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Live review: THE DUALERS at The Tunnels in Bristol

Croydon’s favourite sons THE DUALERS made it to Bristol earlier this month (3 May) to perform for a packed crowd at The Tunnels.

Local soul and funk covers band THE REGZ got things off to a good start with big tracks like “Tainted Love” and “Son of a Preacher Man”. 

This soulful party band got a few people grooving around, but it was the sounds of early ska and reggae delivered by THE DUALERS that got pretty much everyone skanking and swaying.

Charismatic frontman Tyber Cranstoun wasted no time in warming up the crowd with classics like “Simmer Down” and “Monkey Man”, but it was original material like “Don't Go” and “Kiss On The Lips” that demonstrated they’re not just another covers band. Thankfully the band’s next record Rocking Back To Kingston will be coming out towards the end of the year.

South London’s premier ska and reggae band is now a regular annual fixture at The Tunnels - a clear sign that the group is making headway in spreading the Jamaican beat beyond their native South East.

Bristol is a city with a rich reggae history and vibrant live music scene, so I wouldn’t be surprised if next time THE DUALERS return to the city they’ll be playing a larger venue.

However The Tunnels, which is nestled underneath Temple Meads Railway station, is a superb intimate space and I'm sure fans wouldn't be devastated if they decided to stick to the same venue in years to come.

The current line-up includes:

  • Tyber Cranstoun - lead vocals
  • Peter Lee - lead guitar
  • Tom Hindley - rhythm guitar
  • Jason Gale - bass
  • Gary Williams - drums
  • Enoch Mukasa - keyboards
  • Paul Bilson - trumpet
  • Tim Ower - sax
  • Raphael Clarkson - trombone