2-Tone relived as national tour kicks off at Coventry Empire this Saturday - The Coventry Observer

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2-Tone relived as national tour kicks off at Coventry Empire this Saturday

Correspondent 23rd Jan, 2017

THE DISTINCTIVE sounds of Coventry’s own 2-Tone era will rock the house at The Empire on Saturday (January 28).

The Empire in Far Gosford Street, Coventry city centre, will kick off a national tour of tribute bands to 2-Tone’s finest – The Specials, Madness and The Beat.

Phil Rooney of The Empire said: “This national tour starts its musical journey on January 28th at where else but at the home of 2-Tone, Coventry (Empire).”

Mike Busby, the tour’s promoter, said: “These iconic bands will be represented by London-based Special Kinda Madness, who play as the Specials and Madness, and Beat Goes Bang from Birmingham with members of the Beat, and they play a Beat set.

“So dust down your pork pie hat, your Fred Perry and your loafers, because you’re on for a big night out. Three and a half hours of live 2-Tone and ska music from your favourite bands. Let’s relive 1979 all over again!

“2-Tone took the British music charts by storm in 1979, and for a short, but incredibly exciting period, turned the country into a sea of black and white check.

“The 2-Tone Tribute Tour was formed to bring back that fantastic moment in time for a generation who lived through it. It’s all about the look, the attitude and, of course, the dancing!”

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