.” UB40 drummer Jimmy Brown said, “For The Many’ is a true reflection of where the band are at right now. It gave us an opportunity to go back to our roots and draw on the 1970's-style reggae that inspired us to be in a band in the first place. There's lots of dub, various guest toasters and a blend of love songs and political songs. We intended to make an uncompromising reggae album and I think we have achieved that.” The group will also be releasing two companion versions of ‘For The Many’, as Brian Travers explains, “We have really enjoyed making this album, a huge amount of work went into it. It became a massive piece of work so, in addition to the regular version of the album, there will be a dub version and a collaboration version, featuring guest artists from all around the world.” UB40 formed in 1978, naming themselves after the unemployment benefit form, 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 UB40 have forty UK Top 40 hit singles and – with sales of over 100 million records – seen their albums reside in the UK’s Top 75 album chart for a combined period of eleven years, making UB40 one of the most successful British groups of all-time. The group’s ‘For The Many’ UK Tour in 2019 will begin at Portsmouth’s Guildhall on 29th March 2019, with the final night of the tour taking place at Waterside in Aylesbury on 21st May 2019. Tickets are available from www.eventbright.co.uk, To pre-order UB40’s ‘For The Many’ go to www.pledgemusic.com/projects/ub40. www.ub40.global / http://facebook.com/ub40official / @UB40official / http://instagram.com/ub40official

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The Labour Party leader also paid tribute to the band, saying, “UB40 has been an authentic socialist voice representing the many not the few for 40 years. They offered hope to millions in the 1980s when they sang with justified rage about the Thatcher government’s devastating effects on communities and eight years into another period of Tory government, they continue to offer that voice. Long may they last.”

In 2016, UB40 endorsed Jeremy Corbyn’s successful Labour leadership re-election campaign and joined him at a press conference to support his pledge to increase funding to the arts to reach the European average, so that “no one and no community is left behind.”

To further highlight UB40’s backing for Jeremy Corbyn, their new album and 2019 UK tour will be called ‘For The Many’.

UB40’s lead singer Duncan Campbell – who replaced his brother Ali after he quit the band in 2008 – said, “After ten years of fronting UB40, for us to do an album of our own original material feels like this is the final hurdle for me. The album and its title reflect how UB40 are all in support of Jeremy Corbyn. Both of the songs I have written on the album also reflect this support of The Labour Party. We all feel this album is an album going back to what UB40 was all about. We are all excited for everybody to hear the album and looking forward to touring it.”

Co-vocalist and guitarist Robin Campbell added, “The 2019 UK tour is a continuation of our 40th year celebrations. Playing forty dates around the UK, instead of a few arenas, means that our fans from all over the UK can get to see us much more locally and up close – truly a tour for the many.”

UB40 drummer Jimmy Brown said, “For The Many’ is a true reflection of where the band are at right now. It gave us an opportunity to go back to our roots and draw on the 1970’s-style reggae that inspired us to be in a band in the first place. There’s lots of dub, various guest toasters and a blend of love songs and political songs. We intended to make an uncompromising reggae album and I think we have achieved that.”

The group will also be releasing two companion versions of ‘For The Many’, as Brian Travers explains, “We have really enjoyed making this album, a huge amount of work went into it. It became a massive piece of work so, in addition to the regular version of the album, there will be a dub version and a collaboration version, featuring guest artists from all around the world.”

UB40 formed in 1978, naming themselves after the unemployment benefit form, 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 UB40 have forty UK Top 40 hit singles and – with sales of over 100 million records – seen their albums reside in the UK’s Top 75 album chart for a combined period of eleven years, making UB40 one of the most successful British groups of all-time.

The group’s ‘For The Many’ UK Tour in 2019 will begin at Portsmouth’s Guildhall on 29th March 2019, with the final night of the tour taking place at Waterside in Aylesbury on 21st May 2019. Tickets are available from www.eventbright.co.uk,

To pre-order UB40’s ‘For The Many’ go to www.pledgemusic.com/projects/ub40.

www.ub40.global / http://facebook.com/ub40official / @UB40official / http://instagram.com/ub40official

 

New UB40 Merchandise

We have partnered with THTC Clothing to produce a range of ethical UB40 merchandise. Printed on 280GSM certified organic cotton, produced by workers paid above a living wage. 

Pre-order now: Shipping w/c 25 June.

https://shop.thtc.co.uk/collections/thtc-x-ub40 

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UB40 Announce First New Album in Five Years and 40th Anniversary Tour

As part of their 40th anniversary celebrations, Britain’s world-famous reggae band UB40 will release their first new studio album in five years in September 2018, before embarking on an extensive nationwide 40-date UK tour in 2019.

