The Diary

On Tour Diaries

Following the announcement by three former members of UB40 of their intention to ‘reform’ to record a new album and to perform live under the name UB40, the five founding members of UB40 wish to make the following statement:

“We are outraged at this latest desperate attempt by our former band mates to hijack UB40′s brand name, business and legacy. As UB40 we have worked continuously for the last 35 years touring the world with our live show and promoting our recorded albums.

“As our fans know, Ali Campbell left UB40 six years ago citing issues with the band’s management, and has since pursued a solo career. In that time, Ali has repeatedly attempted to discredit his brothers and former band mates, through the media and otherwise, but this latest attempt to confuse and manipulate UB40′s fans is, frankly, pathetic. We are disappointed that he feels it necessary to behave in this way and equally disappointed that Astro has joined with him.

“UB40’s five remaining founding members Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, Jimmy Brown, Earl Falconer and Norman Hassan will be touring extensively throughout 2014 and the UK in March and April. With this in mind, UB40 are delighted to announce that extra dates have been added, including a second night in Birmingham on April 19th, with tickets going on sale from Monday, 27th January. For all genuine UB40 dates please go to our official website, Facebook and Twitter pages at , and @UB40official.

“As for Ali, Mickey and Astro, the matter is now in the hands of our lawyers”.

2nd Dublin Date Added to 2014 Tour

UB40 are delighted to announce that the Dublin show at The Academy on the 27th of March 2014 is now sold out, and a second show has been added on the 28th of March 2014. Tickets are on sale now.

Tilburg Show

UB40 are pleased to announce that tonight’s show in Tilburg will go ahead as Duncan is recovering nicely. However the Kerkrade and Haarlem shows will be rescheduled for April 2014. UB40 would really like to say thank you to all their fans for their wonderful support.

Cancelled Show

UB40 are sad to announce that tonight’s show has had to be cancelled in Kerkrade Holland, due to lead singer Duncan Campbell losing his voice. The band have rescheduled the Kerkrade show to Wednesday 4th December. Apologies to all the fans, we look forward to seeing you on the 4th.


Reggae stars UB40 have released a statement following the shock departure of founding member Astro earlier today (Friday, 22nd November, 2013):

“UB40 are shocked and saddened by not only Astro’s decision to quit the band, but also his refusal to honour his touring commitments. We have several tours booked in the coming months, including our biggest UK tour for three years, and he has not only let us down but also our fans. While we are naturally disappointed that Astro will not be with us at these shows, UB40 will continue and are looking forward to a positive 2014.”

For further enquiries please contact Dave Clarke at:

Phone: + 44 (0) 7966 557774
Twitter: @PlanetEarthDC