The Selecter and The Beat (Feat. Ranking Roger) have announced a return to Belfast at Mandela Hall on Friday March 16th 2018. The 2-Tone legends teamed up in 2017 and played a SOLD OUT Belfast show at The Limelight 1.
The Selecter is led by their iconic front woman 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, except the pair (Pauline & Gaps) are more driven than ever. 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’. They’ve played at most major festivals, headlined 3 UK tours, toured the US and recorded three studio albums in the last few years, the latest of which, Subculture, was mixed by UK dub-master Prince Fatty and released to critical acclaim in June 2015.
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. Joining Roger in the revitalised band is his son Ranking Junior AKA Matthew Murphy, a powerhouse MC who adds a new dimension to the record and to the live shows.
Renowned for their energetic live shows, longevity has not diminished either band’s ability to put in a performance and get everyone in a room, or field, dancing. Don’t miss arguably two of the best live bands around playing full sets of their many hits, and more.
Tickets on sale Friday 2nd June at 9am – buy yours here.