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THE LEGENDARY VOICE OF UB40 REUNITED WITH ASTRO AND MICKEY
SILHOUETTE THE NEW SINGLE RELEASED 18TH AUGUST
FROM NEW ALBUM SILHOUETTE RELEASED OCTOBER 6TH ON COOKING VINYL

Silhouette is the new single from Ali Campbell, the legendary voice of UB40 reunited with Astro and Mickey, released 18th August on Cooking Vinyl. The single is the first to be taken from Silhouette, the new album out October 6th.

Recorded partly in London's renowned RAK Studios, Silhouette is an inspired mix of freshly-minted new songs and sparkling, reggaefied cover versions of classics by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Chi-Lites and others. Silhouette was originally a 1957 hit for the American doo-wop group The Rays, and later helped to break Herman's Hermits in the States. The yearning take that appears on Silhouette, however, owes more to an early 1970s version by the crown prince of reggae, the late Dennis Brown.

As founding members of UB40, Ali, Mickey and Astro helped to define reggae music for a generation. The iconic Birmingham reggae troupe topped the UK singles chart on three occasions and sold 70 million records as they took their smooth yet rootsy musical blend to all corners of the globe. Campbell left the band in 2008 after 28 years and has since released four reggae-themed solo collections, with Mickey, who left UB40 soon after Ali, joining him on keys. Astro remained with the band until November 2013, when he left to team up again with Ali and Mickey.

Ali's voice remains as strong as ever - rich, melodic and instantly recognisable. “He’s a genius in the way he can work a set of lyrics around a great melody,” says Mickey. “Any song he sings could easily be a UB40 tune.”

With the redoubtable Astro lending strong vocal support and Mickey's keyboards to the fore in a new band that includes a three-piece horn section, their lithe but potent sound should delight fans old and new. Having reiterated their credentials as consummate live performers with triumphant gigs this year in places as far flung as Nigeria, South Africa and Papua New Guinea, the trio have a quartet of UK festivals dates this summer and will embark on a headline tour in December.

“When we play live now, it has the feel of a proper group,” says Ali. “The musicians in our band have all played with other reggae acts, so they love what we're doing. And the fact that Astro is back with us after six years speaks volumes about the music we are making.”

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Sunday 16th February 2014 Eko Hotel Convention Centre, Adetokunbo, Nigeria
Thursday 3rd April 2014 The Aviation Club, Dubai
Friday 4th April 2014 Val De Vie Wine Estate, Paarl, South Africa
Saturday 5th April 2014 Emmarentia Botanical Gardens, Johannesburg, South Africa
Wednesday 9th April 2014 KL Live, Kuala Lumpur
Friday 11th April 2014 Airways Hotel, Port Moresby
Saturday 12th April 2014 Lamana Hotel, Port Moresby
Sunday 27th April 2014 Benidorm Palace
Wednesday 30th April 2014 Semana Academica de Averio, Portugal
Sunday 25th May 2014 Bearded Theory, Derbyshire
Friday 6th June 2014 Kivenlahti Rock, Finland
Saturday 7th June 2014 Burghley House, Lincolnshire UK
Sunday 8th June 2014 Plaza del Consell, Andorra
Saturday 14th June 2014 Flashback Festival, Nostell Priory, Wakefield, UK
Sunday 15th June 2014 Party By The Seaside, Paignton, Devon
Saturday 21st June 2014 Hatfield House, UK
Saturday 5th July 2014 Stadtwerke Festival, Potsdam, Germany
Friday 11th July 2014 Festa Do Chicharo, Sao Miguel, Azores
Friday 18th July 2014 Rochester Castle Concerts, Rochester, Kent SOLD OUT
Sunday 20th July 2014 Brentwood Festival, Essex, UK Tickets
Friday 25th July 2014 Newmarket Racecourse, UK
Saturday 26th July 2014 Leicester Music Festival, UK
Thursday 31st July 2014 Vilar De Mouros Festival, Portugal
Sunday 3rd August 2014 Kaliningrad City Jazz Festival, Russia
Saturday 9th August 2014 Reggae Sundance Festival, Liempde, Netherlands *Ali and Astro only*
Sunday 24th August 2014 Vosterfeeston, Bree, Belgium
Tuesday 26th August 2014 Sommermusik Schloss Rheydt, Monchengladbach, Germany
Friday 12th September 2014 Live at Heartlands, Cornwall
Friday 19th September 2014 Harpa Eldborg Hall, Rekjavik, Iceland
Saturday 20th September 2014 Pisart Festival, Holland
Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Olympia, Dublin
Wednesday 23rd October 2014 Limelight, Belfast
Monday 10th November 2014 Melkweg, Netherlands
Tuesday 11th November 2014 013, Tilburg, Holland Tickets
Wednesday 12th November 2014 De Oosterpoort, Groningen, Holland
Friday 5th December 2014 Red Hill Venue, Perth
Sunday 7th December 2014 Riverstage, Brisbane
Tuesday 9th December 2014 Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Thursday 11th December 2014 Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Saturday 13th December 201 Ragamuffin, Auckland, New Zealand
Thursday 18th December 2014 O2 ABC – Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Friday 19th December 2014 Birmingham O2 Academy, UK SOLD OUT
Saturday 20th December 2014 London IndigO2, UK SOLD OUT
Sunday 21th December 2014 Manchester Academy, UK
Thursday 15th January 2015 Hull City Hall, UK ON SALE FRIDAY
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Friday 16th January 2015 Hull City Hall, UK SOLD OUT
Friday 17th April 2015 Birmingham NIA, UK
Album + ticket bundles available
Saturday 18th April 2015 London Brixton Academy , UK
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