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UB40 to play at a town race meet in the Spring

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

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REGGAE stars UB40 have announced they will play last gig of their first UK tour for more than three years at Uttoxeter Racecourse.

Starting at the O2 ABC in Glasgow on March 31, the band will play shows across the UK this year.

And the most successful reggae act in UK history will perform after a race meet in Uttoxeter on May 17.

Uttoxeter Racecourse’s executive director, David MacDonald, said: “UB40 must be the most famous band to play Uttoxeter and it is really exciting, not only for the racecourse but for the whole community.

“The concert will bring fans into the area from all over the UK and Europe.

“They’re incredible performers and just amazing live, so I think this will be a really special night.”

UB40 are one of the world’s best-selling acts, with over 70 million record sales to their name.

Hits such as Red Red Wine, One in Ten, Kingston Town and Can’t Help Falling in Love propelled them to stardom during a ska-reggae revival in the 1980s.

Can’t Help Falling in Love was a number one single on both sides of the Atlantic and is the title track of raunchy 1990s Hollywood thriller Basic Instinct.

Throughout their 30-year career, UB40 have been twice nominated for the best reggae album at the Grammy Awards and they continue to tour to sell-out arenas and festivals globally.

Tickets are already on sale either online or from the racecourse office.

Anyone buying either a Grandstand and Paddock or Premier ticket will get the chance to enjoy a full race meeting followed by the concert.

UB40 formed in Birmingham in 1978 and soon developed a cult following within the UK.

That following developed into an international audience during the 1980s in the height of the ‘two-tone’ movement of ska and reggae bands.

The announcement comes after X Factor star Matt Cardle confirmed he is to perform at the Acoustic Festival of Great Britain, an annual event which also held at the Wood Lane racecourse.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk or by calling 01889 562561.

Updates about the show will be ongoing via twitter@UttoxeterRaces and on Uttoxeter Racecourse’s Facebook page.

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