Two DIFFERENT bands called UB40 coming to Dubai. Huh?
Competing line-ups of retro act announce UAE gigs dates on the SAME DAY
Time Out staff
In one of the more confusing (and amusing) gig booking escapades we’ve encountered, there are currently two different bands booked to play Dubai in coming weeks – both claiming the name of classic reggae-pop group UB40.
And what’s more – both gigs were announced on the same day (Tuesday February 4). Huh?
First it was revealed that ‘UB40’ would be headlining The Big Grill at Emirates Golf Club (February 28; tickets from Dhs300).
Then just a few hours later it was announced ‘UB40’ would be performing at the Irish Village little more than a month later (April 3; Dhs175).
And to make it more confusing, they are both completely different bands. Go figure.
It all centres on a fraternal dispute – listen up Noel and Liam – with singer Ali Campbell going one way, while brother Robin went the other.
The band playing at the Irish Village will feature singer Ali, as well as founding two more founding members, memorable trumpeter Astro and keyboardist Mickey Virtue.
Meanwhile the band at The Big Grill will star guitarist Robin, while older brother Duncan has been brought in on vocals, and founding member Brian Travers on sax.
Known for mixing reggae rhythms with pop sensibilities, UB40 have reportedly scored more than 70 million record sales, best known for hits ‘Red Red [Grape]’, ‘Kingston Town’ and Elvis cover ‘(I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You’.
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nephertiti Feb 27, 2014 12:06 pm
Ahlan Wasahlan ... .UB40 ( 5 founding members ...the original sound of UB40 ) are playing on the 28th of Feb at the Dubai Em Golf Club Big Grill
You are not only going to hear Duncan's most beautiful voice , but first class skilled musician ship , the brass section, the saxaphone player, the drummer, the bass player, keyboards . ...these are 9 seriously talented musicians which I have traveled round the world to see >20 times in the last 6 years .. ....Dubai deserves the best : and has just got it ...and UB40 deserve to see round beautiful Dubai :)..from a fan who wishes she was there
3 Ex members of UB40 are playing in April Gig -as far as I know, they only adopted the UB40 name in January 2014
Salams to all :) and have beautiful time tomorrow
MR Tang of bongo bongo land Feb 05, 2014 07:58 pm
I think you will find Ali is ONLY 1 Founding member from 1 version whilst the OTHER & quite frankly ONLY STILL called UB40..4 founding members are still playing,trading touring,whatever you like etc etc.. under that brand name UB40.
Do you get where im coming from? 1 person can not rob a brand name ..whilst the other FOUR founding members are working & trading & playing & touring still as their original name? Its quite simple really.