THE ASSEMBLY Festival Garden will host a screening of a BBC documentary telling the remarkable story of how Coventry’s 2-Tone scene became a global music sensation.
2 Tone – The Sound of Coventry has been commissioned by BBC England and is a co-production between Coventry UK City of Culture Trust and Full Fat Television. The hour-long documentary tells the story of 2-Tone, the musical phenomenon that exploded out of Coventry onto the music charts around the world in 1979.
It dives into the history of the 2-Tone movement and features a rare interview with Jerry Dammers, founder of 2-Tone, revealing why he launched this ‘DIY’ independent record label from Coventry and how he came up with the ideas for the music and the style.
The programme celebrates the sense of hope and pride felt in Coventry at a time when there was growing racial tension across the UK.
It blends personal testimonies with photos and archive footage – revealing the social and cultural significance of the music as well as the energy and fun of the live gigs and the fashion.
And it features interviews with The Specials’ Neville Staple, Pauline Black and Neol Davies of the Selecter, proud Coventrian and music mogul Pete Waterman, writer, producer and performer Christine Sugary Staple and 2-Tone fan and film director Gurinder Chadha.
The film, part of the BBC’s commitment to this year’s Coventry City of Culture celebrations, charts how 2-Tone had a global impact, helping launch the careers of other bands, including Madness and The Beat. It airs on BBC One across the West Midlands next Thursday, September 30, and across the UK on BBC Two later in the year.
But fans will be able to apply for the exclusive screening which takes place on Tuesday, September 28.
Audiences can visit bbc.co.uk/showsandtours to apply for tickets.