Relive 1979 with 2 Tone tour in St Albans

2 Tone took the British music charts by storm in 1979 with bands like The Specials, The Selecter, Madness, The Beat and The Bodysnatchers.

Friday, 20th May 2016, 2:07 pm
Updated Friday, 20th May 2016, 4:10 pm
Special Kinda Madness vocalist Darren singing the songs of Suggs
Special Kinda Madness vocalist Darren singing the songs of Suggs

The bands created a blend of musical genres with punk and Jamaican ska, producing an energy not seen on stage before.

And Bad Manners, whilst not part of the 2 Tone label, were an important part of the scene with their infectious ska tunes and iconic lead singer Buster Bloodvessel.

The seven young men at the heart of the musical revolution were The Specials, but they led the way for other bands to join the movement.

Madness have been a favourite with the British public ever since their early days as part of the 2 Tone movement. And although they moved away from 2 Tone with their second album, their nutty sense of humour and longevity as a band has won them a place in the hearts of many. As well as their knack of producing memorable songs time after time.

The 2 Tone Tribute Tour was formed to bring back that moment in time for a generation who lived through it.

It’s all about the look, the attitude and of course the dancing.

The tour stops at the Alban Arena at 7.30pm on Saturday May 28.

The bands are represented by London based Special Kinda Madness, who play as the Specials and Madness, and The Special Brew from Cardiff who perform as Bad Manners.

So dust down your pork pie hats and put on your Fred Perry, your Harrington, your DMs or your loafers.

Because you are in for a big night out. Three and a half hours of live 2 Tone and ska music, this is a chance to relive 1979 all over again.

Tickets for the show cost £19.50 and are available from the box office on 01727 844488 or book online at