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- Aug 31 2021Aug312021Find ticketsTue 19:00Oasis Leisure Centre Swindon - SwindonThe SpecialsLow Availability
- Sep 02 2021Sep022021Find ticketsThu 19:00Plymouth Pavilions - PlymouthThe SpecialsLimited Availability
- Sep 03 2021Sep032021Find ticketsFri 19:00Bournemouth International Centre - BournemouthThe SpecialsLow Availability
- Sep 04 2021Sep042021Find ticketsSat 19:00The Brighton Centre - BrightonThe Specials
- Sep 06 2021Sep062021Find ticketsMon 19:00Barrowland - GlasgowThe SpecialsLimited Availability
- Sep 07 2021Sep072021Find ticketsTue 19:00Usher Hall - EdinburghThe Specials
- Sep 09 2021Sep092021Find ticketsThu 19:00O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester - ManchesterThe Specials
- Sep 10 2021Sep102021Find ticketsFri 18:30Motorpoint Arena Cardiff - CardiffThe Specials
- Sep 11 2021Sep112021Find ticketsSat 19:00Ricoh Arena - Ericsson Indoor Arena - CoventryThe Specials
- Sep 13 2021Sep132021Find ticketsMon 18:30Bonus Arena, Hull - HullThe Specials
- Sep 14 2021Sep142021Find ticketsTue 19:00Empress Ballroom - BlackpoolThe Specials
- Sep 16 2021Sep162021Find ticketsThu 19:00O2 Academy Birmingham - BirminghamThe Specials
- Sep 17 2021Sep172021Find ticketsFri 19:00Motorpoint Arena Nottingham - NottinghamThe Specials
- Sep 18 2021Sep182021Find ticketsSat 19:00Doncaster Dome - DoncasterThe SpecialsLow Availability
- Sep 23 2021Sep232021Find ticketsThu 19:00Roundhouse - LondonThe SpecialsLimited Availability
- Sep 24 2021Sep242021Find ticketsFri 19:00Roundhouse - LondonThe SpecialsLimited Availability
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- Jul 05 2021Jul052021Find ticketsMon 19:00Trinity College - Dublin, IrelandThe Specials At Trinity Summer SeriesLow Availability
The pioneers of the 2 Tone movement
Ska revival band The Specials initially came together in 1977 in Coventry. Foregoing major record label interest, founding songwriter and keyboardist Jerry Dammers instead signed the group to his own 2 Tone label, kickstarting a movement that would fundamentally change the British musical landscape.
Their debut single Gangsters arrived in May 1979 and became a top 10 hit that summer, made even more popular when band members started donning black and white checks and mod-style suits. The next two years saw The Specials not only rack up six more big singles – including their first No.1 hit Too Much Too Young – but also release two top 10 UK albums and sell out several tours.
Shortly after recording their era-defining protest song Ghost Town, which also went straight to the top of the UK singles chart, The Specials made an appearance on Top Of The Pops and then decided to split up.
The three years that followed left the line-up in a constant state of flux, as some members left to form Fun Boy Three while new faces came onboard to continue as The Specials AKA. After the album In The Studio was released in 1984, boasting the No.9-charting single (Free) Nelson Mandela, Dammers dissolved the band.
Although there has never been a complete reunion of the original line-up, The Specials reformed for various projects and tours throughout the ’90s and early ’00s. Driven by dissatisfaction with local, national and global politics, they even released four more studio albums – 1996’s Today’s Specials, 1998’s Guilty ’Til Proved Innocent!, 2000’s Skinhead Girl and 2001’s Conquering Ruler.
In 2008, long-established members Lynval Golding, Horace Panter and Terry Hall returned and were part of a huge sold-out 30th anniversary tour in 2009.
The very same The Specials line-up also made a comeback in 2019 when they unveiled Encore, their first album of original music in 18 years, which debuted at No.1 on the UK albums chart. To celebrate it as well as the 40th anniversary of the group, the 2 Tone label and the single Gangsters, they toured North America, Europe and the UK.
In September 2020, the ska icons announced another big UK tour for August and September 2021.
The Specials have announced a UK tour from 31 August – 24 September 2021.
The Specials are playing a 16-date UK tour that stops in the following cities:
- London (for two shows)
Tickets for The Specials' 2021 tour dates are on sale now.