UB40 featuring Ali Campbell announced as Telford Concert Series Saturday headliners.
English reggae band UB40 featuring Ali Campbell have announced they will headline the Saturday night of the Telford Concert Series on Saturday 8 July 2023 at the QE11 Arena Telford Town Park.
Fans can sign up to the pre-sale to gain early access to tickets at https://bit.ly/3UHi9TC
N-Dubz will headline the Sunday (9 July) with tickets on sale 10am 25 November.
Telford & Wrekin Council leader, Councillor Shaun Davies (Labour) said:
“Delighted to be announcing that the second headline act in the Telford Concert Series in July 2023 is UB40 featuring Ali Campbell. There was so much excitement around the announcement last week that N-Dubz will be headlining on the Sunday night (9 July 2023) we hope that today’s update will create the same buzz!
The Telford Concert Series is brought to the QE11 Arena Telford Town Park by Orchard Live who will be delivering their third headline music series here.”
Connor Cupples of Orchard Live said:
‘’The reaction to the N-Dubz announcement was unprecedented, so we are thrilled to follow it up by announcing Saturday night headliners, the legendary UB40 featuring Ali Campbell.
I’m sure these gigs will be the shows of the summer!’’
Tickets are on sale from 12noon Friday 25 November from ticketstelford.com.
UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, the founding member and lead singer of UB40. Ali left the original band in 2008 citing management issues and was vindicated when said managers were struck off. Ali was then reunited with Astro when he left the original band in 2013. Ali and Astro took the world by storm, captivating audiences everywhere they went, releasing three new albums together reaching number 2 in the UK charts. Heartbreakingly, Astro passed away after a very short illness in November 2021 after they’d finished their incredible fourth album – Unprecedented.
Ali Campbell can still remember the first time he met Astro, a musician who would have a profound impact on him as a lifelong friend and bandmate. It was in Birmingham in the late 1970s, when the pair were in their teens and Astro was part of a crew of skinheads who roamed the local neighbourhood in sheepskin coats, leaving Ali slightly in awe.
Astro, born Terence Wilson, got his nickname on account of his fondness for Dr.Martens boots emblazoned with the brand name Astronaut. When he joined up with singer and guitarist Campbell a few years later in the fledgling UB40, supplying additional vocals and playing trumpet and percussion, he added the final piece to a musical jigsaw that went on to conquer the charts and put British reggae on the world map.
“Astro’s death came as such a shock, and I’m still reeling from it,” says Ali Campbell. “This album is now more poignant and special than either of us could have imagined when we were recording it. Astro heartbreakingly passed just two weeks after we’d finished the final mixes, so this is a way of keeping his memory alive.”