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With support from - The Brand New Heavies + Indica Campbell
UB40 are Britain's greatest reggae artists and have survived more than 30 years in the music business, clocking up more than 70 million record sales worldwide with songs like Kingston Townand Red, Red Wine. With over 50 singles in the UK Chart, UB40’s contribution to pop music is extraordinary.
Ali, Mickey and Virtue, the three founding members are currently embarking on a huge world tour, which the fans have been crying out for, playing all the hits and new tracks from the forthcoming album, which will be released later in 2014. Due to phenomenal public demand, new dates have been added atBirmingham NIA on Friday 17th April 2015 and London’s O2 Academy Brixton on Saturday 18th April 2015 (with support from funk group Brand New Heavies).
The summer of 1978 saw the eight members of the Birmingham band, soon to become UB40, drawn together by their love of Jamaican reggae. Taking their name from a notorious British unemployment form, the band played their first local gig in Birmingham in 1979, and spent the rest of the year performing at pubs and clubs around the UK. British radio legend John Peel was so impressed with the group's first demo tape that he invited them to perform on his Radio One show in 1980. At the same time, the band were also asked to support The Pretenders on their triumphant national tour. They released a Top 5 single in the UK in February 1980 and, in 1981, released a brace of albums, 'Present Arms' and 'Present Arms In Dub'. Their breakthrough came with the hit single, 'Red, Red Wine'. The song topped the British singles charts in 1983 and, after renewed promotion following the 1988 Nelson Mandela Concert at Wembley, the single reached the number 1 spot in the US.
Touring America and Canada in 1985, the group celebrated another hit single with 'I Got You Babe', recorded with Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders. In 1986 they finished 'Rat In The Kitchen', and further recording in 1987 and 1988 was complimented by a world tour. 1993's platinum selling album, 'Promises And Lies', spawned the hit 'Can't Help Falling In Love', which topped the U.S. pop chart for seven consecutive weeks. The subsequent tour culminated in a series of shows in South Africa, with them dedicating their anti-apartheid anthem, 'Sing Our Own Song', to President Nelson Mandela.
The band's initial line up lasted for 30 years from the band's formation in 1978 until front-man Ali Campbell’s departure from the band in 2008. Since that time, two other founding members (Mickey Virtue and Astro) have also left the band, and the trio of Campbell, Virtue, and Astro have since formed UB40.
The Brand New Heavies who will be supporting the band for their London O2 Academy Brixton show are without doubt true pioneers of the London Acid Jazz scene. A British institution, their unique mix of jazz, funk and soul has lit up the UK music scene for well over two decades. Over the years The Brand New Heavies have been responsible for some of the UK’s biggest R & B/ soul tracks, scoring 16 top 40 singles including ‘Dream On Dreamer’ and ‘You’ve Got A Friend’, as well as over two million album sales.
Children aged 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult of 18 or older.
For standing shows, our recommendation is that children under the age of 14
should not purchase standing tickets and enter the standing floor area, and
any children aged 15 or 16 can enter the standing floor area but should be
accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.
The NIA is situated on King Edwards Road, the postcode for sat-nav users is
As travel to and from the venue is such an important part of the overall
experience, you may prefer, where possible, to use public transport.
However, is you decide to travel, we strongly recommend that you allow plenty
of time for your journey, in order to arrive at the venue for the "doors open"
time printed on your ticket.
If travelling by car, there is limited pay and display parking available at the
venue. Alternative car parking facilities, within walking distance of the venue,
are located as follows:
Brindley Place - access via Sheepcote Street
Brindley Place - access via Cambridge Street
Civic Centre - access via Cambridge Street
Please refer to the enclosed ticket wallet for a map of the car park locations.
If you are travelling by train, Birmingham's New Street and Snow Hill stations
are only 10 minutes away from the venue.
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