Britain’s world-famous reggae band UB40 have announced a UK tour to celebrate their 40th anniversary, with a date set for Cumbria in 2019.

The tour begins in March next year, with the band performing at Carlisle Sands Centre on 29 April.

UB40 have also announced they will release their first new album in five years in September 2018.

The Birmingham reggae stars are expected to perform their greatest hits including ‘Kingston Town’, ‘Food For Thought’, ‘One In Ten’, ‘I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’, ‘Don’t Break My Heart’ and ‘Sing Our Own Song’, and ‘Red, Red Wine’.

Forming in 1978, the band named themselves after the unemployment benefit form.

UB40 during their performance at La Mar de Musicas Festival Credit: PA

They released their debut album ‘Signing Off’ in August two years later – considered to be one of the greatest reggae albums ever released by a British band.

The 2019 UK tour has 40 dates, starting in Portsmouth in March and finishing in London at the end of May.

Tickets go on general sale on Friday 1 June.