The Beat – All The Hits And More – UK Tour and Festival Dates

The Beat – All The Hits And More – UK Tour and Festival Dates



“…..The Beat. Who needs the brave new world when the old school is still this good?”  Sunday Mirror

One of the biggest bands of the 2-Tone movement, The Beat have announced full UK headline tour dates from September to December and which will be preceded by a series of summer festival appearances including Hop Farm.


The Beat present a wall of sound that transcends time and ska fusion rhythms to ignite a crowd. They play with the sole aim of connecting with and entertaining their appreciative audience with their relentless energy and world class musicianship.


The Beat are known the world over for a string of hit singles, including “Mirror in the Bathroom”, “Too Nice To Talk To”, “Can’t Get Used To Losing You”, “Hands off She’s Mine” and “All Out To Get You”. Their songs of peace, love and unity fuse ska, pop, reggae and punk rock and their dynamic live show has garnered them a loyal following at home and abroad.


The Beat formed in Birmingham in 1978, part of the West Midlands ska revival scene that also produced The Specials and The Selecter, whilst London saw the formation of Madness and The Bodysnatchers.


Their first single was an arresting version of Smokey Robinson’s “Tears Of A Clown”, given a completely new feel, and was backed with their own composition “Ranking Full Stop”. Released in a one-off deal on Jerry Dammers’ Chrysalis-backed 2-Tone label, the single stormed into the Top 10 in December 1979, and saw the band appear twice on Top Of The Pops. Backed by Arista, the band formed their own label Go-Feet Records.. The first release in February 1980 was another Top 10 hit, “Hands Off… She’s Mine”, and was the first of twelve chart singles for the band on Go-Feet.


The band released three albums “I Just Can’t Stop It” (1980), “Wha’ppen” (1981) and “Special Beat Service” (1982), which contained many tracks that demonstrated their more politicised and socially-conscious leanings. All three albums were reissued in the Summer of 2012 by Edsel Records with bonus additions.

‘Stand Down Margaret’ (TOTP 1982)


The 2014 line-up features Ranking Roger and Ranking Junior on vocals, Fuzz Townshend on drums plus Andy Pearson, Matt Godwin and Steve Harper and Bobby Bird on bass, sax and guitars.


Full UK tour dates below:


Apr 12           Derby, The Flowerpot

Apr 25          Totnes, South Devon Arts Centre

May 03         Whitchurch, Rockus Festival

May 17          Bury, The Met

May 24         Carlisle, The Brickyard

May 25         Dymock Festival

May 26         Dorchester Festival

Jun 07          Gloucester, SportBeat Festival

Jun 08          Minehead, Butlins – Ultimate 80s

Jun 13           Wellingborough, BWM Scooter Rally – Santa Pod

Jun 20          Skegness, Butlins – Hot Summer Party

Jun 21           Bognor Regis, Butlins – Ultimate 80s

Jul 05           Rotherham, Slamfest

Jul 06           Kent, Hop Farm Music Festival

Jul 26           Holmfirth, Picturedrome

Aug 02          Leeds, Ska & Mod Festival

Aug 23          Upton Upon Severn, Upton Music Festival

Aug 31           Cheshire, Rewind Festival

Sep 05          London, Brooklyn Bowl @ The O2

Sep 06          Marlow Bottom, Rock Bottom 2014

Sep 12           Colchester, Arts Centre

Oct 18           Brighton, Concorde 2

Oct 24           Stockton-On-Tees, ARC

Nov 08          Falmouth, Pavilions

Nov 07          Reading, Sub89

Nov 15           Chester, The Live Rooms

Nov 21           Bath, Komedia

Nov 22          Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms

Nov 28          Manchester, Club Academy*

Dec 05          Gloucester, Guildhall

Dec 12           Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

Dec 13           Birmingham, Institute*


*Tickets for Manchester are £17.50 and Birmingham are £19.50 and are onsale now at  /0844 811 0051.


“Mirror in the bathroom, please talk free. 

The door is locked just you and me.” /

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