The Selecter is led by their iconic frontwoman Pauline Black and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson. Pauline Black is one of very few women in the 2-Tone scene – the original Rude Girl she is often referred to as the Queen of Ska. Performer, singer, artist, band leader and songwriter, Pauline Black has dedicated four decades to the music scene. Supporting and campaigning for racial equality throughout her work, she describes herself as first and foremost, a singer.
The anarchic passion that fuelled Selecter gigs during the original 2-Tone era is still there. 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 Too Much Pressure and On My Radio. In October 2017 The Selecter released their new studio album Daylight – their most urgent, politically engaged and purely uplifting record since the days of Too Much Pressure and Celebrate The Bullet.
The Selecter and The Beat Feat. Ranking Roger had been touring together in the last few years, playing to sold out venues all around the world. The hugely successful co-headline pairing continued through to Summer 2018 but then in early August Ranking Roger was taken to hospital with a suspected mini stroke. The Beat subsequently cancelled all their forthcoming live shows.The Selecter are touring the West Coast of the US this Autumn to play 11 shows with Special Guest and DJ Rhoda Dakar. The band will be playing an extended, hit-rich set with some added live favourites and surprises.