The Selecter & The English Beat Feat. Ranking Roger
The Selecter are teaming up with The English Beat feat. Ranking Roger in 2017 in the UK & Europe to give fans a rare treat, hitting the road together for a number of co-headline shows. Originally a six-date tour, due to phenomenal demand they are playing nearly 40 dates together in 2017 including sold out shows at London’s iconic Roundhouse and Amsterdam’s Melkweg. The hugely successful pairing is now continuing into 2018 and heading worldwide with tours of Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Germany, France and dates in the USA.
The English Beat feat. 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, Hand’s Off She’s Mine, Save It For Later and Too Nice To Talk To – is here again on the new album.
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, Too Much Pressure and On My Radio. They released new studio album Daylight in October 2017 – with their most urgent, politically engaged and purely uplifting music since the days of Too Much Pressure and Celebrate The Bullet. The band toured in the USA in Summer 2017 with Rancid and Dropkick Murphys.
Don’t miss arguably two of the best live bands around playing full sets of their many hits and more each night with a joint encore. Life-long friends, The Selecter and The English Beat feat. Ranking Roger are two of the main bands to come out of 2 Tone – a crucial musical and cultural movement which is still as relevant today as it was over 30 years ago. 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.