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Tickets on sale for big SPECIALS UK tour

2Tone ska band THE SPECIALS will tour the UK throughout October and November this year.

At the end of last year original SPECIALS drummer John Bradbury passed away just months after trombonist Rico Rodriguez died.

Upcoming ‘Hall Or Nothing’ dates now include:



SPECIALS bassist HORACE PANTER brings his all-star UPTOWN SKA COLLECTIVE to Devon for a rare visit.

The show takes place on 28 May at the New Hall in Tiverton with tickets priced at £15 in advance.


Redcar Ska Festival line-up heats up

2Tone ska singer TERRY HALL of THE SPECIALS is set to DJ on the first night of Redcar Ska Festival this April.

The charity fundraising event, in aid of the Specialized Project, takes place at Coatham Memorial Hall in Redcar on 22-23 April.


John Bradbury of THE SPECIALS passes away

Drummer John “Brad” Bradbury of classic 2Tone ska band THE SPECIALS has passed away at the age of 62.

Bradbury joined THE SPECIALS in 1979 and played with the band up until his death.

The Coventry band tweeted the news: “It is with deep regret that we say goodbye to our great friend, the world's greatest drummer, our beloved Brad. RIP.”


RICO RODRIGUEZ passes away

Legendary trombonist RICO RODRIGUEZ has passed away at the age of 80 following a short illness in a hospital.

THE SPECIALS announced his death on Twitter yesterday:


THE SPECIALS to play Mouth Of The Tyne 2015

British ska legends THE SPECIALS have been announced as a headline act for the 2015 Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

The show takes place on 11 July 2015 and tickets are now on sale priced at £40 plus fees.


UB40 and THE SPECIALS for Kew The Music

British bands UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey, and THE SPECIALS are among the headline acts revealed for next year’s Kew The Music concert series.

The dates are:


JERRY DAMMERS wins Ivor Novello award

Coventry’s JERRY DAMMERS, founding member of THE SPECIALS and the 2Tone label, has been given an ‘Inspiration Award’ at the 59th Ivor Novello Awards in London.

Former CLASH guitarist Mick Jones presented Dammers with his award and described him as “the Tsar of Ska”.

Dammers said the idea of protest music was still thriving.


Top ska acts added to Coventry’s Godiva Festival

Two founding members of THE SPECIALS - NEVILLE STAPLE and HORACE PANTER - are among the latest additions to the Godiva Festival in Coventry.

The free festival takes place on 4-6 July at the War Memorial Park in the West Midlands.


Live review: THE ENGLISH BEAT in Bristol

2 Tone ska revivalists THE ENGLISH BEAT finally made it to Bristol last week for a rare performance at the O2 Academy.

Despite their US focus these days, it’s clear from the decent turnout that original lead singer Dave Wakeling and his Californian band remain a top draw on the live ska circuit.


THE SPECIALS add five more dates to UK tour

Coventry ska stars THE SPECIALS have added five more dates to their upcoming UK tour after a number of the initially announced shows sold out.

The additional UK shows are:


THE SPECIALS reveal autumn UK tour dates

2Tone ska stalwarts THE SPECIALS will be hitting the road across the UK this November including two shows at London's Roundhouse.

The 10-date UK tour, which sees the Coventry band celebrate five years since they first reformed, includes the following shows:


THE SPECIALS reveal May 2013 UK tour dates

2Tone ska legends THE SPECIALS have announced plans for a 10-date tour of the UK in May next year.

The run of dates kicks off at Glasgow Barrowland on 10 May and finishes up at London's O2 Academy Brixton on 28 May.

Frontman Terry Hall had claimed that he no longer wanted to play live shows with THE SPECIALS and indicated that their 2011 show at London Alexandra Palace would be their last.


New additions to London Intl Ska Fest: FREDDIE NOTES, LYNVAL GOLDING, RHODA DAKAR & more

More artists have been revealed for the 2013 London International Ska Festival including FREDDIE NOTES, LYNVAL GOLDING and RHODA DAKAR.

The event is heating up to be one of the most exciting festivals of 2013, and features new additions to the line-up such as MAROON TOWN, BUSTER SHUFFLE, CELLOS COAST TO COAST and SKYLARKIN SOUND SYSTEM.


DON LETTS and TERRY HALL lined up for Fred Perry show

Fred Perry Sub-Sonic Live is putting on a show celebrating 60 years of the brand including DJ performances from DON LETTS and THE SPECIALS frontman TERRY HALL.

Letts and Hall join NORMAN JAY, THE CHARLATANS and KEEL HER at the Garage in London on 26 September (9pm- 2:30am).



The people of Bristol turned out in their thousands for the 10th annual VegFest over the weekend, helped by the heatwave weather, free entry and top headline reggae acts.

Original rude boy NEVILLE STAPLE from 2Tone ska band THE SPECIALS topped the bill on Friday night and in spite of a crackling vocal microphone throughout, he delivered the goods.


London gets ready for International Ska Festival 2012: DANDY LIVINGSTONE comeback show!

The London International Ska Festival returns to the capital this weekend and features 40 top ska acts from around the world.

Among the many highlights of the bank holiday weekend (3-6 May), DANDY LIVINGSTONE is set to play his world exclusive comeback show after 40 years on 4 May at the O2 Academy Islington.


THE SPECIALS live in Cheltenham: fan-filmed video available

British ska band THE SPECIALS performed a long-overdue gig in Gloucestershire last night as part of a 15-date tour of the UK. Fan-filmed footage of “Monkey Man” can be seen below.

The Coventry band reformed in 2009 and had, up until now, kept fans in the West waiting more than 30 years for a local show.

The gig took place at Cheltenham Racecourse and was also something of a homecoming for guitarist Lynval Golding who grew up in Gloucester.


THE SPECIALS kick off UK tour

British 2 Tone ska band THE SPECIALS have kicked off a 15-date tour of the UK in what many fear will be their last ever.

Support at all the shows comes from ska/reggae band BY THE RIVERS.

THE SPECIALS 2011 line-up includes the following original band members: