As part of their 40th anniversary celebrations, Britain's world-famous reggae band UB40 will release their first new studio album in five years in September 2018, before embarking on an extensive UK tour in 2019, performing at Charter Hall in Colchester on 14 May 2019. Titled 'For The Many', the new album will be their nineteenth studio album, featuring UB40 founder members Robin Campbell (co-vocals/Guitar), Brian Travers (saxophone/keyboards), Jimmy Brown (drums), Earl Falconer (bass/keyboards/vocals) and Norman Hassan (percussion/vocals), and long-time members Duncan Campbell (vocals), Martin Meredith (saxophone), Laurence Parry (trumpet) and Tony Mullings (keyboards).UB40 formed in 1978, naming themselves after the unemployment benefit form, before releasing their debut album 'Signing Off' in August 1980 - considered by many to be one of the greatest reggae albums ever released by a British band.It was the start of a career that has since seen UB40 have forty UK Top 40 hit singles and - with sales of over 100 million records - seen their albums reside in the UK's Top 75 album chart for a combined period of eleven years, making UB40 one of the most successful British groups of all-time.
Cllr Nick Barlow, Colchester Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Commercial Services commented: "This is yet another example of a bestselling artist putting Colchester on their tour schedule for 2019, showing that our town is most definitely 'on the map' for attracting top performers and acts touring the UK."
UB40 will showcase songs from new album 'For The Many' alongside many of their seventeen UK Top 10 hit singles, including 'Kingston Town', 'Food For Thought', 'One In Ten', 'I Can't Help Falling In Love With You' and, of course, 'Red, Red Wine', amongst other fan favourites.
Tickets go on sale online this Friday 1 June on our Events website.