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UB40 to headline Isle of Wight’s WOWfest: joins MAXI PRIEST, THE WAILERS & more

Birmingham group UB40 has been announced as the Saturday night headline act for the already reggae-heavy WOWfest on the Isle of Wight.

The new ‘eco-event’ - which features live performances from MAXI PRIEST, MISTY IN ROOTS, RONI SIZE, FINLEY QUAYE, THE WAILERS and ASWAD - takes place between 17 and 19 August at St Martins Down, Shanklin.

Other bands on the bill include legenady ska acts such as THE SELECTER, THE BEAT, NEVILLE STAPLE of THE SPECIALS and BAD MANNERS; while Bristol reggae is well-represented with bands such as BLACK ROOTS, TALISMAN, TROY ELLIS & THE HAIL JAMAICA REGGAE BAND.

The festival offers up music, culture, workshops, food, dance, cabaret, burlesque and theatre.

Last year four members of UB40 were being chased for £750,000 in unpaid debts after being declared bankrupt.

Brian Travers, Jimmy Brown, Terence Oswald and Norman Hassan were officially declared insolvent at a Birmingham County Court hearing after the band's record label, DEP International, went under.

Former lead singer ALI CAMPBELL quit the band in 2008 as it faced financial disaster, but also declared himself bankrupt at Bournemouth County Court in June last year.

ALI CAMPBELL recently announced the following two dates in December:

  • 7 Dec - IndigO2, Greenwich 
  • 14 Dec - O2 Academy, Birmingham