Billy Ocean announced as Special Guest at Taunton Racecourse

22/12/2016

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Billy Ocean announced as Special Guest at Taunton Racecourse

Billy Ocean announced as Special Guest at Taunton Racecourse Sunday 11 June UB40 Grandslam UK Tour Summer 2017

UB40 - featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue with special guest Billy Ocean, The Original Wailers and Introducing Raging Fyah

International chart-topper Billy Ocean will join the line-up as special guest at UB40's concert at Taunton Racecourse on Sunday 11 June 2017; one of the concert dates from the band's summer Grandslam UK Tour. UB40 - featuring original members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue - backed by a fantastic eight-piece reggae band - will be bringing their inimitable blend of reggae and pop greatest hits to the forefront of the British summer events calendar, and will now be joined by Billy Ocean, in addition to the previously announced guests The Original Wailers featuring Al Anderson, and introducing Raging Fyah.

The UB40 Grandslam Tour will run from Friday 19 May until Saturday 12 August 2017 and will see the band perform at some of the greatest and most prestigious outdoor venues in the UK and Ireland, including Taunton Racecourse on Sunday 11 June 2017. Each of these shows promises concertgoers a first-hand experience of an outdoor event, with the addition of a real festival vibe; the result of the unique Grandslam format of the tour.

Ali Campbell of UB40 said, "We are thrilled to now announce Billy Ocean as our special guest at Taunton Racecourse in June. The Grandslam Tour is going to be a brilliant experience for both us and the fans, and we are certain that Billy Ocean, The Original Wailers and Raging Fyah will each be widely welcomed by our fans."

Billy Ocean said, "I always like to play with UB40 and am delighted to be joining them at Taunton. I can't wait to have a party with you all then!"

Billy Ocean has sold over 30 million records and had number one chart toppers worldwide (including the Grammy awarded Caribbean Queen, There'll be Sad Songs and Get Outta My Dreams; Get Into My Car) and enjoys a much acclaimed career as both songwriter and performer. Page 2 of 4

The Trinidad-born star, who moved to London's East End at just seven years old, and with a keen interest in music from an early age, took inspiration from pop and soul singers such as Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, to go on to create his own inimitable style. His 1986 tune When the Going Gets Tough (the tough get going) - the soundtrack from the Michael Douglas/Danny Devito movie Jewel in the Nile - achieved huge success, and has since has cemented its place as one of the most popular party anthems of all time. In 2012 he went back into the studio with his old buddy Barry Eastmond , to record tracks that became the album Here You Are which was released in 2016. Entering the charts at No 4, it is his highest chart position since 1988.

UB40 have released hit after hit since they formed in 1978, achieving three UK Number Ones (Red, Red Wine, I Got You Babe, ft. Chrissie Hynde and I Can't Help Falling In Love with You) not to mention 17 Top 10 tracks (including One In Ten, If It Happens Again, Breakfast in Bed, Kingston Town and Homely Girl) and a constant stream of singles over the decades, each of which continue to delight fans.

The release of their brand new Unplugged album on Friday 18 November 2016, which offers an inventive new spin on UB40's early gems plus the huge hits with which they later wooed the world, underlines UB40 - featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue– as one of the most iconic Reggae bands to hail from the UK.

Since reuniting three years ago, Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue have developed into a formidable touring outfit. 2016 has seen them return to the States, play Australia and visit the vineyards of New Zealand for a Red Red Winery Tour. They also made an emotional return to UK in April 2016, when they performed songs from the first two Labour Of Love albums on an arena tour that included sell-out shows at London's O2 Arena, the Brighton Centre and the Barclaycard Arena in their native Birmingham.

The Grandslam UK Tour presents an excellent opportunity to see UB40 – featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue - at their best as they bring their enthusiasm, passion and winning combination of chilled and upbeat tracks to the centre stage.

Billy Ocean released his Here You Are: The Best of Billy Ocean album in 2016 and his performance at the UB40 concert in Taunton will see him delight the crowds with his greatest hits.

The Original Wailers will be performing those well-loved Bob Marley and the Wailers definitive songs that have become iconic. Original Wailers members will take to the stage including guitarist Al Anderson.

Raging Fyah are regarded as one of Jamaica's most promising young acts and have earned comparisons to legendary reggae outfits including Aswad and Steel Pulse, and Jamaica's own Third World. Ali Campbell has personally invited Raging Fyah onto the tour recognising what a young talent they are. They are also well loved by UK reggae tastemakers such as David Rodigan and Toddla T.

Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE, CEO of LHG Live, promoters for the Grandslam UB40 UK Tour said, "Grandslam is a summer event series combining stunning outdoor venues with a concert format with a real festival vibe. We are thrilled to be working with UB40 next summer. To now have Billy Ocean on board at Taunton is brilliant. We're looking forward to a great summer together!" Page 3 of 4

The Grandslam UB40 UK Tour 2017 – featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue kicks off in Inverness at the Northern Meeting Park on Friday 19 May, finishing on Saturday 12 August at Chelmsford City Racecourse, and will see a host of venues in between.

Tickets for the UB40 concert at Taunton Racecourse on Sunday 11 June – featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue – with special guest Billy Ocean, The Original Wailers and introducing Raging Fyah are now on sale.

Tickets are priced at: £35.00 + booking fee (General Admission) and £50.00 + booking fee (Platinum enclosure)

www.UB40.org

www.ticketmaster.co.uk

www.lhgtickets.com

Tickets are all standing

Disabled Tickets are available directly from the venue:

www.tauntonracecourse.co.uk

Hospitality Packages are available at some venues, with these including parking, a buffet meal and access to a private bar. Details are available directly from each venue.

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