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It’s time to get back to The Beat with a gig from one of the biggest bands of the 2-Tone movement.

The Beat are known for a string of hit singles, including Mirror In The Bathroom, Too Nice To Talk To, Can’t Get Used To Losing You, Hands Off She’s Mine and All Out To Get You.

Now they’ll be playing the classic tracks and more at a gig at Southsea’s Wedgewood Rooms.

The band, who were at their height in the late ’70s and early ’80s, gained huge popularity with their fusion of ska, pop, reggae and punk rock and their dynamic live shows.

The Beat formed in Birmingham in 1978 and were part of the West Midlands ska revival scene that also produced The Specials and The Selecter, while London saw the formation of Madness and The Bodysnatchers.

The band released three albums I Just Can’t Stop It (1980), Wha’ppen (1981) and Special Beat Service (1982), which contained many tracks that demonstrated their more politicised and socially-conscious leanings.

All three albums were reissued in 2012 by Edsel Records with bonus additions.

The 2013 line-up features Ranking Roger and Ranking Junior on vocals, Everett Morton on drums plus Andy Pearson, Michael Billingham, Matt Godwin and Steve Harper on sax, keys and guitars.

They’ll be at the Wedgewood Rooms tomorrow. Visit wedgewood-rooms.co.uk.

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