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The Beat could sell-out

27 September 2012

Kingsmeadow Live event pulls in the punters

This Saturday’s Kingsmeadow Live event is close to selling out with less than 30 tickets now remaining for Birmingham band The Beat.

Organisers cannot guarantee that there will be entry on the night with The Beat, now led by Rankin Roger and his son Rankin Junior, proving to be a big draw.

Originally formed in 1978, the band were an overnight success with their distinctive mix of ska, pop, soul, reggae and punk rock music. As forerunners of the 2-Tone Ska movement, their first hit single was the infectious cover of Smokey Robinson’s “Tears of a Clown”, which went to number six in the UK charts. With further hits following, The Beat enjoyed acclaim in the US and at the height of their powers, they had worldwide tours alongside The Clash, REM and The Police. The Beat stunned their followers though by disbanding in 1983. However, they returned with a bang 20 years later with a sell-out gig at The Royal Festival Hall.

With originals members Rankin Roger (lead vocals) and Everett Morton (drums) joined by Rankin Junior and Mickey Billingham (former keyboardist in Dexys Midnight Runners), The Beat have continued to have a loyal following during their tours. As part of a busy UK tour this year, we are pleased to host The Beat as part of Kingsmeadow Live this Saturday.

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