Monday 29th January 2018
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As founding members of Britain’s biggest reggae band UB40, singer Ali Campbell, second vocalist Astro and keyboardist Mickey Virtue topped the UK singles chart on three occasions, selling over 70 million records as they took their smooth yet rootsy musical blend to all corners of the globe.
When UB40 embarked on their Labour Of Love series in 1983, they were keen to tell the world about the songs that they grew up with in Birmingham. They dug deep into the reggae and rock steady rhythms of yesteryear and ended up producing three Labour Of Love albums, spawning hit after hit including the global smash hits ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Kingston Town’ and ‘Cherry Oh Baby’. Now, with their new album ‘A Real Labour Of Love’ – to be released March 3rd on UMC – they shine a light on classic reggae tracks from the 1980s.
Appearing at the Royal Albert Hall for the first time as a trio, UB40 Featuring Ali Astro & Mickey show their support for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Their latest record ‘A Real Labour Of Love’ is dedicated to long-serving trombonist John Johnson, who sadly passed away last year.
We are honoured to be asked to support the Teenage Cancer Trust at The Royal Albert Hall. The fantastic work that has been done over the years continues to pay dividends and support a cause that is so worthwhile. We look forward to a great show and seeing you all on the 19 March. Big love Ali, Astro & Mickey.
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Introducing the audience to the reggae vibe will be Hollie Cook, in support of her third solo album, Vessel Of Love. The Martin ‘Youth’ Glover produced album, is currently #1 on the US Reggae Charts and Top 20 in UK Indie Charts, album of the day on 6Music along with support from Uncut, Q, Noisey and Pitchfork.
Hollie kicked off her career when she dropped out of school to join family friend Ari Up on tour with The Slits. Since then she has played with Jaime T and The Stone Roses at the personal request of Ian Brown and performed on ‘Later... with Jools Holland’ , Hollie’s previous Prince Fatty-produced records, ‘Hollie Cook’, ‘Hollie Cook in Dub’ and ‘Twice’ all received critical acclaim across the board from both mainstream outlets and tastemakers alike.
Next up is Three The Hard Way - Legendary British Reggae lead vocalists Dennis Bovell, David Hinds and Brinsley Forde come together to form a UK reggae super group...Three The Hard Way. Each member of the Three The Hard Way team are the pioneers who put British Reggae firmly on the map. They have each fronted one the UK’s outstanding reggae outfits, Steel Pulse, Matumbi, Aswad and now come together for a unique and powerful performance.
Grammy winners and multiple nominations between them coupled with countless number ones and top ten hits either as musicians, song writers or producers give this group a wealth of credibility and worldwide respect. They have decided it is time to trail blaze once again to share their unique talents with the universe. Without question this unified project is certain to welcome in a new age of British Reggae.
Special guest for the evening is David Rodigan MBE. For over forty years the top dog in Britain’s reggae dance-halls, he is one of the leading authority figures of British Reggae.
Starting out in 1978 on BBC Radio London, before moving to Capital Radio in 1979 with his legendary ‘Roots Rockers’ show, his credibility was ensured when he began clashing with Jamaica’s champion DJ, Barry G. Topped off by winning the Champion Trophy at World Clash Reset in 2012 beating all the top Jamaican sound systems in the West Indies, USA and England.
Rodigan currently presents a weekly show on Radio 1Xtra and a summer season on BBC Radio 2, bringing reggae to the mainstream. In 2005 he was inducted into the Sony Radio Academy Hall Of Fame and has also won three Sony Radio Academy Gold Awards; in 2012 he was awarded the MBE for “services to broadcasting” at Buckingham Palace.