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UB40 to play Ryde’s Planet Ice

UB40 has announced a four-date arena tour, including a gig at Ryde’s Planet Ice, stereoboard.com reports. The reggae stars, who scored chart hits with ‘Red Red Wine’ and ‘I Got You Babe’, have announced the new tour to coincide with next release ‘Getting Over the Storm’, which will be the first album of original tracks released since the departure of frontman Ali Campbell and keyboardist Mickey Virtue. Now, to coincide with the album’s release, the group has announced it will call at Coventry’s Skydome arena on June 14th, before calling in at Planet Ice arenas in Peterborough, Ryde and Cardiff on the 17th, 20th and 21st respectively. It will be the first time UB40 has performed live since 2010 when debut album ‘Signing Off’ was played in its entirety to mark the record’s 30th anniversary. The highly-anticipated gigs look set to draw in a large audience, meaning UB40 fans from across the South could be considering booking Isle of Wight holidays to fit in around the Ryde gig on 20th June. Speaking of the jaunt, UB40 guitarist and vocalist Robin Campbell told music-news.com: “We are currently putting the finishing touches to our new album, so we’re looking forward to playing this handful of dates and can’t wait to catch up with our fans. It’s been too long, really.” Tickets for the gigs are on sale now and the album is geared up for release later this year.