UB40 Bristol 2022: how to get tickets for O2 Academy concert, UK tour dates, possible setlist

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Tickets are at limited availability for the classic reggae band’s visit to Bristol’s O2 Academy next month.

Popular pop band UB40 have announced that they are to perform at the O2 Academy venue in Bristol during their 2022 UK tour.

The tour is called ‘Bigga Baggariddim’ which will see them play in all the biggest cities across a number of venues, from intimate to huge arenas, across the country.

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Here is everything you need to know about UB40 and their gig in Bristol..

When are UB40 playing in Bristol?

UB40 will arrive in the South West of England when they visit Bristol’s O2 Academy to bookend the first half of the UK tour.

The band are set to play in the city on Wednesday, 1 June in 2022.

Where else are they playing?

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At the time of publication, the remainder of the tour starts with a visit to the Welsh capital of Cardiff and its Motorpoint Arena on 11 May, before the tour comes to a conclusion at London’s SSE Wembley Arena just before Christmas on 21 December.

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Here is a full list of remaining UB40 tour dates:


  • 11 - Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • 13 - Guildhall, Portsmouth
  • 14 - UEA, Norwich
  • 15 - Victoria Hall, Stoke
  • 17 - Eventim Olympia, Liverpool
  • 18 - Rock City, Nottingham
  • 20 - Royal and Derngate Hall, Northampton
  • 21 - Centaur, Cheltenham
  • 23 - Bonus Arena, Hull
  • 25 - Usher Hall, Edinburgh
  • 26 - Barrowlands, Glasgow
  • 27 - Music Hall, Aberdeen
  • 29 - Globe, Stockton
  • 31 - O2 Academy, Bournemouth


  • 1 - O2 Academy, Bristol


  • 9 - Ulster Hall, Belfast
  • 10 - Royal Theatre, Castlebar
  • 18 - Utilita Arena, Birmingham
  • 20 - First Direct Arena, Leeds
  • 21 - SSE Wembley Arena, London

How do I get tickets to the Liverpool concert?

Tickets are at limited availability for UB40’s gig at Bristol’s O2 Academy.

You can purchase tickets directly from the venue via the O2 Academy Bristol website.

At the time of publication, there is only one ticket available through the venue on resale at £49.45.

Due to the lack of tickets available to be purchased ahead of the event, it is best to check with ticket exchange sites such as Viagogo (from £89) and Twickets.

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What is the setlist?

The official setlist for UB40’s Bristol gig has not been made official yet, but it is always a good idea to look at the setlist of recent concerts to give people an idea of what to expect.

UB40 will also be releasing a brand new studio album called ‘Unprecedented’ on 17 June - which means that the Liverpool gig might miss out on hearing the new tracks.

According to Setlist.fm, this was the official setlist of the band’s show in Birmingham and its Utilita Arena on 21 December in 2019.

  • Here I am (Come and Take Me)
  • Maybe Tomorrow / Anything Mi Chat
  • Sing Our Own Song
  • Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
  • Midnight Rider
  • Tyler / King
  • The Keeper
  • Broken Man
  • You Haven’t Called
  • Moonlight Lover
  • Cherry Oh Baby
  • The Way You Do The Things You Do
  • I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
  • Baby
  • Bulldozer
  • Johnny Too Bad
  • Red Red Wine
  • Food For Thought
  • Kingston Town
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love

Who are UB40 and what are they best known for?

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UB40 are one of the most popular bands of all time. Their brand of reggae-pop fusion was a huge success in the 1970s to the 1990s.

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UB40 are an English reggae pop band, formed in December 1978 in Birmingham.

They have scored over 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and have achieved success around the world, including Grammy nominations for Best Reggae Album four times.

UB40 have sold over 70 million records worldwide. Their original line-up was particularly diverse - with the on-going UK tour being the first of new frontman Matt Doyle.

Their biggest songs included ‘Food for Thought’, ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’, ‘I Got You Babe’ and ‘Kingston Town’.

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Their two biggest albums, Labour of Love (1983) and Promises and Lies (1993), were number ones in the UK. They hold the record with Madness for most weeks spent by a group in the UK singles chart during the 1980s, with 214 weeks each

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