Iconic reggae band, UB40 have released the official anthem of the Commonwealth Games 2022 ahead of their Ulster Hall gig this December.
The band will celebrate a momentous 45 years in the business with a brand new album ‘UB45’ and a UK and Ireland tour including a stop at Belfast's iconic Ulster Hall on 09 December 2022!
The debut single from the new album ‘Champion’ has been unveiled as the official anthem of the Commonwealth Games 2022 and is available to stream here.
Champion, was written by UB40 for the new multi-artist album “On Record” as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival and features Dapz on the Map and Gilly G.‘ On Record, commissioned and produced by Birmingham Music Archive, features eleven original songs exclusively written and recorded by new and established city music talent.
Champion is the official Commonwealth Games song and celebrates the games coming to England for the first time in 20 years. It’s also a celebration of Birmingham. It is the first single from UB40’s new album UB45 which will be released early 2023. The album is the ultimate celebration of UB40 past and present featuring new original material and also a reworking of some of the band's classics and greatest hits, performed by new frontman Matt Doyle.
Robin Cambell said. “We are proud to be representing the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games with the official anthem ‘Champion’...celebrating the cultural diversity of Birmingham.
Matt Doyle added, "Champion is all about positivity. It’s about doing what you do best and excelling at that, celebrating being a champion. "
The ‘UB45’ tour is a must-attend event for any UB40 lover. New front man Matt Doyle stunned audiences across the UK and Europe with his debut tour this summer to rave reviews, and this tour will take the UB40 live experience one step further.
As fans have come to expect, the tour promises to be a true UB40 fest - a celebration of the band’s timeless classics and fan favourites, alongside their latest material. Audiences will be treated to a set list packed with incredible hits, such as Food for Thought, Kingston Town, (I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You and Red, Red Wine, as well as new track Champion.
UB40 are one of the UK's most successful British groups of all time, 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 singles and more than 50 UK hit singles. The band have sold 100 million records while taking their smooth Reggae and Pop blend to all corners of the globe, with hits such as ‘Food For Thought’, ‘Cherry Oh Baby’ and ‘Kingston Town’. Among the accolades, the band won an Ivor Novello Award, was nominated for the BRIT Award for Best British Group in 1984 and the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times between 1987 and 2006.
Robin Campbell, Guitarist and Vocalist says: “Our 45th anniversary doesn’t bear thinking about, but the celebrations will be great fun starting in the UK arenas in December.