Buzzcocks, The Beat, Stiff Little Fingers and The Selecter to play Birmingham in outdoor ska and punk summer spectacular

By Kirsten Rawlins | Music | Published:

Ska and punk fans are in for a treat when a festival starring The Beat, Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers and The Selecter comes to Birmingham.

The line-up

The show, organised by Slam Dunk, will see all four acts perform outdoor at the Genting Arena site in May.

The Beat is a Birmingham band, which formed in 1978. They are best known for songs such as Mirror In The Bathroom, Save It For Later and their cover of Smokey Robinson's Tears of a Clown.

Listen to The Beat's version of Tears of a Clown here:

The Beat ... Tears of a clown

Buzzcocks, meanwhile, are a punk band from Bolton which formed in 1976.

Songs they are famed for include Ever Fallen In Love, What Do I Get? and Harmony In My Head.

Listen to Ever Fallen In Love here:

The Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)


Also on the bill are punk rockers Stiff Little Fingers, who formed at the height of the Troubles in 1977.

The Belfast band are best known for songs Alternative Ulster, Suspect Device and Tin Soldiers.

See Stiff Little Fingers perform Tin Soldiers live in 1982 here:



The final act on the bill is Coventry ska revival band The Selecter, which formed in 1979.

Songs they are best known for include Three Minute Hero, On My Radio and Missing Words.

Listen to Three Minute Hero here:

The Selecter - 01 Three Minute Hero

The four acts will play the Genting Arena site on Sunday, May 27.

Tickets for the show go on sale tomorrow at midday.

For more information, or to book, click here

Kirsten Rawlins

By Kirsten Rawlins

Digital Content Manager for the Shropshire Star and Express & Star. Also reviews concerts and events, as well as writing features and celebrity interviews. E-mail me at, or phone 01952 241440.


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