UB40 – Reggae By the River

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848024-391422-34Reggae By the River is back this December and thrilled to announce that UB40, featuring the original members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, will be headlining! 

Reggae By The River is now a regular feature in the Taupo summer season and this year will be the biggest yet. We have moved to New Year’s Eve and the concert will finish in time for fans to walk down to the waterfront and enjoy the spectacular fireworks display from Lake Taupo.

This concert will sell fast! Over 35,000 people enjoyed their popular brand of reggae in January with some shows selling out in hours.

L.A.B (KORA Brothers) will be bringing back their high energy to Reggae By The River. A massive crowd favourite last time and for good reason. Comprised of the popular KORA brothers Brad and Stu, plus talented soulful vocalist and guitarist Joel Shadbolt and Rory Macartney on bass, festival-goers will love their mix of electronica meets soul, funk and blues.

The award-winning Modern Maori Quartet will also join the bill with a special ‘reggae’ set they are developing especially for this show. This suave Maori showband are in the same vein as forebears such as the Quin Tikis and the Howard Morrison Quartet. Made up of accomplished musicians and actors James Tito, Maaka Pohatu, Matariki Whatarau and Francis Kora (bass guitarist and vocalist with major kiwi band KORA), who hail from different corners of Aotearoa and perform together as the core members of MMQ. Together this talented bunch will weave their musical and acting abilities into an evening of hearty humour and sweet music.

Tickets will go on sale to Jacman Entertainment and Eventfinda subscribers 9am Tuesday, 6 September. Subscribe at www.jacman.co.nz

General public sale commences 9am Thursday, 8 September via Eventfinda and My Music Taupo, and any remaining Earlybird tickets available for only $79+BF after which tickets will be $99+BF. VIP & Corporate Options and bus services to the concert will be announced soon.

The event is family-friendly with children 12yrs and under able to attend free of charge with a paying adult. A range of food and beverages will be available on site, but concert-goers may bring sealed water and non-commercial food.