After a gap, the Beat goes on for singer: Aidin Vaziri | The English Beat may have marked its 30th anniversary two years ago, but Wakeling says the group feels more popular now than ever. People have even been asking for new music at the shows, making him consider releasing a new album next year. “Of all the things you would never dream it,” Wakeling says. “When a couple comes up to you at the end of the show and says they met at college, listened to your songs and that various songs and lyrics have helped them get through life’s ups and downs. When they tell you that, you feel stunned. That’s been happening a lot more recently.” Read more.