The Beat feat. Ranking Jnr
Dave’s Stage (Main Stage), Friday 2023
The band crosses over, fluidly, between soul, reggae, pop and punk, and from these disparate pieces create an infectious dance rhythm. Along with their contemporaries The Specials, The Selecter, and Madness, The Beat became an overnight sensation and one of the most popular and influential bands of the British ska movement.
By Christmas of 1979, The Beat were riding high in the UK charts with their first single, a smoking remake of the classic Smokey Robinson tune Tears of a Clown.