, who have received 4 Grammy Award nominations and sold more than 70 million records worldwide, will perform their greatest hits including Red Red Wine, Here I Am and many more.
Madness wowed the Merseyside crowd last month and another big act from the 1980s, UB40
, is sure to put on another top show.
"He was a lovely man, a friend and fan of UB40
who joined us on stage as our first toaster and MC in the early days.
He said: "It is with great regret that I shall be unable to join my band mates in UB40
on our 40th anniversary tour.
Gravy Train by UB40
featuring Slinger was released last week along with new album For The Many, inspired by their devotion to Labour's party political slogan.
"Outside of the UK, he just sells himself as UB40
Will we ever see a tour where UB40
are supporting UB40
members Ali Campbell, support singer Astro and keyboard player Mickey Virtuel - who now play under the name 'UB40
featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey'- had been due to take to the Newcastle stage on Wednesday but the whole festival line-up, which also included electronics artist Bonobo the next night, has been axed due to 'unforeseen circumstances."
stormed when they here Titled 'For The Many', the new album will be the Birmingham reggae band's 19th album and will feature UB40
founder members Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, Jimmy Brown, Earl Falconer and Norman Hassan.
's five founding members Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, Jimmy Brown, Earl Falconer and Norman Hassan, and long-time members Duncan Campbell, Martin Meredith, Lawrence Parry and Tony Mullings, the band will embark on their 40 date tour across the UK.
As founding members of Britain's biggest reggae band UB40
, singer Ali Campbell, second vocalist Astro and keyboardist Mickey Virtue topped the UK singles chart on three occasions and sold 70 million records as they took their smooth yet rootsy musical blend to all corners of the globe.
A bitter split has led to the original UB40
line-up splitting up with the brother of the lead singer now performing with one act and the lead vocalist behind all the chart hits, Ali Campbell, joining two other playmates, in another version.