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Johnny2Bad (The UB40 Show) Bio:

Johnny2Bad aka (J2B) are an 8 piece band from Birmingham, UK, who performs the music of UK Reggae legends UB40 (endorsed by Ali Campbell  himself on national TV interview), 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 much more..  to audiences in both the UK and Europe (with the Brass section and lead vocalist going out into the audience) which really gets the audience up dancing and singing from start to finish. J2B really brings the show to life, with their driving ‘Wow Factor’ personalities and dance moves going into every performance, with a high octane energy, wherever we go. The band have started to release Original music, with more to come.. and have collaborated with a Freddie McGregor tribute band called "Big Ship Alliance".

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 Ali Campbell, Astro and Mikey of UB40, 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 then 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 in B'ham, 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.

2019 is where the band moved into another level with more Sold Out shows and wider audiences 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), Essex Sausage fest (rebooked), Somerset Tribute fest (rebooked), the Robin 2 in Bilston, JamHouse in B'ham, Conkers amphitheatre in Derbyshire, Surrey Soul Train Charity event, Libby Maes Charity event at Burlington Hotel  in Birmingham along with Will Mellor (from "A pint of Lager & a packet of Crisp" fame), and a Sold Out Sartan Club in Bristol in a record 4 days of tickets going onsale. We also had many  re-bookings from various other venues throughout the year too.

2022 has been by far the best year we've had so far since the band started, with us being rebooked for many Sold Out venues like: The Station in Cannock, Southey Social Club in Sheffield, Wadsley Bridge wmc in Sheffield, Sartan Club in Bristol, Robin 2 in Bilston, JamHouse in Bham, and many others around the UK.

We've also headlined Tribfest in Yorkshire to a record attendance for a Thursday night, and co-headlining Skadiff fest in Cardiff,  Big Tribute fest in Plymouth and Old Goats Grumble fest in Derbyshire.

The band won the "Universal inspiration Awards 2019" in the (Entertainment) category. We were also finalists in the "National Entertainment Awards 2019" in the (Best Tribute Acts - category).  J2B are comfortable performing anywhere in the UK, Europe, or the World.

We've  released two singles called "I Love You" and "Spotlight Love" by My Boyz Beatz featuring Johnny2bad, on Itunes, Spotify, and all other digital store platforms for 2021. Our collaboration with "Big Ship Alliance" helped us get through a global pandemic Lockdown with a track called  "All in this thing together" feat Johnny2bad, Robbie Levi, and Stones, with more tracks to come in the pipeline for 2021.


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Please contact for bookings or any other enquiries:


Contact:  Mikey Nanton

Tel:  +44 (0) 7785 716246


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