Special ska and punk line-up set for co-headline Hatfield show

The Beat will play Hatfield [Picture: Jim Stokes]

The Beat will play Hatfield [Picture: Jim Stokes]

Jim Stokes

Four ska revival and punk bands will take to the stage in Hatfield this weekend as part of a special co-headline show.

The Beat, The Selecter, Stiff Little Fingers and Buzzcocks will play on the same bill at the University of Hertfordshire in HatfieldThe Beat, The Selecter, Stiff Little Fingers and Buzzcocks will play on the same bill at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield

Punk trailblazers Buzzocks, British ska legends The Beat, 2 Tone boundary-pushers The Selecter and Belfast band Stiff Little Fingers are set to join forces on the same bill at the University of Hertfordshire’s College Lane campus on Saturday, May 26.

Also appearing at Leeds and Birmingham over the May Bank Holiday weekend, the concerts have been arranged by the organisers of the Slam Dunk Festival following last year’s run of dates by The Specials and Toots & The Maytals at the same venues.

Featuring Ranking Roger, The Beat are best known singles Mirror In The Bathroom, Hands Off She’s Mine, Tears Of A Clown and Too Nice To Talk To.

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.

The Selecter by Dean ChalkleyThe Selecter by Dean Chalkley

“Looking forward it’s a 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.”

Led by frontwoman Pauline Black and original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson, The Selecter’s hits include Three Minute Hero, Missing Words and On My Radio.

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.”

Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve) is the Buzzcocks’ best known track, and Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle have continued to deliver their critically acclaimed hits as fearlessly as when they were first written.

Energetic Irish band Stiff Little Fingers enjoyed success with Alternative Ulster.

Stiff Little Fingers’ 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.”

The rotating bill will also take to the stage in Millennium Square, Leeds, on Friday, May 25 and at the NEC Lakeside in Birmingham on Sunday, May 27.

Hatfield gates open at 4.30pm and The Forum Hertfordshire concert starts at 5pm.

Tickets cost £40, plus booking fees.

• To book tickets, visit https://www.lunatickets.co.uk/event/thebeat-buzzcocks-theselecter-stifflittlefingers/hatfield-forum/1167336/

For more details, visit The Forum’s website at www.forumhertfordshire.co.uk

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