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Posted on 08th May 2017

14 Facts about UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey

The next artist is reggae superstars UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey who will be performing on Friday 30th June.

Here are 14 facts you may or may not have known about UB40!

  • UB40 are made up of original co-founding members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue.
 
  • The band was formed in 1978 in Birmingham.
 
  • This new version of UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey formed in 2013.
 
  • Between 1978 and 2008 UB40 released 16 studio albums, 13 of which made it into the UK Top 20 album.
 
  • In 1980 UB40 went on tour with The Pretenders. The band went on to have a UK Number One in 1985 (featuring The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde) with their cover of Sonny and Cher's I Got You Babe.
 
  • UB40 have released 47 singles in the UK - 24 of which reached the Top 20.
 
  • UB40 have also seen international success as they have had two Billboard Hot 100 Number 1’s and also in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands, France and Canada.
 
  • The group’s most successful single Red Red Wine has also been produced as a bottle of Red Wine which is available to buy on the group’s official site.
 
  • In 2003 the group won an Ivor Novello award for International Achievement and were nominated for Best British Group at The Brits in 1984.
 
  • The group have also been nominated for Best Reggae Album at The Grammy Awards four times.
 
  • They have performed sell-out shows worldwide and headlined the Reggae Sunsplash festival in Jamaica. They have also performed twice at The Night of the Proms.
 
  • UB40 are touring the UK this summer and will be following up with a large scale American and Canadian tour visiting more than 20 states in America.
 
  • In the early 80s UB40 performed live with Madness (also performing at Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Friday 3rd August).
 
  • UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey released an Unplugged album last November.


Don't miss out on your chance to see members from the original UB40 line up performing their biggest hits. Get your tickets here: UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey

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