Ska-punk Legends The Beat & The Selecter Announce NZ Shows

Thursday 25 May 2017

Ska-punk Legends The Beat & The Selecter Announce NZ Shows

Move, shake and drop as Ska-punk giants The Selecter and The Beat make their way to Auckland and Wellington in January 2018.

Back in the late '70s/early '80s, two of the most brilliant English bands The Selecter and The Beat were joined together creating a musical phenomenon known as the '2 Tone Movement' which gave rise to the likes of The Specials and Madness. Now, these ska-punk revivalists are all set to put on some energetic performances with back to back hits as they play with a full band. This Australasian tour follows their critically-acclaimed sold-out tour of the UK, which started out as six dates but was promptly increased to nearly 40 shows because of the overwhelming demand for tickets.

Led by their frontwoman Pauline Black, The Selecter is composed of a group of talented musicians co-fronted by original member Arthur 'Gaps' Hendrickson. The anarchic passion that fuelled the band’s gigs during the 2 Tone era is still there, with hits such as 'Three Minute Hero', 'Missing Words' and 'On My Radio', just as relevant and alive today as they were 30 years ago. The enduring classics come thick and fast in the show, interspersed with the band’s newer material, including songs from 2015’s album, Subculture, which was produced by dub-master Prince Fatty.

The Beat, fronted by Ranking Roger, released their spectacular fourth album Bounce (the first in more than 30 years) in September last year. The album shows off every gleaming aspect of one of the most musically diverse bands to come out of the multi-cultural explosion that remade British pop from 1979 onwards.

Joining Roger in the revitalised band is his son Ranking Junior AKA 'Matthew Murphy' - a powerhouse MC who brings to the band an update on the toasting that made Ranking Roger such a pivotal part of the original band. The same energy that pumped through the hit singles of the '80s - 'Mirror In The Bathroom', 'Stand Down Margaret' and 'Too Nice To Talk To' - is still The Beat’s driving force.

Don't miss this opportunity to relive one of the most iconic movements of ska-punk legends with two of their spectacular nights filled with magic madness.