The Beat starring Dave Wakeling are gearing up to embark on a headline UK tour in celebration of their new album. Thinking of going? Here are five reasons why you should.
1. The new album, Here We Go Love
This is The Beat’s first full-length album with Dave Wakeling since 1982. That’s 36 years of waiting and now we have 13 new songs to get our teeth into, including new single, ‘How Can You Stand There?’. Crafted over the last few years of touring, the record takes the fire that ignited the band back in the 70s and brings it right up to date; blending their iconic mix of ska, punk, soul, reggae and whatever else they fancied throwing in the pot. Plus, with an abundance of special guests appearing across the record, including: Roddy ‘Radiation’ Byers of The Specials, Luis Maldonado from Train and backing vocalists, Durga McBroom, Kevin Williams and Jelani Jones, there’s no doubt that this collection of songs are going to be more than worth the wait.
2. You’ll get to re-visit some of The Beat’s classics, live
As much as everyone is excited to hear The Beat’s new material live for the first time, getting to hear old favourites and have a good stomp along to tracks such as ‘Save It For Later’ and ‘Tears Of A Clown’ is going to be a whole lot of fun.
3. Their live shows are always unforgettable
The Beat have enjoyed an incredible career, that stems across many decades, but one thing never changes and that’s that they always put on a mind-blowing performance. Their live prowess is second to none and having sold out shows around the globe, the demand for this band is unrivalled. Their fizzing energy and diverse sound has seen them play everywhere from arenas, to festivals and even saw in the New Year this year as part of Jools Holland's 25th annual Hootenanny.
4. The Beat influenced a whole generation of bands.
Back in the 70s and 80s, The Beat starring Dave Wakeling were one of the most important bands of the era. They were a huge part of building the ska, reggae and punk scene and became close friends with the likes of The Specials, The Selecter and Madness, as well as influencing bands right up to the present day. They tackled subjects many feared to with their music, which leads us nicely onto point number five…
5. This is a band with a voice that matters.
The Beat have always tried to use their music as a way to spread a message and new album, Here We Go Love is no different. Wakeling’s lyrics are very much focussed on observing life, taking influence from the tumultuous events of the world and piecing them together with his thoughts on what holds us all together. He explores notions of love, self, identity and just a dash of politics with his words and they are words that are as relevant to their early fans as they are to a new generation. This tour will be fans’ chance to reconnect with a band, a band who are essential to the modern day climate.
If you haven't got your ticket yet for the tour, you better be quick! See the full list of dates below:
O2 Academy Newcastle: Tuesday 29 May - Buy Tickets
O2 ABC Glasgow: Thursday 31 May - Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Liverpool: Friday 1 June - Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Birmingham: Saturday 2 June - Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Sheffield: Sunday 3 June - Buy Tickets
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