13.45 – 14.30

THE
BEAT

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Along with The Specials and The Selecter, The Beat is one of the most significant British ska bands. Their first single (a cover of Smokey Robinson’s Tears Of A Clown) appeared on the legendary 2 Tone Records, but soon this Birmingham band opted for its own label (Go Feet Records). Their mix of Jamaican ska and British punk rock was worldwide appreciated. Tracks such as Can’t Get Used To Losing You and Mirror in the Bathroom were worldwide hits. In America (where they were known as The English Beat), they toured with big shots e.g David Bowie and The Clash. Subsequent to The Beat’s 3rd album (Special Beat Service) the band split up. Singer Ranking Roger formed General Public, and the Beat’s guitarist and bassist founded Fine Young Cannibals. But… like many great bands, The Beat fortunately reunited. As a result of this they performed extensively. And on top of it, Bounce, their first new album in over 30 years, will be released on September the 30th.  So, even in 2016, this UK band is still an absolute guarantee for an unforgettable ska party.

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