The Specials take to the road during November and December. Don’t miss the ska legends perform their hits such as A Message To You Rudy and Too Much Too Young.
The Specials 2016 tour
Updated: 23 February 2016
Ska legends, The Specials will head out on a tour of the UK during October, which will end with two gigs in London.
The group – who formed in Coventry during the 70s – will play fourteen concerts up and down the UK throughout October and November.
Starting their tour in Sheffield on 22 October, The Specials will play shows in Scunthorpe, Glasgow, Blackpool, Liverpool, Llandudno, Wolverhampton, Exeter, Southampton, Reading, Cambridge and Southend-on-Sea. The tour will come to a massive end with two concerts in London on 15 and 16 November at The Troxy.
With hits such as A Message To Rudy, Too Much Too Young and Ghost Town, The Specials are one of the UK’s most successful ska bands. Find your tickets to see the legendary group below.
About The Specials
The Specials, who formed in Coventry in 1977, were a huge factor in the Ska revival and are known for their political and social stance on issues of race and unemployment.
The band, formed by songwriter/keyboardist Jerry Dammers, vocalist Tim Strickland (who was soon replaced by Terry Hall) guitarist/vocalist Lynval Golding, drummer Silverton Hutchinson and bassist Horace Panter, was originally named Coventry Automatics.
They changed the name to The Special AKA when Neville Staple, vocals, and guitarist Roddy Byers joined the band. They first attracted major attention when they opened for The Clash during their On Parole tour.
In 1979, John Bradbury replaced the previous drummer and Jerry Dammers then went on to form the label, 2 Tone, with the name representing the multiracial attitude.
They changed the band name again, this time to The Specials, and released their debut album The Specials in 1979. Their follow-up, More Specials, came the following year in 1980. The albums contain their most notable songs: Too Much Too Young, Rat Race and A Message to You, Rudy.
Between 1979 and 1981, The Specials landed seven consecutive top ten singles including Ghost Town, which went to No.1 and focused on the political issues of the time. However, Staple, Golding and Hall left The Specials to form Fun Boy Three and in 1984 The Specials were disbanded by Jerry Dammers.
In 1993, they reformed with a different line-up, minus Jerry Dammers, and enjoyed their 30th anniversary in 2012 with the release of the compilation album More…Or Less The Specials Live.