iThe much anticipated UB40 featuring Ali Campbell concert slated for December 21, 2023, has been postponed.
According to Joe Kigozi, the Next Media Deputy CEO, unforeseeable circumstances are responsible for the postponement of the event.
“It is with sincere regret and disappointment that we announce the unexpected postponement of the UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell Concert scheduled for the 21st day of December 2023 at the Kololo Independence Grounds due to an unforeseeable event at the same venue that is beyond our control,” a statement from the organizers read.
It added, “This unexpected development has left us all disheartened, and we extend our sincere apologies to our stakeholders, partners, and customers for any inconvenience this may have caused.”
Next Media revealed that a new date celebrating NBS At 15 will be communicated in due course and all tickets remain valid.
This reporter has learnt that partners to the concert will be unable to set up on the 20th of December 2023 in good time for the concert slated for the 21st December as two events were abruptly scheduled on the 20th.
“We have been told that the President will meet over 40,000 Ghetto Youth on Wednesday the 20th of December and the Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga will launch her book the same day,” said one of the organisers.
He added, “building a set-up for a concert such as that of UB40 requires time. It cannot be built only hours to the concert. These parallel events have disorganised us.”
UB40 featuring Ali Campbell is known for their unique sound, with Ali Campbell being a founding member and the lead singer of UB40.
Ali Campbell left the original band in 2008 due to management issues, a decision that was later vindicated when the said managers were struck off. In 2013, Ali reunited with Astro after the latter’s departure from the original band.
Ali and Astro together took the world by storm, captivating audiences globally and releasing three new albums that reached number 2 in the UK charts. Tragically, Astro passed away in November 2021 after a brief illness, following the completion of their remarkable fourth album – ‘Unprecedented.’
Uganda is a growing destination for MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events).
Nyegenyege has become an annual signature event patronised from by tourists around the world. Blankets and Wine is another annual event which was oversubscribed over the weekend.
The UB40 event featuring Ali Campbell had attracted both local and global interest which would have further catapulted Uganda’s MICE credentials as the end-of-year festive season builds up.