It has been eight years since Ali Campbell left UB40 but despite a rather complicated history, the founding singer is still wowing the crowds worldwide with the band’s music. The Birmingham outfit were responsible for bringing reggae to the mainstream in the 1980s and beyond thanks to a string of hits such as Food For Thought, Please Don’t Make Me Cry and their interpretation of the Neil Diamond classic Red, Red Wine. Founding member Ali now tours and records with former members Astro and Mickey Virtue while another UB40 is also a going concern with Ali’s brother Duncan on vocal duties alongside guitarist Robin. Despite a bitter legal wrangle that has been going for eight years, Ali’s group are going from strength to strength. This year they have a string of high-profile dates to look forward to in the UK and Ireland, including a night at London’s O2 and an already sold-out arena show in Dublin. Ahead of their show alongside Billy Ocean at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium on Thursday, Ali explained the band’s global appeal. He said: “Recently we played on the four islands of Hawaii. What a beautiful place, we sold out two nights at Honolulu, which is fab. Before that we were doing the Red, Red Winery tour of New Zealand, an idea that finally came about from a joke six years after we talked about it. “We recently played America too, the first time I had been there in eight years and that was brilliant. We’re looking to do the same amount this year, around 32 dates, but we’ve doubled the capacities and mainly we’ll be on the west coast, around some beautiful places and wineries.” Despite the positive vibe from fans, there’s little change in the family situation. Ali says: “No, the ‘dark side’ is still trying to sue me and I'm defending myself and it is costing fortunes and the lawyers are the only people making money. I was upset when it happened, but it is eight years ago and even though they are still clearly trying to get something out of it, I'm happy to be carrying on with the new band and I think we have got the hottest reggae band in the world at the moment.” As part of her Unbreakable world tour, pop music legend Janet Jackson will cap off the prestigious Dubai World Cup meeting on Saturday with a lively show at the Apron Views concert stage.