Following a stunning performance at Electric Picnic 2013, Ska legends The Beat have officially confirmed a brand new Irish Tour Date which will see them heading for Dublin once again this coming December 2013! Music Scene is delighted to reveal that The Beat will be performing live on stage at The Academy in Dublin on Friday the 20th of December 2013. Tickets for The Beat live at The Academy in Dublin are priced from €21 including booking fee and will be on sale from Friday September 13th through Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide. Click here to buy tickets for The Beat live at The Academy in Dublin this coming December 2013.
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Formed in the working class suburbs of industrial Birmingham in England in 1978, The Beat arose at a time of high unemployment and social upheaval. From the outset the band offered messages of hope and peace with an insight into sociopolitical topics would later, alongside The Specials, see them heralded as forerunners of the whole 2-Tone Ska movement.
Ranking Roger and Dave Wakeling led with vocal duties while Andy Cox and David Steele took guitar and bass duties with Everett Morton supplying the most distinctive of drumming styles. Added to this mix was the renowned saxophonist Saxa, adding the deliciously warm Jamaican ska instrumental flavour that is forever associated with the bands sound. Having played saxophone with Prince Buster, Laurel Aitken and Desmond Dekker in the first wave of ska The Beat on formation seemed to immediately come of age.
The Beat‘s first single was the infectious cover of Smokey Robinson’s ‘Tears of A Clown’, the record an effortless like fusion between a number of different musical styles such as Ska, Punk, Pop, Soul and Reggae, immediately saw the band finding themselves an overnight success. Further hit singles from the first album included ‘Mirror In The Bathroom’, ‘Can’t Get Used to Losing You’, ‘Hands Off… She’s Mine’ and ‘Best Friend’, and with a catalogue such as this it was easy to see why the The Beat would become one of the most popular recording and live acts in the UK.
Huge radio airplay followed in the US which saw The Beat head stateside and then further with world tours alongside some of the biggest performing artists such as The Clash, The Police, REM, Talking Heads, The Pretenders and of course The Specials.
After 3 Gold and Platinum top selling albums worldwide with ‘I Just Cant Stop It’, ‘Wh’appen’, and ‘Special Beat Service’ – The Beat‘s musical fluidity and openness, delivered in their explosive all encompassing live shows allowed them to reach hundreds of thousands of fans across the world, communicating positivity and freedom through not only their music, but their actions and genuine commitment to causes. The Beat are back!
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