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’.
Tickets for both gigs are on sale from Time Out Tickets.
UB40 QUICK FACTS
70 million album sales worldwide
2x USA No 1s
3x UK no 1s
4x times Grammy nominated