Legendary 2-Tone artists, The Selecter, released their new studio album SUBCULTURE to critical acclaim in June 2015 on DMF Records and Pad Presents has just announced they’re coming back to Bedford on Saturday 20th February.
Whenever successful bands from the past reform they invariably start trading in nostalgia and become “heritage” acts. No one expects them to grow artistically or continue to excel at the same things that brought them popularity in the first place, but that’s what The Selecter have done in the past few years. They’ve played at major festivals, headlined 3 UK tours and recorded three studio albums, the latest of which, Subculture, is mixed by UK dub-master Prince Fatty.
The Selecter is led by their iconic frontwoman Pauline Black, whose recent series of shows on BBC 6Music were hugely well received, and whose book ‘Black By Design’ continues to sell in droves worldwide, alongside an incredible talented band of musicians, including Neil Pyzer (Spear Of Destiny) Will Crewdson (Rachel Stamp) and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson (who features extensively on Subculture).
The anarchic passion that fuelled Selecter gigs during the 2 Tone era, when they toured with the Specials and Madness at the peak of their early fame is still there, except the pair (Pauline & Gaps) seem more driven than ever. Their confidence is sky-high and they’re also writing the best songs of their career, which is saying something given the enduring popularity of hits like Three Minute Hero, Missing Words and On My Radio.
No strangers to Bedford The Selecter have racked up appearances at Esquires in Bedford numerous times in the past, and were last seen at the Corn Exchange in 2011 when they blew the bloody roof off.
Tickets are on sale priced £18 in advance from the 6th November via Seetickets online, from the venue Box Office in the Number 13 bar and in person from Planet Boutique in the Arcade and Marios Hair Design in Kempston.
Doors open at 7.30pm, special guests t.b.c http://www.seetickets.com/event/the-selecter/bedford-corn-exchange/924869