The Beat goes on at city gig

Rankin' Roger Of The Beat.
Rankin' Roger Of The Beat.

SKA legends The Beat will be performing at The Venue in Derby on Friday, November 4.

The Beat hailed from working class, industrial Birmingham when they rushed on to the music scene in 1979, a time of social, political and musical upheaval.

Their simple message of love and unity set to a great ska/pop dance beat.

The Beat were all about inclusion, rather than exclusion, and this showed in their personnel and their music influences. The band crossed over fluidly between soul, reggae, pop and punk, and from these disparate pieces they created an infectious dance rhythm. Along with their contemporaries The Specials, The Selecter, and Madness, The Beat became an overnight sensation and one of the most popular and influential bands of the British ska movement. Hits included Tears Of A Clown, Hands Off She’s Mine, Stand Down Margaret, Mirror In The Bathroom and Can’t Get Used To Losing You before they split in 1984.

Now they’re back, thanks to a number of successful tours and you can relive the glory days with some of the original members.

The Venue is based on Abbey Street, Derby. Tickets are £12 in advance and doors open at 8pm. Call 01332 203545.