Subscribe to Forte Magazine


Known as the UK’s most successful reggae band, UB40 will be gracing Australia with their hits, such as ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Can’t Help Finding in Love’, ‘Kingston Town’ and ‘Here I am’ at the end of the month. They will be joined on their Australian tour by Caravãna Sun for all five shows in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and the Gold Coast.

Beginning in 1978, the band named themselves after the unemployment benefit form used in the UK at the time. Since then, they’ve travelled a long way from their days performing at local pubs, such as The Hare and Hounds pub where they played their first show. It was at a pub that this highly successful band was discovered by Chrissie Hynde, who offered for them to play as support for her band The Pretenders and gave them their big break.

Now, UB40 are multi-award winning artists, boasting over 40 top hits and have sold over 100 million records, making them one of the biggest UK musical acts of all time.

The band has never forgotten their humble beginnings, citing the blues parties they attended as teenagers as a heavy influence for their band. Here, they cultivated their love for ska, reggae and early lover’s rock. Their passion for reggae has spread worldwide, including Russia and South America. The band headlined the Reggae Sunsplash Festival in Jamaica, and they have performed at countless more festivals and places over their thirty year career.

Reggae has remained quietly popular throughout the decades and that it would be worth while seeing UB40 in action. Don’t miss out on your tickets.

When & When: Festival Hall, Melbourne – November 25

Get your tickets here: www.mjrpresents.com

Written by Taylor Rawson