Ali Campbell

UB40 are a 10 piece live instrumental band playing live in concert with legendary voice of ALI CAMBELL

Formed in Birmingham in 1978, they took their name UB40 from the form that its members filled in to receive unemployment assistance. Soon, that subsidy wasn’t needed, because their debut album "Signing Off", rose to number 2 in the British charts thanks to classics songs such as "Food for Thought".

Then they uncovered their specialty: by converting foreign songs into their own style, moving them to their particular union of reggae and pop.

The album"Labour of Love" went platinum twice thanks to their versions of "Red Red Wine" and "Many Rivers to Cross". During its more than three decades of life, the band has continue drealising hit records, reaching 70 million albums sold, and successfully turning around the world.

Ali Campbell has one of the UK’s most distinctive and recognisable voices in the music industry.

As lead singer with the world-renowned group UB40, he has sold over 60 million records worldwide, toured across the globe, notched up four number No. 1 world-wide singles, over 40 Top 40 UK singles, released 24 studio albums and received an Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement.

A whole generation has grown up listening to Ali’s infectious vocals on classics like ‘One in Ten’ ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Don’t Break My Heart’ and ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’.

In October 2007 Ali released a solo album, Running Free, featuring guest artists including, amongst others, Smokey Robinson, Mick Hucknall and Sly and Robbie. The album was a success and went top 10 in the UK charts and attained gold status.

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 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, or scuffle along aimlessly whilst waiting for something else to happen.

UB40’s first album was released the following September, on Graduate Records. Their deal allowed them more creative freedom than if they had signed with a major label.

The cover artwork memorably duplicated an unemployment benefit card, with the title "Signing Off" rubber-stamped in red, but it was the music that quickly worked its way into the affections of a young, mainly student crowd with its knowing lyrics, solid reggae rhythms and dubby, instrumental passages, offset by warm horn s olos and Jamaican style scatting. There was nothing else like it at the time.

As a multi-cultural band from Birmingham, UB40 weren’t drawn into trying to sound "authentic," and there was considerably more depth to their music than that of many punk and 2Tone bands. "I’m a British subject, not proud of it, whilst I carry the burden of shame," they sang on one of the tracks.

Accepting the truth of their own situation amidst a sea of other reggae songs proclaiming black heritage gave us a valuable insight into where UB40 were coming from.

They were unafraid to stand up and be counted, and British audiences instinctively loved them for it. "Signing Off" duly went to No. 2 in the UK and stayed on the nation’s album charts for 72 weeks.

Tickets are limited for this one off concert not to be missed so book now to avoid disappointment.

Tickets On Sale Mon 3rd June. Email to Pre reserve your tickets now to info@heatwavepromotions.com. or contact our hotline 966792595

Performing at ‘Eras De Las Sal’ open air theatre in the centre of Torreveija on August 8th Doors Open 8pm.

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