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Formed in 1994, Badness have been a market leader in the tribute and Ska scene, with their energetic show and a frontman that never fails to whip the audience into shape, you know you're in for a good night if Badness are on the bill.
The Stage Says: “There aren’t many tribute bands better than Badness. Their lead Suggs is perfect and the whole band musically tight, loud and all great musicians. they do Ska, Bad Manners et al too, as well as the nutty boys, so have an extensive range of material the can call on.
Whatever they choose to perform is fine by me - they’re fantastic and a benchmark to other tributes.”
- Stage Magazine
This is Ull said: “I have to say they played all the songs really well, they are a tight band and great showmen too, they know how to please an audience.”
"BADNESS" formed in July 1994 and quickly became one of the top Madness tribute bands & Ska / 2Tone revival bands in the country.
Within six months the band were selling out various venues across the U.K. & Eire.
Originally a seven piece outfit consisting of ; guitar, bass, drums, sax, trumpet, keyboards and vocals. They soon became six, with front man and vocalist (only original member) taking over on the trumpet (but not at the same time!).
Playing classic Madness, Bad Manners and The Specials, to name but a few. "BADNESS" also play a few of their own songs, written with input from every member of the band. "Trojan Horse" is an instrumental and is much like an old ska classic.
With tours of Israel, Germany and Spain under their belts, and having played every town & city in the U.K. (well almost!) "BADNESS" have built up a cult following and regularly sell out venues across the country.
Re-live the "Dance Crazy" days of the late 70's & early 80's with the No.1 SKA revival band in the U.K.
But be prepared to "Enjoy yourself" ~ It'll be a Hot & Sweaty one!
The Busiest Bandstand in the UK offering a variety of live musical entertainment with over 140 events each year; from Tribute Shows to 1812 Firework concerts to kids entertainment.
The current bandstand was built in 1935, with its unique semi-circular design and blue domed roof; there is no other like it in the United Kingdom.
It has a main arena, middle and upper balconies and seats for 1,400.
The building of the Bandstand formed part of the main seafront improvements, cost £28,000 to construct and was surmounted with a stainless steel spire. The project engineer was Leslie Rosevere.
The first concerts were given on the 28th July 1935 with a total of 10,400 attending all three concerts and paying 3d each. The Bandstand was officially opened on the 5th August 1935 by the Lord Lieutenant of the county, Lord Leconfield with an audience of 8,000.
For many years the Bandstand has played host to a full programme of concerts and has survived as a musical entertainment venue because of its ever-changing programme, introducing new audiences and new entertainments without forgetting the more popular traditional concerts.
Bad Weather Policy
The stage and parts of the venue are undercover and on average 98% of performances go ahead. Refunds will not be given due to inclement weather unless the event or concert is cancelled by the management.
If a concert or event is cancelled by the management due to adverse weather or any other exceptional circumstances before half of the scheduled concert has taken place then a refund will be offered. Refunds must be claimed with 14 days of the scheduled performance.
Eastbourne Bandstand is a multi-level venue with a maximum licenced capacity of 1600. The main arena can hold a maximum of 700 for a seated event. The middle balcony can hold a maximum of 600 and the upper balcony (no disabled access) can seat a maximum of 300
Access for wheelchair-users is via the promenades; lower and middle. If you have any special access requirements please let us know in advance.
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