WIN: UB40 Sheffield O2 Academy tickets

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Red Red Wine chart-toppers UB40 play Sheffield’s O2 Academy on Saturday, November 1 and we have tickets to be won, writes Graham Walker.

The British supergroup, who named themselves after the unemployment benefit form, formed Birmingahm in 1978, before releasing their debut album Signing Off, in August 1980.

That was considered by many to be one of the greatest reggae albums ever released by a British band.

One of the world’s best-selling music artists, UB40 have sold over 70 million records and had more than 50 hits in the UK Singles Chart.

Their hit singles also include debut, Food for Thought, and two US Billboard Hot 100 number ones with Red Red Wine and Can’t Help Falling in Love.

Both of these also topped the UK Singles Chart, as did the band’s version of I Got You Babe.

They have been nominated four times for the Grammy for Best Reggae Album and in 1984 they were nominated for a Brit Award for Best British Group.

The ethnic makeup of the band’s original lineup was diverse, with musicians of English, Scottish, Irish, Yemeni and Jamaican parentage.

The band still features founding members Brian Travers, Jimmy Brown, Robin Campbell, Earl Falconer and Norman Hassan, with lead vocals by Duncan Campbell, who replaces his brother, Ali.


Guarantee your tickets for the Sheffield O2 Academy show on Saturday, Novemebr 1, 2014, doors 6.30pm, show ends 10pm, Tickets are £32.06, including fees. Buy in person from the venue in Arundel Gate, call 0844 477 2000 or visit or

Also visit The Star’s entertainments and listings site at

Under 25s require ID to purchase alcohol. Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 at all times. Minimum age is eight.


For a chance to win one of three pairs of tickets to the Sheffield gig enter our free draw by email or Twitter.

Email your details, with StarCompUB40 in the subject field, to

Or follow Digital Editor Graham Walker on Twitter @GW1962 and tweet him with #StarCompUB40.

Deadline if Wednesday, October 29, 12 noon. Usual SNL rules and data terms, as below. Sheffield O2 Academy standard terms apply.


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