UB40 line up giant gig in Sandwell Valley Country Park this summer


The Birmingham's world-famous reggae stars UB40 are set to play an outdoor summer concert this year that will bring back memories of a 1980s' stadium show in the city

Tickets have gone on sale for a giant UB40 show in Sandwell Valley Country Park - and if you want to turn your under five-year-olds into fans of the timeless stars they can go for free.

The band has been constantly on tour since their first gig on February 9, 1979 at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath.

Now, after achieving 70 million album sales, two US No 1 hits and four Grammy nominations, UB40 are once again putting on a big show on home turf.

For longtime fans, the party in the park will bring back memories of a show at Blues' St Andrew's Ground on June 11, 1989 which saw the band celebrating their tenth anniversary in front of 24,000 people

Alongside Madness, UB40 hold the record for the most time spent in the charts in the 1980s with 214 weeks

Back then, they were still as one, with original lead singer Ali Campbell almost 20 years away from taking Astro and Mickey Virtue out of the classic line-up.

After quitting UB40 in 2008, Ali has since forged his own career, albeit while waging a war of words against his brothers and also losing keyboard player Mickey Virtue from his line-up in December 2018