English Beat Announce First U.K. Shows in 20 Years

Birmingham ska revivalists the Beat, a.k.a. the English Beat to U.S. fans, have announced the band’s first U.K. tour in over 20 years. The band will support another recontructed band, INXS, on a nine-date stroll kicking off June 5 in Bristol.

The original six-piece — Dave Wakeling (vocals/guitar), Andy Cox (guitar), David Steele (bass), Everett Morton (drums), Ranking Roger (vocals), and Saxa (saxophone) — split in 1983 when Wakeling and Roger departed to form General Public while Cox and Steele shaped the Fine Young Cannibals. The tour will only include founding member Wakeling, and no further announcements regarding U.S. dates or recording efforts have been announced.

The English Beat/INXS tour dates:

6/5, Bristol (Colston Hall)
6/6, Nottingham (Royal Centre)
6/12, Glasgow (Clyde Auditorium)
6/14, Manchester (Apollo)
6/15, Newcastle (City Hall)
6/17, Brighton (Dome)
6/18, Birmingham (Symphony Hall)
6/21, London (Hammersmith Apollo)
6/25, Sheffield (City Hall)

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On the Web:
thebeatuk.com

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