British reggae legends UB40 return to Northampton next week.
The band formed in Birmingham in 1978, naming themselves after an unemployment benefit form.
They released their debut album Signing Off in August 1980, considered by many to be one of the greatest reggae albums released by a British band.
John Peel championed UB40, inviting them to play on his radio show after hearing their first demo tape.
Following their debut, they released almost an album ever year during the 1980s including 1983’s Labour Of Love which topped the UK charts, 1984’s Geffery Morgan and 1986’s Rat In The Kitchen.
The band’s latest Top 30 album Getting Over The Storm was awarded BBC Radio 2’s Album Of The Wee’ accolade and received five-star reviews from the UK’s music press on its release in September 2013.
UB40 consist of drummer James Brown, singer Duncan Campbell, guitarist Robin Campbell, bassist Earl Falconer, percussion and trombone player Norman Hassan and saxophonist Brian Travers.
Their line-up has remained unchanged for almost 30 years and they continue to play a mix of original material and reggae covers in a style that is instantly accessible with bright melodies and sweeping horn arrangements.
Throughout their career the band have enjoyed more than 40 UK Top 40 hit singles and sold more than 100 million records, making them one of the most successful British groups of all-time.
UB40 headline Royal & Derngate on Wednesday, June 3. Doors open at 8pm.
Seated tickets are still available and cost £32.50 before fees.
A transaction fee of £2.80 applies to telephone and website bookings only.
Booking fees do not apply in person, to group bookings or members of the theatre’s Friends scheme and is per-transaction, not per-ticket.
Tickets are available by calling box office on 01604 624811 or online at www. royalandderngate.co.uk