UB40 delighted with Bents Park finale in front of bumper 25,000 crowd

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.

South Tyneside Summer Festival Final Sunday Concert, Bents Park.

South Tyneside Summer Festival Final Sunday Concert, Bents Park.

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.

UB40 take to the stage at Bents Park.

UB40 take to the stage at Bents Park.

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.

Eve Simpson helped warm up the South Shields crowd

Eve Simpson helped warm up the South Shields 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.”