MUSIC MATTERS: Legendary 2-Tone sound to mark 40 years anniversary - The Coventry Observer

12th Aug, 2022

MUSIC MATTERS: Legendary 2-Tone sound to mark 40 years anniversary

40 Years of 2-Tone

So, believe it or not, this year we celebrate 40 years of the music phenomenon that we call 2-Tone.

Given to the world. Coventry is where it all began, so you can expect some unique events happening at the music museum and at the 2-Tone Village all through 2019 and around Coventry and beyond. With a few surprises in store.

‘A message to you too much too young’

Coventry history doesn’t start at Lady Godiva and end at the Blitz, our 2-Tone music history is just as important.

Its reach is multi-ranging, from music, art, fashion, social history, multiculturalism, socio-political and of course peace and reconciliation.

With this in mind, The Coventry Music Museum will make our museum accessible for children throughout 2019 for the 40th Anniversary of the 2-Tone movement.

All children under the age of fifteen will be able to access the museum free of charge throughout 2019 (they of course must be accompanied by an adult).

An information sheet will also be available at the museum that explains 2-Tone and the museum to the younger generation.

We want to educate the next generations on 2-Tone, its music and its messages.

It’s our duty to educate and our pleasure to entertain, Let’s teach them about 2-Tone music.

Knights the IN place to be

Knights is the live venue right in the heart of Coventry’s iconic 2-Tone Village.

It’s a venue that so many Ska and Reggae musicians want to play, it’s hosted real legends like Susan Cadogan, Rick Buckler and Dave and Ansell Collins.

It has a unique friendly atmosphere all to itself. No surprise then on the amount of returning artists.

As part of the 2019 40th anniversary of 2-Tone package, Knights has lined up some more amazing acts for 2019.

Remember The Lloyd McGrath Collective at Godiva and their storming set? Well, they open proceedings on Saturday January 12 at The Village.

The amazing Ska 45s return on Saturday January 19. Look out for Rude Six on February 2 and the incredible Skaledonia on February 16. On March 16 the Irish ladies The Skatuesques return for a third time, and there’s plenty more throughout the year with King Zepha, The Dekkertones, The Jam Project and Rooted N Booted.

Even the mighty Orange Street will be making an appearance later on in the year.

Are you are in a Ska band?

To support the Coventry Music Museum, Steven Davies of the amazing Ska 45s and Phil Rooney of The Empire are putting on a Battle of The Ska bands, to take place on April 6 as part of 2-Tone at 40. The winner becomes The Ska band of the year! For more information email

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