Bringing the ska Beat back to the Roadmender

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Two-tone ska legends, The Beat, return to the Roadmender in Northampton this weekend.

The band formed in the working class suburbs of industrial Birmingham in 1978, offering messages of hope and peace with an insight into socio-
political topics.

Alongside The Specials, they were heralded as forerunners of the Two-Tone Ska movement.

The Beat’s first single was a cover of Smokey Robinson’s Tears of A Clown, which reached number six. The record was a fusion of ska, punk, pop, soul and reggae.

The current line-up features original vocalist, Ranking Roger, Everett Morton, Mickey Billingham and Murphy ‘Ranking Jnr’

Support is by The Skints, who in the past few years have risen through the ranks of the ska punk reggae scene. They have played alongside the likes of Gym Class Heroes, You Me at Six and Gogol Bordello.

The Beat play the Roadmender on Saturday, December 1.

Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets cost £15 in advance. For more details visit www.theroadmender.com