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The Selecter & The Beat at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, April 29th, London


The Selecter and The Beat have announced a co-headline London concert on Saturday 29th April 2017.

The 2 Tone legends are teaming up to give fans a rare treat. Life-long friends, they are two of the main bands to come out of 2 Tone – a crucial musical and cultural movement which is still as relevant today as it was over 30 years ago.

The Selecter is led by their iconic frontwoman Pauline Black, alongside an incredible talented band of musicians, and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson. The anarchic passion that fuelled Selecter gigs during the 2 Tone era is still there. Their confidence is sky-high and they’re also writing the best songs of their career, which is saying something given the enduring popularity of hits like “Three Minute Hero”, “Missing Words” and “On My Radio”.

The Beat fronted by Ranking Roger released their spectacular fourth album “Bounce” (the first in over 30 years) in September 2016. The album shows off every gleaming aspect of one of the most musically diverse bands to come out of the multiracial, multicultural explosion that remade British pop from 1979 onwards. The same energy that drove the hit singles of the 80s; “Mirror In The Bathroom”, “Stand Down Margaret” and “Too Nice To Talk To” – reggae looseness plus razor-sharp song-writing meets the paranoid pace of punk – is here again.


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