Our city of Birmingham has produced some of the finest recording musicians the world has ever seen. But few have been as successful as UB40. They have sold over 100 million records, had over 50 UK hit singles, including three number ones, and spent a combined 11 years in the UK Album Chart. Now, after 45 years of success, the world’s biggest reggae band is heading back to where it all began with ‘The Homecoming‘.
UB40 formed in 1978 at Moseley School of Art and used to rehearse in a cellar in Trafalgar Road – beneath Earl Falconer and Brian Traver’s flats. Their first ever gig was even at the nearby Hare And Hounds in 1979 . While they recorded their debut album, Signing Off, in the basement of producer Bob Lamb’s Moseley home.
So it only feels right to see the Brummie band back in Moseley for this special anniversary show on August Bank Holiday (Sunday, August 27). Setting up for the outdoor concert in the idyllic Moseley Park and Pool, the band will be joined by some extra special friends too.
The likes of British soul pioneers Soul II Soul, Manchester’s The Mouse Outfit, DJ Don Letts, and Caribbean ensemble Freetown Collective will help take audiences to a Higher Ground. While Birmingham’s own Friendly Fire Band and Young Culture Band, will demonstrate reggae’s continued importance to the city.
The Homecoming will also see a rare screening of the 1984 UB40 film Labour Of Love, along with artist Q&As hosted by broadcaster Adil Ray. Elsewhere, revellers will also find a range of award-winning street food vendors and craft beer on site. So unwind this evening and celebrate this news with a big glass of Red, Red Wine.
Tickets for UB40 ‘The Homecoming’ will cost £50 (£75 more for a VIP upgrade) and go on sale March 10. Presale begins March 7. To learn more head here.