Ali Campbell’s splinter group UB40 – better known by the brand name ‘UB40 with Ali Campbell’ – have announced a set of six Australian tour dates for later this year.
The race will kick off in Hobart on Friday September 30, when Campbell – flanked by a nine-piece band – take the stage at City Hall in the Tasmanian capital. The band will then travel to Sydney, playing at the Star Events Center on Saturday October 1, before traveling to the Gold Coast (to play this year’s edition of the Promiseland festival), Adelaide and Melbourne in the following days.
They will return to Queensland to conclude on Saturday October 8, playing a signature show at the Sandstone Point Hotel on Bribie Island (just off Moreton Bay). Tickets for all shows – except Promiseland, which is already sold out – go on sale at 9:00 a.m. AEST tomorrow (June 22). Find tickets for the Bribie Island show here, and tickets for the others here.
The tour comes in support of Campbell’s fifth album with its UB40 spin-off, “Unprecedented,” which is due out this Friday (June 24) via Universal. It will be the last album released as ‘UB40 with Ali and Astro’, after Astro – who played in the original group from 1979 to 2013, then with the Campbell offshoot from 2014 – died at 64. years last November.
In a press release, Campbell spoke of the album’s significance following Astro’s passing: “This album is now more poignant and special than any of us could have imagined when we first saw it. checked in. Astro has been heartbreakingly past just two weeks after we completed the final mixes, so it’s a way to keep his memory alive.
“I can’t wait to get back on stage and see all of our wonderful Australian fans, it’s been incredibly difficult to perform without Astro by my side. In memory of Astro, let the music play!
Campbell’s visit also comes ahead of an Australian tour of the UB40 primary, which will feature its own series of six-date shows – three in Queensland, plus stand-alone theater dates in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth – next January. The tour was announced last month, after two canceled attempts to visit Australia in 2020 and 2021.
UB40 with Ali Campbell’s 2022 Australian Tour dates are:
Friday 30 – Hobart, Town Hall
Saturday 1 – Sydney, Star Events Center
Sunday 2 – Gold Coast, Promiseland Festival
Wednesday 5 – Adelaide, Hindley Street Music Hall
Friday 7 – Melbourne, Margaret Court Arena
Saturday 8 – Bribie Island, Sandstone Point Hotel