Thousands of music lovers we’re falling in love with UB40 as the chart-topping band ended a spectacular South Shields summer of live entertainment on a high note.
A huge capacity crowd of over 25,000 crammed into Bents Park in South Shields to see the iconic reggae group strut their stuff live on stage. Even an unseasonal downpour and a power cut which briefly forced the internationally-acclaimed group off stage couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the throngs of fans. The legendary British band proved a smash hit after belting out a string of classic hits - including Red, Red Wine, Falling in Love and Kingston Town.
The veteran performers have sold more than 100 million records worldwide and racked up a staggering 40 top 40 singles in the UK in a stellar career spanning five decades.
They served up a fantastic finale to a memorable month of free summer concerts which have proved a major highlight of the South Tyneside Festival.
The crowd-pleasing concert looked like it might end the quartet of shows on a low note when a power cut led to the headline act having to temporarily down musical tools.
But they were soon back on stage - and back on song - when silence gave way to smash hits as the fault was swiftly repaired.
Music lovers had already enjoyed a packed afternoon of entertainment, with talented singers Lily Brook and Eve Simpson and up-and-coming band The Shakes winning a legion of new followers with impressive live displays.
This years series of free summer concerts have attracted nearly 90,000 fans to the borough beauty spot, with UB40 just part of a star-studded cast of performers including The Proclaimers and Spandau Ballet star Tony Hadley.
UB40 frontman Duncan Campbell - who took over as lead singer for the band from brother Ali back in 2008 - was delighted to take to the mic in South Tyneside.
He said: “It’s always exciting to play, it is such a great crowd.
“We are delighted.
“We are working on a new album and there will be a few new tunes as well as the old classics.
“We can’t please everyone, we have so many hits to choose from.
“We are lucky to be in that position.”