Johnny2Bad (The Music of UB40):
Johnny2Bad (J2B) are an 8 piece band from Birmingham, UK, who performs the music of UK Reggae legends UB40, presenting their spectacular, electrifying high energy live shows with a Unique twist, doing all the Hits and Classics, including: Here I Am, Homely Girl, Happens Again, Kingston Town, Baby Come Back, Can’t Help Falling in Love, Red Red Wine, Cherry oh Baby, One in Ten, Food for Thought, and more to audiences in both the UK and Europe (with the Brass section and lead vocalist going out into the audience) which really get the audience up dancing and singing from start to finish. J2B really brings the show to life, and puts the ‘Wow Factor’ into our performances with our high energy wherever we go.
Members of Johnny2Bad have supported and toured with various artists including Pato Banton and The Reggae Revolution (on many worldwide tours), Sting, Santana, Peter Gabriel, The Beat with Ranking Roger, Dread zone, Selectors, The Moulettes, Skatalites, Jimmy Cliff, Third World, Morgan Heritage, Shaggy, Maxi Priest, Legends (Bob Marley tribute), and ultimately UB40 themselves with Ali Campbell, Astro and Mikey, during their 2014 and 2015 Sold Out shows in the UK, at O2 Arena London, Hatfield House, Burghley House and also Lincoln Castle in 2016, with our Original band XOVA.
The band performed a number of pre-sold out shows across the UK and in Holland in 2016, including Sold Out shows at ‘Reggae Night’ in Nijmegen, ‘Zomergeblaos fest’ in Hilvarenbeek, and the Assen TT Festival in Holland, in front of an audience of over 8,000.
2017 saw the band play even more sold out shows throughout the UK including a 5,000 plus tent at GlastonBarry tribute fest in Wales, the Somerset tribute festival at the Yeovil showground, and Derby Sausage Fest 2017 for the first time. We also performed at the sold out Dorpsfeest Stoke City Live fest in Holland
2018 started where we left off with sold out shows around the UK, including the band supporting “Chic Le Freak” and “Sister Sledge” at The Apex in Suffolk, played with Susan Cadagon (Hurt So Good) at Yardley Wood Social Club, headlining the Derby Sausage and Cider festival for the 2nd year running, plus playing the Essex, Leicester, and Peterborough Sausage festival for the 1st time, along with the Noordzee Zomerfest, and De Wolfsberg Tribute Festivals in Holland.
So far in 2019 we’ve performed at Oakengates Theatre in Telford, Babbels Live fest in Holland (1st time), Derby Sausage Fest (3rd year running), Warton Music fest (1st time), Shropfest in Telford (2nd year), GlastonBarry Tribute fest (2nd time). We now have Essex Sausage fest, and Somerset Tribute fest to come. Other bookings includes the Robin 2 in Bilston, JamHouse in B’ham. We also have many re-bookings from various other venues throughout the year too.
The band recently won the “Universal inspiration Awards 2019” in the (Entertainment) category.
We are also finalists in this year’s “National Entertainment Awards 2019” in the (Best Tribute Acts) category, with the event being held on 8th December 2019.
J2B are comfortable performing anywhere in the UK, Europe, or the World.