The Selecter is led by their iconic frontwoman Pauline Black, alongside an incredible talented band of musicians, and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson. The anarchic passion that fuelled Selecter gigs during the 2 Tone era is still there, except the pair (Pauline & Gaps) are 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.
The band recently won Best Roots Act at the 2018 Vive Le Rock Awards and have just been announced to play on the Main Stage at the The Biggest Weekend for BBC Radio 2 in Coventry on Sunday 27 May.
The Selecter teamed up with The Beat feat. Ranking Roger last year to give fans a rare treat, hitting the road together for a number of co-headline shows. Originally a six-date tour, due to phenomenal demand they played nearly 40 dates together in 2017 including sold out shows at London’s iconic Roundhouse and Amsterdam’s Melkweg. The hugely successful pairing is now continuing into 2018 and heading worldwide. Both bands are releasing Live Albums from the Roundhouse show on CD & Vinyl, with bonus DVDs, in June.
In between shows, Pauline Black has also been special guest with Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz on their Latin American tour dates after appearing on their album Humanz last year. Pauline and Gaps have also been announced as special guests to join Jools Holland at his Royal Albert Hall show in December.
The Selecter’s new studio album Daylight was released to critical acclaim in October 2017. Firing on all righteous cylinders Daylight is arguably their most urgent, politically engaged and purely uplifting music since the days of Too Much Pressure and Celebrate The Bullet. Recorded in London against a strangely familiar backdrop of political foment, anger at austerity policies and the sudden emergence of a revitalized left wing vying for Government, Daylight looks at the modern world with classic Selecter energy, wit and danceability.
“Still knocking out righteous tunes after all these years” VIVE LE ROCK