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The Beat set to gig at Gloucester Guildhall

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: March 21, 2014

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Ska band The Beat will gig at Gloucester Guildhall, it has been announced.

Formed in the working class suburbs of industrial Birmingham in England in 1978 The Beat arose at a time of high unemployment and social upheaval.

From the outset the band offered messages of hope and peace with an insight into sociopolitical topics would later alongside The Specials see them heralded as forerunners of the whole 2-Tone Ska movement.

The Beat's first single was the infectious cover of Smokey Robinson's Tears of A Clown which on release went straight into the top 10 at number six.

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Huge radio airplay followed in the US which saw The Beat head stateside and then further with world tours alongside some of the biggest performing artists such as The Clash, The Police, REM, Talking Heads, The Pretenders and of course The Specials.

Tickets cost £19 or £16 in advance. Call 01452 503050.

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