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The Crooked Beat are a six-piece collective based on the South coast of the United Kingdom.

Comprising members and ex-members of some of the Southampton scene's leading lights The Crooked Beat first came together in 2011 to produce an intense and varied live set blending reggae, dub and psych-rock.

Now the first recordings have been released - the eerily melodic 'It Must Be Tough Being A Ghost' and the hard-hitting 'Politicians'. Both tracks can be downloaded for free from the Music page.

Keep checking the site for live news, new music and videos.

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NEWS - 20/07/2013

Not long till we play at One Love Festival - the line up looks fantastic and we can't wait to be a part of it alongside U-Roy, Black Uhuru and many others.

We've got some reduced price tickets if you're interested - send an email to for further details.

NEWS - 25/05/2013

Festival season is here and we've got a couple of great gigs coming up - The Crooked Beat will be playing at Ejector Seat Arts Festival in Southampton on 8th June and One Love Festival in Upminster on 18th August.

Full details are on the Live page.

NEWS - 18/02/2013

Check out the brand new video for 'It Must Be Tough Being A Ghost':

NEWS - 23/01/2013

The first Crooked Beat gig of 2013 has been confirmed - we will be playing at Talking Heads in Portswood on Friday 15th February.

This is a Headsessions night featuring the best local reggae/dub Djs and artists plus great food from Boycey's Wood Fired Pizza.

Entry is only £3 in advance or £5 on the door - send us an email to get hold of some tickets.

NEWS - 15/10/2012

The first Crooked Beat tracks are now available for download!

'It Must Be Tough Being A Ghost' and 'Politicians' were recorded at the Dugout Studio and various home studios and were mixed and mastered at Re:Creation Studio.

Both tracks are available for free download from the Music page or from our Bandcamp page.

If you would prefer a CD then send your address to and we will put one in the post for you.

NEWS - 01/10/2012

New gigs confirmed! The Crooked Beat will be playing the Oxjam Takeover at the Art House on Saturday 20th October and at the Joiners Arms on 25th November supporting Gentleman's Dub Club.

Full details on both gigs is on the Live page.

NEWS - 13/06/2012

The Crooked Beat have been confirmed to play the MintSouth birthday bash at Eastleigh Enliven Festival.

This takes place on Saturday 7th July 2012 between 11am-6pm, entry is completely free and The Crooked Beat should be hitting the bandstand at about 4pm.

Further details on the Live page.

NEWS - 15/05/2012

The Ejector Seat Arts Festival has been moved to Saturday 25th August 2012.

Unfortunately it looks like this means that The Crooked Beat will no longer be able to play.

NEWS - 01/05/2012

The Crooked Beat have been confirmed for the Ejector Seat Arts Festival, taking place on Saturday 02nd June 2012 in Palmerston Park in Southampton.

This will be a full band show somewhen in the afternoon, further details as we have them.

In the meantime check out the Ejector Seat website here.

NEWS - 22/04/2012

The Crooked Beat will be DJing this Friday at Harbour Lights cinema in Southampton, to mark the first showing of 'Marley', a new documentary about the life and work of Bob Marley

Full details to follow - you can view the trailer here

NEWS - 09/04/2012

Coming up this month we have a DJ slot supporting dub legend Mad Professor and a full band

show at Lennon’s in Southampton:

Saturday 21st April 2012 - DJ Set at the Soul Cellar, Southampton supporting Mad Professor

tickets are available here

Saturday 28th April 2012 - Psychedelia presents:  Hoodlums and The Crooked Beat at Lennon’s Nightclub, Southampton