Johnny 2 Bad
Friday 24th January
Formed in 2008 and now an 8 piece band, Johnny2Bad performs the music of UK Reggae legends UB40, presenting their high energy live show featuring all the hits and classics to audiences in both the UK and Europe.
Featuring all the well-loved hits of UB40, including ‘Kingston Town’, ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’, ‘Homely Girl’, ‘Rats In Mi Kitchen’, ‘Cherry Oh Baby’ and ‘1 in 10’, as well as a unique version of Ali Campbell’s cover of Prince’s Hit “Purple Rain – and a few covers thrown in.
The band entertains right from the start of the show to finish, with the Brass section and Lead vocalist venturing out into the audience. The show also features the Pato Banton / Ali Campbell hit ‘Baby Come Back’, for which J2B’s drummer, bass player, keys player and sax player were the original backing musicians while touring worldwide for over 15 years with Pato Banton and The Reggae Revolution – including being the first ever Reggae band to play at Sydney Opera House in Australia.
The band has headlined festivals and performed in theatres across the UK, Holland, Belgium and Poland on a regular basis – and were the first ever British Reggae band to hit the charts in Lithuania with their version of ‘Lollipop’, recorded with Lithuanian Pop artist Asta Pilypaite. This resulted in the band having a BBC news team flying to Lithuania with them and appearing on BBC News UK, as well as doing a number of prime time TV shows in Lithuania and being honoured by the Lithuanian Ambassador for helping to promote the country and culture.
Members of the band have played with and supported artists like Pato Banton and The Reggae Revolution, The Beat with Ranking Roger, Dreadzone, Selectors, The Moulettes, Skatalites and Ali Campbell, during his 2014 and 2015 sold-out shows at The O2 London, Hatfield House, Burghley House and Lincoln Castle in 2016…