UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell, Astro And Mickey Virtue Confirmed As Final LMF Act
In one of their first performances since reuniting earlier this year, reggae favourites UB40, featuring original founding members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, have been announced as the final act for the inaugural Leicester Music Festival (LMF) in partnership with Capital FM East Midlands.
The Birmingham group, famed for a series of chart-topping hits including ‘Kingston Town, ‘Red Red Wine’ and ‘Cherry Oh Baby’ will complete the line-up on Saturday 26th July.
The first-of-its-kind and largest two day event in Leicestershire, LMF is expected to draw a crowd of 44,000 people from across the Midlands. Organisers are expecting a large number of West Midlands-based UB40 fans will make the journey across to Leicester to see their idols perform in one of only a few planned performances of 2014.
Running over two days, Friday 25th July and Saturday 26th July, LMF has an impressive selection of artists and groups performing. Spanning urban, pop, reggae, R’n’B, funk and soul, doors for the festival concert will open at 11am and close at 10.30pm at the Welford Road stadium, home of the Leicester Tigers.
Although the running times of the performers are still being finalised, the Friday acts have been confirmed as Tinie Tempah, Professor Green, Katy B, Billy Ocean, Aswad and Soul II Soul featuring Jazzie B OBE.
Saturday’s show is headlined by global superstar Labrinth. Joining him will be Union J, The Saturdays, Sam Bailey, The Real Thing, Kool and the Gang, Stereo Nation, with UB40 completing Saturday’s line-up.
Dance sensation Diversity will be performing on both days of the festival.
Shane Whitfield co-founder of the Leicester Music Festival (LMF) said: “UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, are the perfect complement to our already impressive line-up for LMF.
“Everyone we speak to is getting excited about being at the first-ever LMF.The whole city is behind making this an annual event and now we’re another step closer to the big occasion.”
The final rounds of a competition in which local bands battle it out for a chance to perform at LMF is also underway. Play @ LMF has seen over 100 unsigned bands be judged on their performances before entering a series of regional heats which will culminate in two winners in June
Tickets for LMF are on sale now priced from £45 per person per day and can be purchased from www.theticketfactory.com, www.skiddle.com, www.eventim.co.uk and in person at Visit Leicester (on Gallowtree Gate), the Leicester Tigers’ ticket and the Capital FM Arena, Nottingham.
Confirmed Event Line-Up
FRIDAY 25 JULY 2014 SATURDAY 26 JULY 2014
Tinie Tempah Labrinth
Professor Green Union J
Katy B Kool and the Gang
Soul II Soul The Saturdays
Billy Ocean Diversity
Aswad Sam Bailey
Diversity The Real Thing