UB40: Live from the Valley is scheduled for August 1 with hundreds of people expected to flock to the site in West Bromwich as the country emerges from coronavirus restrictions with the last of the rules set to be relaxed by June 21.
Following the departure of vocalist Ali Campbell in 2008, UB40’s five remaining founding members Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, Jimmy Brown, Earl Falconer and Norman Hassan continue to record and tour with hits including Red Red Wine and Come Back Darling.
They will be supported by one of the country’s best loved soulful voices in Wolverhampton’s Beverley Knight and South London Jamaican-style rhythm and blues band The Dualers.
A dance music spectacular has also been lined up at Sandwell Valley in September. Elrow Midlands 2021 weekender will bring the summer season to a close with a two-day party on September 25 and 26. Organiser says it will bring a mix of “surreal theatre, incredible production values and colourful clubbing to the park, with a thumping soundtrack of house music.”
It is hoped the events will be a boost to the region after the planned Creation Day festival at Wolverhampton’s West Park featuring The Happy Mondays had to be postponed to next year.
Tickets to UB40: Live from the Valley on August 1 are available, starting from just £40 plus booking fee (£20 plus booking fee for five to 15 year olds, with under-fives free) from livefromthevalley.co.uk
Tickets to the elrow weekend festival cost £55 plus booking fee for a weekend ticket, with day tickets also available (Saturday 25 at £35 plus booking fee and Sunday 26 at £27.50 plus booking fee) at elrow-midlands.co.uk/