Gig of the week: The Beat and The Selecter at QUBSU

Ranking Roger and Ranking Junior of The Beat, who play with The Selecter tonight at the Mandela Hall in Belfast

HAVING packed out The Limelight in Belfast last year with their double-headline show, 2Tone legends The Beat and The Selecter are back for another visit tonight, this time at the larger Mandela Hall at QUBSU.

The Birmingham based, Ranking Roger-fronted incarnation of The Beat (which also features the Beat-founder's son, Ranking Jr, and is not to be confused with Dave Wakeling's US version, The English Beat) are currently on a bit of a roll thanks to the success of both the ongoing live team-up with Coventry chums The Selecter and their acclaimed 2016 album, Bounce – their first new music in 30 years.

"We didn't know this was going to happen," admits Roger of the tour's popularity.

"I had no idea we'd be playing to packed houses. We did one show with The Selecter in Coventry, which sold out really quickly. People got interested and more promoters wanted the show.

"We were only meant to do six shows but it keeps getting extended."

The Selecter are also enjoying a purple patch at the moment: Fronted by original members Pauline Black and Arthur 'Gaps' Hendrickson, the 2Tone pioneers released the album Subculture to positive notices back in 2015, featuring the single Box Fresh.

Of course, both bands still play all their classic hits while taking it in turns to headline the gigs: fans can expect to be dancing to Mirror In The Bathroom, Too Much Pressure, Save It For Later, On My Radio, Hands Off She's Mine, Three Minute Hero and the rest.

Tickets £25 from Katy's Bar, and Ticketmaster outlets.


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