In August I spent 4 days in a Bed and Breakfast in Staffordshire, which I was using as a base while attending a nearby festival. Over breakfast one morning, one of the other residents mentioned that he DJ'd at a variety of events. He went on to say that regardless of whether he was playing for a thrash metal crowd, a Northern Soul audience or at a family wedding, the most sure-fire way to get a dancefloor jumping is to drop a Ska tune or two. Further evidence of the inhibition-losing qualities of Ska was given last Thursday at The Open in Norwich by the current heavyweight champions of the genre, The Selecter.
Legendary 2-Tone artists, The Selecter, are to embark on a 16-date UK tour throughout November and December, in support of their recently released new studio album, 'Subculture' starting at OPEN in Norwich on Thursday 19th November.
Led as always by the iconic singer, author and broadcaster Pauline Black, The Selecter will be performing a selection of tracks from Subculture - including recent single 'Walk The Walk', for which they made this brilliant, visually arresting fashion-led video: https://youtu.be/9m7V7DMrOUc - alongside all the classics and live favourites including ‘Three Minute Hero’, ‘Too Much Pressure’ and ‘On My Radio’.
On Friday 24th October, over 75 people making up 11 teams took part in a quiz 'n' chips fundraising evening in aid of the SOS Bus and OPEN Youth Trust and raised over £1,000.
The SOS Bus was set up in 2001, following the death of two teenagers on Riverside and has been helping anyone who may need their services since then.