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UB40 to celebrate 40th anniversary in Estepona

Ali Campbell will perform some of UB40's biggests hits.
Ali Campbell will perform some of UB40's biggests hits. / SUR
  • The band, starring original members Ali Campbell, Astro, and Mickey Virtue, will perform at the Plaza de Toros in Estepona on Thursday

The legendary UK reggae band, UB40, are coming to Estepona next week as part of their 40th Anniversary Tour.

Following the release earlier this year of A Real Labour Of Love - their most successful album for 25 years and which gives the tour its name, the band, starring original members Ali Campbell, Astro, and Mickey Virtue, will perform at the Plaza de Toros in Estepona on Thursday 16 August.

The band will be celebrating with a greatest hits set that will feature global smash hits including Red Red Wine, King, Rat in mi Kitchen and Kingston Town. Ali, Astro and Mickey will be joined on-stage by an eight-piece reggae band.

Formed in Birmingham in 1978, the band, whose name was taken from the official unemployment form, was noted for its social and political commitment. The ethnic make-up of the band's original line-up was diverse, with musicians of English, Irish, Jamaican, Scottish and Yemeni parentage.

The band have had more than 50 singles in the UK singles charts and have sold over 70 million records worldwide; holding the record, along with ska band, Madness, for the most weeks spent in UK singles charts during the 1980s. The band has been nominated at the Grammy awards for Best Reggae Album on four occasions and in 1984, they were nominated for the Brit Awards Best British Group.

The band was originally formed by Ali Campbell and his brother, Robin - who came from a family with a long music tradition - but after constant disagreements, Ali left the band in 2008 to concentrate on a solo career. It wasn't long before Astro and Virtue quit the original line-up, teaming up with Ali Campbell to form the new band that will perform in Estepona on Thursday.

The concert, organised by Rock Lounge, will begin at 10pm, although doors will open at 8pm. Tickets cost between 38 and 53 euros, or 75 euros for the VIP area.