Photo Credit Dean Chalkley

The Selecter have announced their 40th Anniversary Tour in 2019 with Special Guest and DJ Rhoda Dakar. The tour starts in Europe covering 7 countries before they head back for 20 dates in the UK & Ireland finishing at London’s o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

The Selecter will be playing an extended, hit-rich set each night with some added live favourites and surprises. They will also be joined for a few songs by vocalist Rhoda Dakar who will also play a DJ Set to open the nights.

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 – she is often referred to as the Queen of Ska. Not only a crucial figure in the music community, Black is also a published author, gifted actress and a celebrated style icon.

The anarchic passion that fuelled Selecter gigs during the original 2-Tone era is still there, except the pair 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,” “Too Much Pressure” and “On My Radio.”

The Selecter continue to release new music, charting new albums in the UK in the last couple of years, proving that 2-Tone is still as relevant and important as it was 40 years ago. In October 2017 The Selecter released studio album Daylight – their most urgent, politically engaged and purely uplifting record since the days of Too Much Pressure and Celebrate The Bullet

Rhoda Dakar’s career began as lead vocalist with all-woman 2-Tone band The Bodysnatchers who toured with The Selecter. The Bodysnatchers first single was double A-side “Let’s Do Rocksteady” with “Ruder Than You“. Rhoda also later sang and collaborated with The Specials.

2-Tone was a crucial multi-racial, multi-cultural explosion borne out of Coventry and the Midlands that remade British pop from 1979 onwards. The main bands who pioneered the movement were The Selecter, The Beat, The Specials and Madness. 2019 also sees the 40th anniversary of 2-Tone.






17           NOTTINGHAM Rock City

18           LEEDS Stylus

19           GLASGOW QMU

20           NEWCASTLE Boiler Shop

22           NORTHAMPTON Roadmender

23           CARDIFF Tramshed

24           BRISTOL o2 Academy

25           MANCHESTER o2 Ritz

26           BIRMINGHAM o2 Institute


01           BELFAST The Limelight

02           DUBLIN Academy (EIRE)

14           GUILDFORD G Live

15           BURY ST EDMUNDS The Apex

16           MARGATE Hall by the Sea

17           LINCOLN Engine Shed

19           CHELTENHAM Town Hall

20           FALMOUTH Princess Pavilion

21           BEXHILL De La Warr Pavilion

22           BOURNEMOUTH o2 Academy

23           LONDON o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

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