Win tickets to the English Beat at Venue
The English Beat formed in Birmingham, England in April 1979.
Led by founding member, lead vocalist and songwriter, Dave Wakeling, the sparkling live show includes the band’s best-known originals, among them “Mirror in the Bathroom”, “Save It for Later”, “Stand Down Margaret”, and “I Confess”, and their inspirational covers of “Tears of a Clown” and “Can't Get Used to Losing You”, as well as the hits Wakeling scored with ‘80s pop icons General Public, such as “Tenderness”, “Never You Done That”, and “I'll Take You There”.
A part of the 2 Tone ska music revolution of the late '70s and early '80s, alongside their stable mates the Specials, Madness, and the Selecter, the Beat perfected their own unique brand of the Punky Reggae Party memorialized in the Bob Marley song of the same name. For Wakeling, the English Beat’s hybrid was a delightful blend of Toots and the Maytals, The Velvet Underground, Buzzcocks, The Four Tops and Van Morrison.
The English Beat never shied away from singing about the current topics on everyone’s lips, and with today’s social conditions so similar to those of the late ‘70s—recession, depression, unemployment, uncertainty, war, and rumours of war—their lyrics continue to resonate in a very timely manner.
A pair of tickets to see the English Beat at Venue Nightclub on March 29 at 7 p.m.