The Specials Tonight is crackling in the O2 in Sheffield, positively crackling. The Specials are here for a sell out date on their Encore 40th Anniversary Tour and by the looks of it every Tyke that has ever been a fan (that’s a Yorkshireman for those not in the know) is out in force… and then some.


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The Beat The Selecter and The Beat, two of the best bands from the Ska and reggae scene of the late 70s and 80s brought their double headliner show to the Old Granada Studios in Manchester on Saturday night.


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The Specials Forming in Coventry in 1977, these guys were a legendary part of the 2 Tone and ska scene if the time. Truly dance-able with lyrics of a political and social stance, they broke with tracks such as 'Too Much Too Young' and the unemployment themed spooky 'Ghost Town' - a track that hit the top spot in the UK charts. In two years they shone brightly, with seven UK top ten singles, before three members left to form Fun Boy Three, with the rest continuing on as the Special AKA. In 2008, they reformed and have been touring ever since. Welcome to Wolverhampton tonight - The Specials.


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Godiva-thumb Godiva Festival Godiva Festival, now in its 18th year, takes place at Coventry War Memorial Park and is a Council run, free festival. Godiva played host this weekend to a record breaking audience of around 148,000 visitors (up 7000 on 2015) for three days of live music, dance, street theatre, comedy and disco as well as a host of family activities including craft stalls, funfair and lots more besides.


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The Specials Album Review So The Specials are about to re-releasing a trio of albums, just to remind us all exactly how great they were. Their take on life, their political overview is indeed a musical historical sign of that specific moment in time. This trio of double CDs’ featuring  'Specials', ‘More Specials’, ‘Rarities By The Special AKA’ plus ‘In The Studio (Special Edition)’, is a set of remastered and expanded releases from the Specials and the Special AKA. A  total a massive 75 tracks by the 2-Tone heroes.


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The Specials Thursday night, Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, it must be The Specials. It's cold outside, but inside The Civic, the crowd are warming up nicely for an evening of classic Two-Tone from The Specials and some Dancing with The Rude Boys.


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The Levellers Anticipation was high for this one. The 4th time of seeing The Levellers and they’d only let me down once, V99 when they inexplicably played a mid-afternoon slot to a crowd steel reeling from Mel C (‘I am an antichrist, I am a Sporty Spice’) and their set was cut short on the instructions of headliners Manic Street Preachers. Far outweighing this was a Brid Spa gig in ’95 that is still talked about amongst my fellow gig goers that night and a storming headline slot at this year’s Galtres Festival.


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The Specials The Specials are back in Wolverhampton. The pioneering two-tone band reformed in 2008 and played Wolverhampton in 2009. They must have liked their reception because now they’re now back again for a two night run in the city (whoops, nearly called it a town!) and I am privileged to be at the first gig! Tonight you get really great value for money too, with a lengthy set from headliners, the Specials, plus two excellent support bands which blend well with the style of The Specials.


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