Roddy Radiation & The Skabilly Rebels
Few musicians can lay claim to influencing a generation but Roddy Byers is one of them. As lead guitarist with The Specials he helped write the soundtrack to the 2 Tone generation penning such classic songs as Rat Race, Hey Little Rich Girl and Concrete Jungle. His influence continues through Amy Winehouse’s cover of ‘Rich Girl’ and brought the music of 2 Tone to a whole new generation in the new millennium helping to kick start the recent Ska Revival. After 32 years of treating audiences to his own Ska-Rockabilly brand of ‘Radiation’ therapy, Roddy Byers stepped away as the Specials lead guitarist and into the centre spotlight as the frontman/guitarist of the Skabilly Rebels.
LEGEND are seven great musicians and singers dedicated to the life and music of the late, great Bob Marley This dynamic band, led by the charismatic Michael Anton Phillips (Cheesy) has a pedigree second to none, whose members have worked with such reggae greats as: Beres Hammond, The Original Wailers, Dennis Brown, Rankin Roger, The Beat, Burning Spear, Apache Indian, Errol Dunkley, George and Desmond Decker, Musical Youth, Gregory Isaacs, Aswad plus many more.
Ruder Than U
Ruder Than U are a Coventry-based Ska band, originating from the hit 2 Tone musical ‘Three Minute Heroes’ at the Belgrade Theatre in October 2014. When the show finished, the cast and band decided to continue playing together under the name Ruder Than U, featuring Aitch Bembridge - original member of legendary 2 Tone band the Selecter - on drums. Since they formed, they've appeared at a number of large-scale events across the country including the Pride of Coventry & Warwickshire Awards 2015, 2016 and 2017, Coast Town festival in Blackpool and Specialized festival in Dorset.
A Band Called Malice
A Band Called Malice was formed when frontman Andy Coultas decided to create a new band to recreate the sound of The Jam with the attitude and feel of the original line up.
The current band members are spread from around the Midlands so rehearsal time was precious but everyone did their homework and kept any wasted time to a minimum, meeting at Warren's professional rehearsal rooms in Leicester, all the band needed now was to gel and work well together live, but thankfully because all three members were so experienced, the band were up and running in a flash.
Rooted N Booted
Rooted N Booted are a young, energetic 5-piece band, mixing reggae, ska, dub, DnB, dancehall, punk and jungle to create an original heavy sound. Fronted by George "Junior Gee" Sutton with an arsenal of conscious lyrics, we've been dubbed the "new-tone" sound of Coventry." Also featuring 90's dancehall star Daddy Woody, infamous for his work at King Jammy's.
Fresh from playing the main stage at the Godiva Festival, Myriam Adams are an Indie/Alternative band that provide arena friendly pop tunes with an extra touch of edge and personality.
The High Tones
The High Tones are a Four Piece Midlands based Act, recreating the sounds of the 1960’s era, strictly 1960-1969. The High Tones were formed with the Aim to develop an act that plays homage to the great sounds of the 1960’s Decade. All the great Bands are covered with passion and integrity from The Beatles, The Stones, The Kinks, The Monkees, Van Morrison, The Hollies The small Faces & many more.
After 3 hometown sell-outs the indie-rock outfit hailing from the often overlooked city of Coventry are back to unleash their energetic, driven live show for Music Against Racism. After a successful 2018 Candid went on to play on the mainstage at Godiva Festival as well supporting a range of sell-out shows across the west midlands including Scouting For Girls, The Hoosiers& The Pale White. Combining anthemic choruses and a slick overdriven dynamic, Candid are quoted to have similarities to the likes of indie giants The Amazons, Catfish and The Bottlemen and Circa Waves.
The Dirt Road Blues Band
The band was formed recently to play occasional gigs when and where possible, depending on the members respective other band commitments. The three musicians all have many years of professional experience and have played all over the world in their various bands, featuring: Steve Walwyn on guitar (Dr Feelgood), Horace Panter on bass (The Specials) and Ted Duggan on drums (Bad Finger).
Those Fine Strangers
Those Fine Strangers from the home of UK Ska, Coventry, blend a mix of ska, rock, punk and 2tone influences to create a unique sound and energy-packed shows. With James Smith (Guitar & Lead Vocals) up front, backed up by Andrew Holmes (Guitar), Jake Buckingham (Bass), Dom Evans & Phil Granger (Sax), Paul Daleman (Trumpet) and Phil Crabtree (Drums) you’ll hear songs ranging from the fast-paced political “Fight Fight Fight” to the hauntingly catchy “Bad Boys” and fan favourites “Can’t Wait To Be King” and “No Style” mixed in with a few Ska classics, you can’t help but dance.
Soul Junction were formed in 2011 with experienced members who have played with the likes of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas , King, Millie Jackson, The Crystals and Joan Armatrading to name but a few . Keeping faithful to the roots of Tamla Motown, Stax and Northern Soul but with influences taken also from more contemporary bands such as Q Tips and Dexys Midnight Runners. High energy driven Soul music .
The Session are band of post-modern chaotic minstrels who will take you on a journey through urban fables, mixing tales of hobos 'n' harlots, bigots 'n' sinners, and blokes they met in the woods.....
English Electric Lightning
Classic Rock and Blues from 1960’s to 2010’s. Well, one number from 2016. The rest is pretty old really. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, Joe Walsh, that kind of thing. The band is made up from veteran perfmers featuring Derek Eynon vocals and bass, a veteran performer since 1977, and a solo act from 2005-2015. Ex of Night Service , Red Shoes, Those 3…Redbeards From Texas, Company Of Strangers and Izzy The Push. Nigel J Dorman is on lead guitar and vocals and has been gigging since 1982 when he would have been about 6. He teaches the guitar, and when he’s not teaching it, he just plays it very very very fast and is Ex of Trigger, Full Tilt, Speedjam. Finally, we have Gary Burns - Gary is a veteran drummer from Birmingham, and was in the first line up of English Electric Lightning back in 2016. He also plays for Arizona 2 Corona.
Youthful and vibrant band on a mission to revamp ska and reggae music, delivering your favoured familiar sounds with a fresh touch. Expect covers of old school tunes from The Specials and The Selecter as well as Toots and The Maytals and Max Romeo that will become your new favourites, in addition to refreshing original music to have you skanking away. Based mostly in Nuneaton town just next to the original city of two-tone, Coventry, RudeSix are a six-piece band who play ska and reggae music in their own unique way.
The Upsiders are a funky five-piece taking the West Midlands by storm, with their unique sound and unusual instrumentation! Since starting their career busking on the streets of Coventry, the band have made their way around Coventry, Warwickshire and beyond, including opening Coventry’s 2Tone Taxi with Neville Staple, playing the 2017 Coventry Christmas Lights switch-on and rocking Godiva Festival 2018.
Formed from original 1990's Full Tilt and Trigger members, Full Tilt, like Coventry, have been reborn from the ashes. After going on seperate journeys where Nigel recorded guitar on tracks for none other than Jimi Hendrix' daughter Tamika Hendrix and with Daniel forming his own band Trigger, 2019 sees the reformed Full Tilt with founder members Daniel and Nigel laying down the formation of a new album and back on the live circuit performing their high-octane melodic metal.