UB40, featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, are coming to Bluesfest 2016.
UB40, featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, are coming to Bluesfest 2016. Contributed

Attentions diverted after UB40 finished its covers

UB40 were products of the Thatcher era and the band’s very name was taken from the unemployment form in operation at the time.

At their very best their songs were politically and socially adept and pioneered the British ska and reggae scene.

During a run of three songs at Crossroads on Easter Sunday UB40 were really cooking – Cherry Oh Baby, One in Ten and Rat in the Kitchen.

But wishing to play songs off their new album they lost the crowd’s attention and the people that had swelled Crossroads for Jackson Browne and Melissa Etheridge prior to UB40 taking the stage began to disappear.

UB40’s playlist has always contained a generous number of covers and these were clever and well received.

But during a two hour concert the energy needs to build and reach a crescendo.

UB40 had the crowd in its hands, but let it slip way too easily.



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