Special ska and punk outdoor show announced for Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 17:27 26 October 2017 | UPDATED: 19:41 12 November 2017

An outdoor concert at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield

An outdoor concert at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield

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Fans of ska and punk are in for a treat in Hatfield next summer when a four band spectacular comes to town.

Slam Dunk presents a rotating ska and punk bill of The Beat, Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers and The Selecter at the University of Hertfordshire's Forum Hertfordshire site on the College Lane Campus in Hatfield Slam Dunk presents a rotating ska and punk bill of The Beat, Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers and The Selecter at the University of Hertfordshire's Forum Hertfordshire site on the College Lane Campus in Hatfield

The Beat, Buzzcocks, The Selecter and Stiff Little Fingers will play an outdoor show at The Forum Hertfordshire in May.

From the same team that brought The Specials and Toots & The Maytals together earlier this year, the four band bill will be a co-headlining extravaganza celebrating the very best in punk, 2 Tone and, of course, ska.

The concert will take place at the University of Hertfordshire’s College Lane Campus on Saturday, May 26.

The tour will also visit Leeds’ Millennium Square the day before the Hatfield gig, and Lakeside at the NEC Birmingham on Sunday, May 27.

The Beat featuring Ranking Roger will play a special ska and punk show in Hatfield [Picture: Jim Stokes] The Beat featuring Ranking Roger will play a special ska and punk show in Hatfield [Picture: Jim Stokes]

The co-headlining bill will see the groups rotate slots over the three days, with all playing a full headline set every night.

Tickets cost £40 and go on sale on Friday, October 27.

After the success of the three outdoor events which saw The Specials and Toots & The Maytals play on the same stage for the very first time, those behind Hatfield’s Slam Dunk Festival are back to deliver another iconic run of shows.

Fans of ska and punk music will be able to see The Beat, punk icons Buzzcocks, 2 Tone boundary-pushers The Selecter and Belfast’s own Stiff Little Fingers join forces.

The Selecter will play a special ska and punk show in Hatfield [Picture: Dean Chalkley] The Selecter will play a special ska and punk show in Hatfield [Picture: Dean Chalkley]

They will play three very special co-headline shows in Leeds, Hatfield and Birmingham at the end of May Bank Holiday.

The Beat have delivered their explosively upbeat and reggae-tinted melodies since the height of 2-Tone/ska boom.

Joining frontman Roger in the revitalised band is his son, Ranking Junior, aka Matthew Murphy, a powerhouse MC who brings to the band an update on the toasting that made Ranking Roger such a pivotal part of the original Beat.

Expect to hear singles Mirror In The Bathroom, Hand’s Off She’s Mine, Tears Of A Clown and Too Nice To Talk To in their set.

Roger Ranking said: “We have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with The Selecter for a while now and it makes for a great evening.

“Looking forward, it’s fantastic to also be playing with Stiff Little Fingers and The Buzzcocks as they were influential to The Beat’s first sound and certainly got me jumping up and down back in the day.

“I’m really looking forward to these shows with more of my heroes.”

Responsible for fierce hits such as Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve) and What Do I Get?, Buzzcocks have stayed true to their punk sensibilities.

Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle continue to deliver their critically acclaimed hits as fearlessly as when they were first written.

Led by their iconic frontwoman Pauline Black, and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson, The Selecter will storm through hits like Three Minute Hero, Missing Words, Too Much Pressure and On My Radio.

They released new studio album Daylight earlier this month with their most urgent, politically engaged and purely uplifting music since the days of 1981 second album Celebrate The Bullet.

Pauline Black said: “Who doesn’t enjoy a punky ska and reggae party?

“The Selecter most definitely does! This line-up will be like playing with old friends.”

Belfast punks Stiff Little Fingers will join the Hatfield bill. Expect to hear Alternative Ulster in their set.

Lead singer and original member Jake Burns said: “We were delighted to be asked to join The Selecter, Buzzcocks and The Beat for three shows in Leeds, Hatfield and Birmingham.

“We’re very much looking forward to playing with these terrific bands, who also happen to be long time friends. Bring it on!”

• For tickets for the Hatfield Forum show, visit https://www.lunatickets.co.uk/

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