The Specials added to Bedford Park Concerts’ summer 2022 line up

One of the most influential British bands, the Specials, are the latest name to be announced as part of this summer’s Bedford Park Concerts.

Founded in 1977, the Specials were at the forefront of the 2 Tone movement, bringing ska to a wide audience.

They will be performing at Bedford Park on Friday 3 June and tickets go on pre-sale at 10am on Tuesday 25 January, with general sale tickets going live at 10am on Thursday 27 January.

An exhilarating live act, ‘the Specials’ are a band embedded in this country’s DNA. It is impossible to envisage the musical landscape without them, from the startling, angular Gangsters in 1979 to their swan song, the epoch-making Ghost Town in 1981. They infused ska with punk, homegrown political anxiety with wider issues.

The band changed the face of UK music in the 1980s with seven successive top 10 singles between 1979 & 1981 including number one hits like ‘Too Much Too Young’ & ‘Ghost Town’.

The band reformed in 1993 and have been wowing fans – old and young – across the world on the live circuit ever since.

In 2019, the band released Encore, their first studio album in 18 years to widespread critical acclaim, giving the band their first-ever number one album. Last year the band released their new album ‘Protest Songs- 1924 – 2012’, it charted at no 2 and features twelve singular takes on specially chosen protest songs across an almost 100-year span and shows the Specials still care and they are still protesting.

The genius of the Specials is that they are observers, not commentators and they know what pop music is.

Tickets priced at £45.00 and will be available at bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk, thespecials.com and on Facbook here.

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