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UB40

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Covers Band/Tribute Act
Dancehall
Dubstep
Pop
Reggae
Rock

1 Upcoming Event

Sat
19
Oct
Johnny 2 Bad
The 5:15 Club B30 3JH, Birmingham
From 7:00PM

Biography

The story of UB40, and how this group of young friends from Birmingham transcended their working-class origins to become the world’s most successful reggae band, selling over 100 million records and spending over a combined 11 years in the UK album charts, is not the stuff of fairytales as might be imagined.

The group’s led a charmed life in many respects it’s true, but it’s been a long haul since the days they’d meet up in the bars and clubs around Moseley, and some of them had to scrape by on less than £8 a week unemployment benefit.

The choice was simple if you’d left school early. You could either work in one of the local factories, like Robin Campbell did, or scuffle along aimlessly whilst waiting for something else to happen.



By the summer of 1978, something else did happen, and the nucleus of UB40 began rehearsing in a local basement. Robin’s younger brother Ali, Earl Falconer, Brian Travers and James Brown all knew each other from Moseley School of Art, whilst Norman Hassan had been a friend of the Campbells since junior school.

Their line-up would remain unchanged for thirty years.

In 2021 the band welcomed Matt Doyle as the new lead singer, replacing Duncan Campbell, who had previously replaced Ali Campbell in 2008.

UB45, the new album celebrating 45 years of UB40 is on its way - presave it now: https://lnk.to/UB40-45

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Biography

The story of UB40, and how this group of young friends from Birmingham transcended their working-class origins to become the world’s most successful reggae band, selling over 100 million records and spending over a combined 11 years in the UK album charts, is not the stuff of fairytales as might be imagined.

The group’s led a charmed life in many respects it’s true, but it’s been a long haul since the days they’d meet up in the bars and clubs around Moseley, and some of them had to scrape by on less than £8 a week unemployment benefit.

The choice was simple if you’d left school early. You could either work in one of the local factories, like Robin Campbell did, or scuffle along aimlessly whilst waiting for something else to happen.



By the summer of 1978, something else did happen, and the nucleus of UB40 began rehearsing in a local basement. Robin’s younger brother Ali, Earl Falconer, Brian Travers and James Brown all knew each other from Moseley School of Art, whilst Norman Hassan had been a friend of the Campbells since junior school.

Their line-up would remain unchanged for thirty years.

In 2021 the band welcomed Matt Doyle as the new lead singer, replacing Duncan Campbell, who had previously replaced Ali Campbell in 2008.

UB45, the new album celebrating 45 years of UB40 is on its way - presave it now: https://lnk.to/UB40-45

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