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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 9:00 | Filled in General Updates

  Reggae legends UB40 will play their seminal debut album ‘Signing Off’ in its entirety during their European tour dates in January and February 2017.

The fourteen-date tour starts on 23rd January at Paderhalle in Paderborn, Germany, and ends on 10th February at De Hofnar in Aaltan, Netherlands.

‘Signing Off’ was heralded as a landmark album when it was released in late August 1980. Considered by many as one of the greatest reggae albums ever released by a British band, ‘Signing Off’ was well received amongst many music fans, including followers of punk and the 2 Tone movement, and struck a chord amongst a large proportion of the UK’s disaffected youth.

Mixing reggae and dub, ‘Signing Off’ chronicled the times, and wider social and political issues, as well as the plight of communities throughout the UK during the early Thatcher years.

‘Signing Off’ went on to attain Platinum status after spending 71 weeks in charts, peaking at #2. The album features hit singles ‘King’/‘Food For Thought’ and ‘I Think It’s Going to Rain Today’ (#4 & # 6 on the UK singles chart, respectively), along with other UB40 classics such as ‘Tyler’, ‘Madam Medusa’ and ‘Burden of Shame’. 

The album artwork for ‘Signing Off’ also famously depicted a replica of the bright yellow unemployment card from which the Birmingham-based band took its name: Unemployment Benefit, Form 40.

UB40 founding member and saxophonist Brain Travers said, In 2010 we toured ‘Signing Off’ across the UK to celebrate its 30th anniversary, but this is the first time we’ve taken this tour to mainland Europe.

“The original idea was to go back to where we started, downtown to the heart of the cities and the venues where we played our first gigs, then perform our first album ‘Signing Off’ in its entirety, something we had never done before. It was an amazing experience for both our audience and the band. Every night we were looking at each other and saying, “Why didn’t we do this years ago?”

In addition to performing ‘Signing Off’ in it’s entirely, UB40 will perform a second set featuring many of the band’s greatest hits.

Since the release of ‘Signing Off’, UB40 have become one of the most successful reggae groups of all time, with over forty UK Top 40 hit singles and sales of 100million records across the world.

The tour dates are as follows:


Mon 23 Paderhalle – Paderborn, Germany

Tue 24 Im Wizeman – Stuattgart, Germany

Thu 26 Haus Auensee – Leipzig, Germany

Fri 27 Die Kantine – Köln, Germany

Sat 28 Muffathalle – München, Germany

Mon 30 Friedrichstadt- Palast – Berlin, Germany

Tue 31 Markthalle – Hamburg, Germany


Wed 1 Batschkapp – Frankfurt, Germany

Fri 3 Capitol – Hannover, Germany

Sat 4 Tobakken – Esbjerg, Denmark

Mon 6 Saarbrücken -Garage, Germany

Wed 8 AB – Brussels, Belgium

Thu 9 TivoliVredenburg – Utrecht, Netherlands

Fri 10 De Hofnar, Aaltan – Netherlands

Tickets go on sale on 24th August, available from

UB40 ONLINE / / @UB40official /

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