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Reggae gaints UB40's town hall gig.

d me of EESSIDE has notchedup another big nam band in the shape o chart toppers UB40.

Tmdll The Birmingham based reggae band has confirmed a gig at Middlesbrough Town Hain October.

of d ng The date is part of a new set ogigs for the autumn announced following their sold out UK sprin tour.

er sal The second leg starts in Octobein York and comes to Middlesbrough on October 26. The finanight is set for Carlisle on November 27.

mte "Playing numerous intimatvenues is a much more enjoyablle experience for both our audience and the band, compared to playing a handful of enormodomes with the audience stuck 30 feet away behind a safety barrier," said sax player Brian Travers on the success of the spring tour.

"Every night we were looking at each other and saying "Why didn't we do this years ago?" "We have always had a close relationship with our audience, but this tour was very special. Every night sold-out, but playing venues in the centre of towns gave us the chance to have a beer in the local bars next door, just hanging out and talking with fans who have been our friends for the last 35 years, and then playing a gig."

The band can't wait to get back on the road in the autumn, he added on the band's website.

"On behalf of UB40, we can't wait to get back on the road in the UK in October and November and catch up from where we left off, playing in towns and cities UB40 haven't had the opportunity to perform in before, and also get back to some of the places where we started our wonderful life in music."

Naming themselves after the unemployment benefit form, UB40 formed in 1978, before releasing their debut album, Signing Off, in August 1980.

It was the start of a career that has since seen the band have more than 40 UK Top 40 hit singles including the likes of Red, Red Wine and Can't Help Falling In Love.

Loose Cannon Events - the team behind the Snoop Dogg gig set for Centre Square, Middlesbrough on June 9, is promoting the UB40 date.

Middlesbrough Town Hall business development manager Rob Guest said: "I am absolutely delighted to be welcoming UB40 to Middlesbrough. "They are quite rightly lauded as one of the very best British reggae acts of all time and it promises to be a fantastic night.

He added: "Tickets are already selling very well so we strongly advise booking sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment."
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 16, 2014
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