Two-tone ska legends return to Wellingborough

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Influential platinum-selling 2-Tone veterans, The Selecter, headline The Castle in Wellingborough next week.

Fronted by Pauline Black and Arthur Hendrickson, the band is back on the road touring in support of their new studio album, Subculture, which is due out this year.

The band released their debut album, Too Much Pressure, in 1980 and it remains a classic touchstone for a generation of 2-tone/ ska lovers.

Mixing punk, ska and reggae, it contained hits including On My Radio, Three Minute Hero and Missing Words.

Too Much Pressure successfully reflected the social and political issues of the early Thatcher years in Britain and gave a voice to disaffected youth across the racial divide.

One of the most visceral and important ska acts from the UK, The Selecter returned in 2011, fronted by the original singing duo of the female icon of the 2-tone era, Black and Hendrickson.

The Selecter play the Wellingborough venue on Thursday, February 26. Support is by The Tuts.

Doors open at 8pm, tickets cost £16.50 in advance before fees.

The same night, NC Jazz presents the Wild Flower Sextet at the venue.

The show will be celebrating the life of jazz legend Wayne Shorter.

Led by saxophonist Matt Anderson, Wild Flower Sextet will perform original music inspired by the sound and approach of Shorter, alongside new arrangements of classic and lesser-known Shorter compositions.

Doors open at 8pm, tickets costs £12.50 before fees.

The Illegal Eagles return to the venue on Friday, February 27.

Having played across the world for more than 15 years, their latest production features all the classics including Hotel California, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, Desperado, Life in the Fast Lane and Take it to the Limit.

Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets cost £23.

To book for all shows, call 01933 270 007 or visit at www.thecastle.org.uk