Titled For The Many’, the new album will be the Birmingham reggae veterans’ nineteenth studio album, featuring UB40 founder members Robin Campbell (co-vocals/Guitar), Brian Travers (saxophone/keyboards), Jimmy Brown (drums), Earl Falconer (bass/keyboards/vocals) and Norman Hassan (percussion/vocals), and long-time members Duncan Campbell (vocals), Martin Meredith (saxophone), Laurence Parry (trumpet) and Tony Mullings (keyboards). 

 The band will also be releasing two companion versions of ‘For The Many’, as Brian Travers explains, “We have really enjoyed making this album, a huge amount of work went into it. It became a massive piece of work so, in addition to the regular version of the album, there will be a dub version and a collaboration version, featuring guest artists from all around the world.”

 

Travers added, “Both our new album and the tour are going to be called ‘For The Many’, which we adopted from Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party slogan. It is our 40th anniversary, so we are doing forty dates to celebrate that. We can’t wait to start that tour in 2019, but the celebrations start this year with our sold-out show at the Royal Albert Hall in June, before our big hometown concert at Arena Birmingham on 21st December.” 

Singer Duncan Campbell said, “After ten years of fronting UB40, for us to do an album of our own original material feels like this is the final hurdle for me. The album and its title reflect how UB40 are all in support of Jeremy Corbyn. Both of the songs I have written on the album also reflect this support of The Labour Party. We all feel this album is an album going back to what UB40 was all about. We are all excited for everybody to hear the album and looking forward to touring it.”

Drummer Jimmy Brown said, “For The Many’ is our first original album with Duncan, and a true reflection of where the band are at right now. It gave us an opportunity to go back to our roots and draw on the 1970’s-style reggae that inspired us to be in a band in the first place. There’s lots of dub, various guest toasters and a blend of love songs and political songs. Really looking forward to playing some of these tunes live on our 40th anniversary tour in spring next year, and at our Royal Albert Hall 40th birthday gig. We intended to make an uncompromising reggae album and I think we have achieved that. I’m really happy with the final result.”

Co-vocalist and guitarist Robin Campbell added, “‘For The Many’ is a great mix of reggae styles, while the different artists we have collaborated with will appeal to more fans and tastes in reggae – it really is an album for the many. The 2019 UK tour is a continuation of our 40th year celebrations, as well as sharing tracks from our latest album. Forty dates around the UK instead of a few arenas means that our fans from all over the UK can get to see us much more locally and up close – truly a tour for the many.”

 

UB40 formed in 1978, naming themselves after the unemployment benefit form, 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 UB40 have forty UK Top 40 hit singles and – with sales of over 100 million records – seen their albums reside in the UK’s Top 75 album chart for a combined period of eleven years, making UB40 one of the most successful British groups of all-time. 

UB40 will showcase songs from ‘For The Many’ alongside many of their seventeen UK Top 10 hit singles, including ‘Kingston Town’, ‘Food For Thought’, ‘One In Ten’, ‘I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’, ‘Don’t Break My Heart’ and ‘Sing Our Own Song’ and, of course, ‘Red, Red Wine’, amongst other fan favourites.

The tour in 2019 will begin at Portsmouth’s Guildhall on 29th March 2019, with the final night of the tour taking place at The Roundhouse in London on 25th May.

A pre-sale is available from 9.00am on Friday, 25th May via https://nvite.com/community/UB40presale/

Tickets will go on general sale at 9.00am on Friday, 1st June, available from www.eventbright.co.uk, 

The full list of dates for UB40’s ‘For The Many’ tour are as follows: 

 March 2019 

29th Portsmouth Guildhall 

30th Folkestone Leas Cliffs Hall 

31st Margate Winter Gardens  

April 2019

2nd Hastings White Rock 

4th Poole Lighthouse 

5th Plymouth Pavilions 

6th Bath Forum 

7th Cheltenham Town Hall 

9th Cardiff Tramshed 

12th Leamington Spa Assembly

14th Stoke Victoria Hall 

16th Llandudno Venue Cymru 

17th Wrexham Aston Hall 

19th Preston Guildhall 

20th Liverpool Olympia 

23rd Lincoln Engine Shed 

25th Doncaster Dome 

26th York Barbican 

29th Carlisle Sands 

May 2019

1st Perth Horsecross 

2nd Edinburgh Usher Hall 

3rd Glasgow Barrowlands 

5th Newcastle City Hall 

6th Middlesbrough Town Hall 

7th Scarborough Spa 

9th Sheffield O2 Academy 

10th Milton Keynes Arena MK 

11th Leicester De Montfort Hall 

13th Nottingham Royal Concert Hall 

14th Colchester Charter Hall 

16th Northampton Royal & Derngate Theatre 

17th Norwich UEA 

18th Southend Cliffs Pavilion 

20th Cambridge Corn Exchange 

21st Aylesbury Waterside 

22nd Guildford G Live 

24th Watford Colosseum 

25th  London The Roundhouse 

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