The Olympia Theatre, Dublin: Saturday 17th March, 2018. Click here to view available tickets.
THE BEAT 8.00pm
THE SELECTER 9.30pm
2 Tone legends The Selecter and The Beat are teaming up to give fans a rare treat, hitting the road together for a number of dates taking them into 2018. Originally a six-date tour, due to huge demand they added 30 more dates including a second London show at the iconic Roundhouse and are now expanding the popular pairing into next year with new shows announced in Ireland.
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, 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. Their latest album, Subculture, was mixed by UK dub-master Prince Fatty and released to critical acclaim in June 2015 and they will be releasing a new studio album in October 2017.
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. 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 Beat. The same energy that drove the hit singles of the 80s; Mirror In The Bathroom, Stand Down Margaret and Too Nice To Talk To – is here again on the new album.