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Reggae legends stand tall at O2 Academy


O2 Academy

Giants of Reggae Music was the title of the Sunday night show and these two icons, Beres Hammond and Bunny Wailer, didn’t disappoint.

Bunny, aged 68, opened the show with music spanning back 30 years, which took many of the audience back to their childhoods. It was a pleasure for those familiar with the work of Bob Marley and the Wailers.

You could be mistaken for believing that Bob Marley was actually on stage, however, many of the songs that Bunny performed alongside Bob back in the 70s and 80s were actually written by him.

He did not disappoint the many under 30s who were more familiar with his recent sounds such as Cool and Deadly and Kinky Reggae.

The packed O2 Academy crowd then had the pleasure of the Harmony House Musicians who were backing the legendary Beres Hammond.

They captivated the audience as they were extremely talented and entertaining. The only complaint was that it would have been good if they could have played longer.

Beres then came on to the stage. He’s aged 59 but could still move like a 25-year-old. His voice is as good now as it was in the past.

Young and old swayed away to hits including Golden Touch and Rockaway.

He performed many of his songs in acapella, which drove the crowd crazy, as his voice is even better without background music. His interaction was great throughout the show.

These two giants definitely left Bristol standing tall.

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