DayTripper Saturday – 26th August 2017
— UB40 —
In 2015, Ali Campbell, the legendary voice and principal songwriter of UB40 reunited with vocalist/ percussionist/trumpeter Astro and keyboard player Mickey Virtue, all founding members of one of the UK’s biggest bands of the last 30 years. The band enjoyed huge success all over the world with sales to date of over 70 million, including number 1 album ‘Labour Of Love’, multiple top 10 gold and platinum selling albums and countless Grammy nominations. The Birmingham band brought reggae into the mainstream with huge Number 1 singles such as ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Kingston Town’, ‘Rat In Mi Kitchen’, ‘I Got You Babe’ (with Chrissie Hynde), ‘Cherry Oh Baby’ and their spectacular reworking of the Elvis classic ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’. Since reforming, the band have returned to their position as one of the biggest selling acts on the global live circuit with headline festival shows and stadium and arena dates throughout 2015 and 2016. Their 2017 tour will be a celebration of their recently re-recorded Greatest Hits and with Ali's voice as strong as ever (rich, melodic and instantly recognisable), plus the redoubtable Astro lending strong vocal support and Mickey's keyboards to the fore in a band that includes a three-piece horn section, their lithe but potent sound will delight fans old and new.
Tickets are available now from Daytripper.ie and the Theatre Royal box office. Under 16s must be accompanied by an Adult
— THE BLADES —
The Blades have been added as Special Guests to UB40 at Daytripper on Saturday, 26 August. It’s a move that will delight the substantial ‘mods’ community in the South East, who made their gigs the best attended in Ireland (outside of Dublin) back in the day. Having played legendary Waterford gigs in the early 80s at The Bridge, Kate Reillys and the Ard Ri, The Blades did play here once since then at South in Tramore in 2002. Fifteen years later, it will be great to see the band on the big stage at Daytripper after some brilliantly received reunion gigs at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre over the last few years.
The Blades were formed in 1977 at a time where punk ruled Dublin. They released two 7” singles ‘Hot For You’ (1980) and ‘Ghost Of A Chance’ (1981), and around this time they played a 6 week residency with U2 in the Baggott Inn, with the bands swapping headline slots every other week. Further singles in 1982, ‘The Bride Wore White’ and ‘Revelations of Heartbreak’ , lead to Paul Cleary being named as the Songwriter of the year ahead of Bono and Van Morrison. Reekus Records released their first album ‘The Last Man in Europe’ in January 1985 as well as the singles collection ‘Raytown Revisited’. The latter is still considered essential listening and is included in the book ‘101 Irish Albums to hear before you die’ by Tony Clayton-Lea of the Irish Times. Soon after the release the band split up as they became disillusioned with the music industry. In recent years though the band got back together for some sold out shows at the Olympia which evidenced the love and respect that is out there still for Paul and the lads. They have also just released their first new album in over 30 years, ‘Modernised’ to fantastic reviews with Hot Press commenting ‘ From the opening salvo ‘On The Town’, Paul Cleary & Co. sound fresh and vital, with the Blue Brass section firing on all cylinders. Welcome to the New Blades, same as the old Blades !’
— PROPELLER PALMS —
Propeller Palms make a triumphant return to Daytripper on the back of rave reviews for their second album ‘Old Dog, New Tricks’, a sell-out show at the prestigious Theatre Royal late last year, and a just completed 4 date tour of New York. The band have an incredible live reputation featuring the musical talents and voices of 10 of Waterford’s very best musicians, headed up by the showman extraordinaire Paul Butler. Their live sound has been compared to Springsteen’s E Street Band and Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue and you can be sure the Palms will be rocking it out for you in front of a hometown audience once again at Daytripper 2017.
— CATCH A FIRE —
Catch A Fire are a 7 piece Bob Marley tribute band who got together almost 20 years ago to play the music of Bob & The Wailers. Named after their breakthrough album (and first on Island Records) from 1973, Catch A Fire’s set contains all the classics from the early years when Pete Tosh and Bunny Wailer were in the band. So you can be sure they will ‘Stir It Up’ at Daytripper 2017 and get everyone in the mood for some quality reggae from headliners, UB40.