UB40 tickets selling out fast

By Kyra Dawson

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Ali Campbell (centre), with fellow UB40 veterans Astro (left) and Mickey Virtue.
Ali Campbell (centre), with fellow UB40 veterans Astro (left) and Mickey Virtue.

If you haven't got your tickets to UB40's concert on Saturday don't wait around, they are selling fast.

UB40 - Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue - are headlining the Red Red Wine Vineyard Tour in wineries throughout the country this January.

Concert organisers Jacman Entertainment's director Jackie Sanders said the ticket sales were booming with 4000 already sold and the Auckland concerts sold out.

"We are really proud to be bringing UB40 back to Rotorua, the band wanted to return and play there as they have always been so well received.

"This will be a different feel though to previous visits as it is their own headline show, a huge two-hour set, and a great mix of Kiwi artists supporting. Bring a picnic blanket and the kids," she said.

The original line-up of UB40 with Ali, Astro and Mickey were extremely successful from 1979 to 2008, with number one albums, multiple gold and platinum selling albums, Grammy nominations, four worldwide number one singles and more than 70 million in sales.

Together again, they have released a new album, Silhouette, and are excited to share their new material as well as please the crowds with some of their greatest hits. UB40 will be joined by a line-up including Music Hall of Fame inductees Herbs, pop/rock star Jason Kerrison, poly-funk royalty Ardijah, winners of the 2015 Pacific Music Awards People's Choice Award Three Houses Down, jungle reggae masters Manalion, and X-Factor winner Beau Monga.

The Red Red Wine Vineyard Tour begins tonight at Kainui Road Vineyard, Bay of Islands, before heading to Hawke's Bay, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Queenstown, Christchurch and finally Auckland's Matua Wines. Tickets are $99 (plus booking fee) for adults, with children 12 and under free (one per paying adult). Limited numbers of VIP tickets are available for $199 (plus booking fee). Tickets can be booked on eventfinda.co.nz or by calling 0800 BUY TIX (289 849). They are also available from the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, Rotorua i-SITE, Oppies Takeaways in Fenton St and Mana Adventures at Rotorua Lakefront.

No alcohol or illegal substances are allowed to be taken into the venue, but people over 18 will be able to buy alcoholic drinks there.

- Road closures: Lakefront Drive back to Whakaue St including last section of north bound Fenton St and the Village Green section of Whakaue St will be closed 12pm to 11pm.

Line up:

* Gates open: 2pm

* ManaLion 3pm to 3.30pm

* Beau Monga 3.40pm to 4.10pm

* Jason Kerrison 4.20pm to 5pm

* Herbs 5.15pm to 6pm

* Three Houses Down 6.15pm to 7pm

* Ardijah 7.15pm to 8pm

* UB40 8.30pm to 10.30pm

UB40's chart hits include:

* Red Red Wine

* Cherry Oh Baby

* Kingston Town

* (I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You

* I Got You Babe

* One in Ten

* Rat in Mi Kitchen

* If It Happens Again

* Homely Girl ... and the list goes on!

- Rotorua Daily Post

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