UB40 heading south on anniversary tour

UB40 will play in Queenstown in the new year. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
UB40 will play in Queenstown in the new year. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
British reggae band UB40 is set to hit the Queenstown stage next year as part of its New Zealand tour.

The band will return to celebrate their 40th anniversary and to perform all their hits at shows in Queenstown, Napier, New Plymouth, Matakana, Tauranga and Nelson.

The Queenstown venue is still to be announced. The band will be without founding member, lyricist and lead sax player Brian Travers who died of cancer in 2021 and original lead singer Ali Campbell who left the band in 2008.

They will be joined by rock bands Jefferson Starship and Dragon.

In an announcement yesterday, the band said it always looked forward to trips down under.

"It's one of our favourite places in the world to perform, but with so many uncertainties in the world these past two years, we felt it was far more important to focus on everyone's safety.

"Now that borders have reopened, we're finally ready to get back to New Zealand and perform the show fans have been waiting for."

The tour will offer audiences a taste of classic hits like Food for Thought, 1 in 10, Red Red Wine, Kingston Town and Can't Help falling In Love With You, as well as tracks from the latest releases For the Many and Bigga Baggariddim, which will be performed live in New Zealand for the first time.

The band has achieved more than 40 top 40 hits in Britain, and with international sales of more than 100 million records, is one of the biggest UK music acts of all time.

Presale tickets can be purchased at noon tomorrow and general public tickets go on sale on April 26 through the Trademark Group.

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