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24 September 2009

Music legend embarks
on UB40 UK Tour

The hugely influential and successful reggae rocker Eddy Grant has been announced as the support on the forthcoming UB40 tour of the UK and Ireland, meaning that fans can catch two incredible live acts each night. Eddy has been seriously reconnecting with his UK fans of late and this tour with a full band will truly showcase this celebrated multi-million selling talent. Last year saw Eddy release the hit collection "Road To Reparation: The Very Best Of Eddy Grant" through UMTV and make acclaimed appearances at the Glastonbury and Montreux Jazz Festivals, and the Mandela birthday concert and Wireless events in London. Eddy also performed to a global audience at the spectacular finale of the IPL cricket tournament in South Africa in May 2009 ? and has also recorded "Bafana Bafana We Love You" for the South Africa football World Cup.

NOVEMBER 2009
THURSDAY 19 INEC, KILLARNEY, Ireland www.ticketmaster.ie
FRIDAY 20 O2 Arena, DUBLIN, Ireland www.ticketmaster.ie
SATURDAY 21 Odyssey Arena, BELFAST www.ticketmaster.ie
MONDAY 23 SECC Hall 3, GLASGOW 0870 040 4000
TUESDAY 24 Arena, NEWCASTLE 0844 493 6666

DECEMBER 2009
FRIDAY 4 Arena, SHEFFIELD 0114 256 5656
SATURDAY 5 Arena, MANCHESTER 0844 847 8000
SUNDAY 6 Arena, LIVERPOOL 0844 800 400
TUESDAY 8 BIC, Bournemouth 0844 576 3000
WEDNESDAY 9 Brighton Centre, BRIGHTON 0844 847 1515
SATURDAY 12 O2 Arena, LONDON 0844 856 0202
TUESDAY 15 Pavillion, PLYMOUTH 0845 146 1460
WEDNESDAY 16 Arena, NOTTINGHAM 08444 124624
FRIDAY 18 CIA, CARDIFF ticketmaster.co.uk/livenation.co.uk
MONDAY 21 NEC LG Arena, BIRMINGHAM 0844 338 8000

Tickets are onsale now from ?32.50 - booking fees may apply.

Eddy Grant first hit the number one spot in the UK and Europe with "Baby Come Back" as part of The Equals in 1966. The celebrated multi-racial group had plenty more hits but after a serious illness he left the band, returned to Guyana to recuperate and prepared to launch his hugely successful solo career. A true perfectionist, he played every single instrument, sang every vocal part and produced every track on all of his solo albums

Best known for huge hits "I Don't Wanna Dance" and "Electric Avenue", Eddy Grant's songwriting was often as politically-charged as it was commercially-flavoured. The Clash featured a cover of "Police On My Back" for their Sandinista triple-set, and "Gimme Hope Jo'anna" was a thinly veiled attack on Apartheid. As his solo career took off, Eddy Grant moved to Barbados and set up Blue Wave studio. He continued to release tracks by classic calypso and soca artists on his label Ice Records, as well as 'Ringbang' tracks, a genre of Caribbean music he created. Continuing to produce his own material, Eddy Grant is as active and relevant as ever.

Eddy's presence on the UB40 tour promises great music - he'll be playing the huge hits featured on "Road To Reparation: The Very Best Of Eddy Grant" - and a good time for all. Don't miss him.

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