UB40, featuring the original members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, will be returning to New Zealand in early 2016 for their first ever vineyard tour….the Red Red Wine Vineyard Tour, and iconic Kiwi artists Jason Kerrison and Herbs will be joining them.
The original line-up of UB40 with Ali, Astro and Mickey enjoyed huge success over a period of 30 years from 1979 to 2008, with #1 albums, multiple gold and platinum selling albums, Grammy nominations, 4 worldwide #1 hits and over 70 million in sales. Now reunited again, they continue to take their smooth yet rootsy blend around the world and their live performances never fail to uplift the audience.
UB40’s chart hits include Red Red Wine, Cherry Oh Baby, Kingston Town, (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You, I Got You Babe, One in Ten, Rat in Mi Kitchen, If It Happens Again, Homely Girl…and the list goes on!
Jason Kerrison is best known as the frontman for one of our most successful pop/rock acts, Opshop. Their platinum selling albums produced hits such as Love Will Always Win, One Day and Maybe. Jason has spent many years at the top of the NZ music scene, enjoying not only commercial success, but also picking up numerous NZ Music Awards, the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll and in 2011 received the NZ Order of Merit for services to music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
After Opshop, Jason formed the electronica / bass and funk outfit, The Babysitters Circus. In 2011 their unbelievably catchy hit single Everything’s Gonna Be Alright wormed its way into the nations head, charting for an incredible 35 weeks in NZ and repeating the same success in Holland where it peaked at #7 in the charts.
2012 saw Jason join the judging panel of New Zealand’s Got Talent alongside Rachel Hunter and UB40’s Ali Campbell. Both Jason and Ali are hugely excited to be reuniting this January for the vineyard tour.
New Zealand Hall of Fame inductees, Herbs go back an incredibly long way with UB40, right to the beginning in fact, having supported them on their first visit to New Zealand thirty-five years ago. In 1983, at the famous Sweetwaters Festival, they reconnected once again and UB40 christened the Herbs sound as Pacific reggae.
Acclaimed as “New Zealand’s most soulful, heartfelt and consistent contemporary musical voice”, Herbs had 12 top 40 hit singles in the 1980s and the first half of the ’90s, including French Letter, Sensitive To A Smile and Long Ago.
In 1986, Slice of Heaven with Dave Dobbyn reached #1 on both the New Zealand and Australian charts. In 1989, Tim Finn joined them for Parihaka and, in 1992, Annie Crummer fronted the hit single See What Love Can Do. Today, Herbs feature members Dilworth Karaka, Tama Lundon and Tama Renata with a 1 hour acoustic set jam-packed with the hits you know and love to sing along to.
Due to extremely high demand, the Hawkes Bay concert has been relocated from the Black Barn Vineyard amphitheatre to a nearby venue, Black Barn Offsite in the stunning Tuki Tuki Valley.
Black Barn Offsite is situated on Kahuranaki Road, on the banks of the Tuki Tuki River. Those who purchased tickets for the original concert will be recognised as ‘Premium’ ticket holders and will have access to the area closest to the stage. Part of this area will be set aside for those who bring chairs and bean bags. Original ticket holders will also have an express queue at the gate and will be wrist-banded to allow access to the Premium area.
UB40’s Red Red Wine Vineyard Tour takes place at Black Barn Offsite on Friday 8th January 2016. The new venue capacity is limited so book early to avoid disappointment!
Black Barn Offsite, 250 Kahuranaki Road, Havelock North
0800 BUY TIX (289 849) – Ticket Outlets
UB40 – Red Red Wine Vineyard Tour
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