UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro And Mickey

UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro And Mickey

O2 Academy Brixton, London

Performing: UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey and The Brand New Heavies

No under 14s in the standing area, 0 - 14s must be accompanied by an adult. No refunds will be given for incorrectly booked tickets.

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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.


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No Under 8s
U14s must be accompanied by an adult and seated upstairs
Under 25's require I.D to purchase alcohol

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