- 05 Jul 21
Irish fans can expect front row seats for Doyle's new vocal stylings in November 2021, when UB40's reggae grooves hit Kerry, Mayo, and Belfast.
Matt Doyle, the frontman of Birmingham reggae band KIOKO, is set to replace Duncan Campbell as the lead singer of Duncan Campbell's UB40.
Doyle will already be known to any hardcore UB40 fans as he lent his lead vocal stylings to 'You Don't Call Anymore', a track on UB40's latest collaborative album Bigga Baggariddim. Doyle has also been seen on the same stage as the group, opening for them at their 40th anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 2018 and supporting them on their UK tour in 2019.
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The news of Campbell's replacement comes just one week after Campbell announced his retirement from music to recover from a seizure he suffered at his home last month.
"I wish the absolute best for Duncan," says Doyle. "I hope that he makes a full and speedy recovery, I've seen how much he puts into his performance and he has written some incredible songs that I can't wait to sing, as well as all the hits that have been such a big influence on my own music."
Doyle also has the full support of the band behind him. "Matt has already demonstrated his ability and compatibility with the band," says vocalist and guitarist Robin Campbell. "He's a talented young man with a voice and singing style that will prove a good fit... and on top of all of that he's a nice guy too."
Irish fans can wait with bated breath to hear Doyle’s vocal stylings during UB40’s gigs in Mayo, Kerry, and Belfast this coming November in what will hopefully be a glorious 'Red Red Wine' post-pandemic celebration.
Doyle is taking over as frontman on all of the band's summer dates from July 31st onwards. For anyone that may be apprehensive, Doyle promises one thing: "I will always give it my all singing the songs they [the fans] know and love, and, alongside this legendary band, bring them a performance they'll never forget."