The infectious tones of ska, punk, rock and reggae are making their way to the North East this month as ska pioneers and downright legends The Beat, led by frontman Dave Wakeling, take to the stage at the illustrious O2 Academy in Newcastle.
For 40 years now – and in several different forms – The Beat (also known as The ‘English’ Beat) have held the genre of 2-tone ska at its mercy, carefully fusing traditional voices of ska with a more progressive sound of reggae and punk-rock textures; The Beat’s influence on the genre of ska and the bands that followed has been immeasurable.
Known for their effervescent live performances jam-packed with classics guaranteed to get you moving, The Beat has continuously proved themselves to be a band for the people and Dave Wakeling’s collective are certain to continue that legacy. For 90 minutes, the same raucous enthusiasm that made The Beat one of the biggest and most important acts of the new wave era returns to an air of palpable joy amongst their adoring fans.
After supporting and often playing alongside such monumental musical talents as David Bowie, The Clash, The Police, R.E.M., The Specials and Talking Heads, The Beat are no strangers to the stage and their gig starring Dave Wakeling in the North East is sure to be an emphatic affair not to be missed.
The Beat starring Dave Wakeling plays the O2 Academy, Newcastle on Tuesday 29th May with doors opening at 7:00pm. Tickets, priced at £21.40 (including service fee), are available to book online at ticketmaster.co.uk or by contacting the O2 Academy Box Office on 0191 260 2020.