Blow for music fans as power cut forces UB40 off stage at Bents Park bonanza

A power cut forced chart-toppers UB40 off stage during their bents Park gig this afternoon.

A power cut forced chart-toppers UB40 off stage during their bents Park gig this afternoon.

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Over 25,000 music lovers suffered a low note after mega-selling band UB40 were forced off stage in South Shields by a power cut.

The ever-popular chart-toppers - who are the headline attraction at today's South Tyneside Festival summer concert finale at Bents Park - were just a handful of songs into a planned 90-minute set when the electrical fault occurred.

Over 25,000 fans were left disappointed when the reggae band - famous for smash hits such as Red, Red Wine and Falling in Love with You - had to briefly halt their performance.

Bents Park fell silent for several minutes before the veteran band - who have racked up 40 hits in nearly 40 years on stage - were able to make a triumphant return.

The iconic group got right back on song with a performance of their best-selling hit Red, Red Wine.

UB40 are providing a fantastic finale to the month-long series of free summer concerts laid on at the park.

Nearly 90,000 fans have crammed into the seafront spot for four star-studded gigs.