As part of their 40th anniversary celebrations, Britain’s world-famous reggae band UB40 has released their first new studio album in five years before embarking on a nationwide 40-date UK tour in 2019.

Titled For The Many, the new album will be the Birmingham reggae veterans’ nineteenth studio album, featuring UB40 founder members Robin Campbell (co-vocals and guitar), Brian Travers (saxophone and keyboards), Jimmy Brown (drums), Earl Falconer (bass, keyboards and vocals) and Norman Hassan (percussion and vocals), and long-time members Duncan Campbell (vocals), Martin Meredith (saxophone), Laurence Parry (trumpet) and Tony Mullings (keyboards).

The band will also be releasing two companion versions of For The Many, as Brian Travers explains, “We have really enjoyed making this album, a huge amount of work went into it. It became a massive piece of work so, in addition to the regular version of the album, there will be a dub version and a collaboration version, featuring guest artists from all around the world.”

Travers added, “Both our new album and the tour are going to be called For The Many, which we adopted from Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party slogan. It is our 40th anniversary, so we are doing forty dates to celebrate that. We can’t wait to start that tour.

Singer Duncan Campbell said, “After ten years of fronting UB40, for us to do an album of our own original material feels like this is the final hurdle for me. The album and its title reflect how UB40 are all in support of Jeremy Corbyn. Both of the songs I have written on the album also reflect this support of The Labour Party. We all feel this album is an album going back to what UB40 was all about. We are all excited for everybody to hear the album and looking forward to touring it.”

Co-vocalist and guitarist Robin Campbell added, “For The Many is a great mix of reggae styles, while the different artists we have collaborated with will appeal to more fans and tastes in reggae; it really is an album for the many. The 2019 UK tour is a continuation of our 40th year celebrations, as well as sharing tracks from our latest album. Forty dates around the UK instead of a few arenas means that our fans from all over the UK can get to see us much more locally and up close; truly a tour for the many.”

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.

TOUR DATES 2019

March

Date Venue
Fri 29th Guildhall Portsmouth
Sat 30th Leas Cliffs Hall Folkestone
Sun 31st Winter Gardens Margate

April

Date Venue
Tue 2nd White Rock Hastings
Thu 4th Lighthouse Poole
Fri 5th Pavilions Plymouth
Sat 6th The Forum Bath
Sun 7th Town Hall Cheltenham
Tue 9th Tramshed Cardiff
Fri 12th The Assembly Leamington Spa
Sat 13th The Assembly Leamington Spa
Sun 14th Victoria Hall Stoke
Tue 16th Venue Cymru Llandudno
Wed 17th Aston Hall Wrexham
Fri 19th Guildhall Preston
Sat 20th Olympia Liverpool
Tue 23rd Engine Shed Lincoln
Thu 25th The Dome Doncaster
Fri 26th Barbican York
Sat 27th The Venue Hull
Mon 29th The Sands Carlisle

May

Date Venue
Wed 1st Horsecross Perth
Thu 2nd Usher Hall Edinburgh
Fri 3rd Barrowlands Glasgow
Sun 5th City Hall Newcastle
Mon 6th Town Hall Middlesbrough
Tue 7th Spa Scarborough
Thu 9th O2 Academy Sheffield
Fri 10th MK Arena Milton Keynes
Sat 11th De Montfort Hall Leicester
Mon 13th Royal Concert Hall Nottingham
Tue 14th Charter Hall Colchester
Thu 16th Royal & Derngate Theatre Northampton
Fri 17th UEA Norwich
Sat 18th Cliffs Pavilion Southend
Mon 20th Corn Exchange Cambridge
Tue 21st Waterside Aylesbury
Wed 22nd G Live Guildford
Fri 24th Colosseum Watford
Sun 26th Roundhouse London

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