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The Selecter

The Selecter, the riotous skank machine who exploded out of Coventry in the game-changing, multi-cultural 2 Tone explosion of 1979 release their brand new album ‘Daylight’ on October 6th. Now reunited around the nucleus of original members Pauline Black and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson, The Selecter are firing on all righteous cylinders in 2017 and ‘Daylight’ is their most urgent, politically engaged and purely uplifting music since the days of ‘Too Much Pressure’ and ‘Celebrate The Bullet’. Many faces have moved through The Selecter’s line-up since their early days in Coventry. Now a mix of musicians – “four white and four black, very 2-Tone” – work with Pauline, Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson and producer-writer-arranger Neil Pyzer in a tight-knit family team.

They launched ‘Daylight’ at a sold-out London Roundhouse double-header with fellow 2 Tone veterans The Beat featuring Ranking Roger in October. Fans can expect classics from “On My Radio” and ‘Missing Words” plus the new tracks too.  The Selecter are teaming up with The Beat in 2017 to give fans a rare treat, hitting the road together for a number of shows around the world. Originally a six-date tour, due to phenomenal demand they played nearly 40 dates together in 2017 and the tour is now continuing into 2018 with tours of Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Scandinavia. The Selecter also toured in 2017 in the USA with Rancid and Dropkick Murphys, while managing to fit in a few headline shows along the way, totalling 18 USA dates in all.

Pauline joined Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz for 3 shows in December 2017, one at Birmingham Arena and then 2 nights at London 02 Arena in Greenwich to perform a live version of ‘Charger’ with him which she recorded for the Gorillaz ‘Humanz’ Deluxe album. She released her autobiography ‘Black by Design’ in 2011 – the film rights were recently picked up by Molimetro Films and scriptwriting has begun.