The English Beat will bring thirty years worth of reggae, ska and pop to Australia and New Zealand.
Alongside Madness and The Specials, The English Beat were pioneers of the second wave of ska in the late-‘70s, bringing in elements of reggae, pop and 2-tone.
Band leader Dave Wakeling says, “I liked the exhilaration of punk and the hypnotic quality of reggae, and I was sure you could combine them into something … hypnotic, but rhythmic and danceable too”
And they did, scoring hits with ‘Mirror in the Bathroom’, ‘Save It For Later’, ‘Can’t Get Used To Losing You’, ‘Hands Off She’s Mine’ and ‘Too Nice To Talk To’.
The English Beat reformed in 2009, and now they bring their breezy, danceable sounds to Australian and New Zealand stages for the first time in August and September.
The English Beat Australian And New Zealand Tour 2012
Thursday 23 August –Powerstation, Auckland, NZ
Satursday 25 August –Factory Theatre, Sydney
Sunday 26 August – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
Wednesday 29 August – Fowlers Live, Adelaide
Thursday 30 August – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Friday 31 August – The Zoo, Brisbane
Saturday 1 September – Astor Theatre, Perth