"U2 2 are the world's longest running tribute to U2. With 25 years experience, they are the real-deal."
'Seen them a few times, they're the best, quite stunning' - Aaron Govern U2 staff member
'Amazeballs, you guy's rock. The best in the world' - Ciara Lawrence The Edge's cousin
'The greatest U2 tribute in the world' - Suggs Madness
'You only need Jo the soundman stood next to you' - Keith Duffy Boyzone
'Amazing guys, that was incredible' - Winston Ellis (Pirates of The Caribbean / Batman)
'You guy's saved me tonight, I said, look, there's U2!' - Brian Robertson Thin Lizzy
'You look more like them than they do' - Carol Decker T'Pau
'I toured with U2 on The Joshua Tree tour and played Live Aid, you guy's have it all' - Rupert Black Pretenders
U2 2 are now in their 25th year. They have performed over 1250 concerts, from theatre to festival and have travelled over three continents to do so. Actually a 'look-a-like / sound-a-like' band in the same vein as The Bootleg Beatles. From Inverness to Monaco, from Chicago to Bahrain, the band have been thrilling U2 fans all around the world. In 1997 they performed alongside U2 at Feyenoord Stadium and during the last two decades, they have often been mistaken for the real thing. The real-deal with past clients such as, BBC1, ITV1, RTE, SKY, Blackberry, Pernod-Ricard, Mencap and the 2012 Olympics.
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From 1993 onwards, the band played to sell-out crowds across Britain, Ireland and Europe. Holding the award for successive sell-out shows at The Limelight in Crewe, the lads were also featured on both national TV and radio. U2 fan clubs often booked the band to perform at their conventions, with foreign tours seeing the lads travelling around in stretch limo's. Local shows included Sheffield Arena and Don Valley Stadium, the same venue U2 would perform at thirteen years later. Shows across in Ireland included a near riot in Sligo and a show alongside Aslan at Dublin's Point Depot. The lads also gigged alongside The Lightning Seeds
and Samantha Mumba.
In 1997, as guests of The Zooropean fanclub, the band performed at Feyenoord Stadium on the first day of U2's European POP tour. Spending two days watching U2's crew assemble the giant Pop Mart stage, they bumped into U2, Gavin Friday and were even mistaken for the real thing by Dutch security. After being led into U2's own backstage area, the lads resisted the temptation of breaking into U2's drinks rider. They also posed for pictures on the bonnet of the Trabant car used on the Achtung Baby sleeve. Follow up tours of Europe followed with one show being performed high in the hills of southern Portugal. The band totally blacked-out the village during
sound-check, but that night's show saw them performing to around 10,000 people. With Wayne Taylor on vocals, the band recorded new versions of Electric Co and Hold Me, Thrill Me. These tracks were released as a CD single. In 1998 the band were once again joined on vocals by Andy Bagnall who had previously been featured on ITV's Stars in their Eyes. The band go on to win the award of 'Best sound-a-like' act on BBC1's Battle of The Tributes.
Something U2 had done back in 1982
In 2008, the band play to more people at Rotherham's Blues Cafe than Doctor Feelgood, Nine Below Zero and Simon Kirk of Free. A show at enormous Magna Centre in their home town sees the lads play to over 3500 people and the band once again travel to Ireland. The Montenotte Hotel in Cork allows the band to take pictures on top of the roof, something U2 had done back in 1982. The following year in Sheffield saw U2's visit to Don Valley Stadium. U2 2 were booked to play over the road at Meadowhall which saw hundreds of shoppers lining up for pictures and autographs. Blackberry, sponsors of the 360 tour, hired the band as look-a-likes to promote their latest Curve mobile. Back home, the lads helped launch Doncaster radio station, Sine FM.
The Bootleg Beatles use U2 2's drum kit
In 2010, the band performed alongside The Bootleg Beatles in Coventry's Ricoh Stadium, with The Bootleg's using U2 2's drum kit. U2 2 also headlined a few festivals that
year and in 2012 they were asked to play twice during the Olympics. All of the Irish team's fanbase in London came to watch the shows. During a sell-out Madness show at Doncaster Race course, Suggs tells the crowd that the world's greatest U2 tribute will be there the following week. The band are joined on vocals by Tono Higginson, complete with a new look and new sounds.
U2 2 meet and perform with 'The Edges' cousin
With continued success, the band meet and perform 'The Edge's cousin' and plan annual charity shows in aid of Mencap. The first event is held at London's Borderline and is watched by Anna Kennedy OBE, Olley Edwards, U2 staff member Aron Govern and Hollywood actor, Winston Ellis. The band play successful shows around the country and next year, will be their 25th anniversary.