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UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue announce West Country woodland gig


UB40’s three founding members will be making a triumphant return to Westonbirt Arboretum this summer as part of Forest Live, the annual concert series organised by the Forestry Commission.

UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue will be performing a set of classic hits that a whole generation of fans grew up with, such as: ‘Food For Thought’, ‘One in Ten’, ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Please Don’t Make Me Cry’, ‘Kingston Town’ and ‘(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You’, acknowledging UB40’s status as Britain’s most successful reggae band of all time.

Forest Live is an independent programme organised by the Forestry Commission to bring forests to new audiences. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on protecting, improving and expanding England’s forests and woodlands and increasing their value to people and wildlife. Over Forest Live’s 15 years history, money raised has contributed to a wide range of projects, from wildlife conservation to making improvements for visitors. With everything required for a great night out, including full catering and bar facilities, the gigs are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere.

Commenting on the gig, Ali Campbell, the legendary voice of UB40, said “It will actually be ten years ago to the very weekend that we graced the same stage at Westonbirt Arboretum. We hope you can come and enjoy this very special reunion with us.”
UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue plus special guests Radio Riddler: 

Saturday 18 June: Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury, Glos.

Tickets £38.50 plus £4.35 booking fee available from 9.00am Friday 12 February from Forestry Commission box office tel. 03000 680400 or buy online from


Release: Monday 8 February 2016

Media enquiries: James Delanoy / tel 01223 812533

Note to Editors:

1. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Further information can be found at 18% of the country's woods and forests are managed by the Forestry Commission. In England, more than 50% of the population live within 10km of a Forestry Commission managed wood or forest.

2. The music programme was first launched in 2001 at four Forestry Commission venues. Now looking forward to its 16th season, Forest Live gigs take place at seven fantastic forest locations in England and are well known for their amazing atmosphere and top class acts. Over one million music fans have attended Forest Live concerts.