Bluesfest Touring

The Specials

The Specials - Adelaide
Thebarton, Adelaide
Tue 03 Apr 2012 - 12:00am to 01:00am
The Specials - Melbourne
The Palace, Melbourne
Thu 05 Apr 2012 - 12:00am to 01:00am
The Specials - Sydney
Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Sat 07 Apr 2012 - 12:00am to 01:00am
The Specials - Auckland
Auckland (NZ) Shed 10, Queens Wharf
Tue 10 Apr 2012 - 01:00am to 02:00am


"It floated on a tide of what was going on in society. If you think of songs that are expressly political like Robert Wyatt's Shipbuilding, did its political content keep it from getting to the top of the charts and did Ghost Town sneak up there because it wasn't overtly political? What's being expressed in that song? Nothing's happening, everything's going down the pan, it's that classic no future, nihilistic punk thing. Ghost Town might well have been the only punk number one." Billy Bragg on The Specials' Ghost Town

In 1981, Britain was in a state of crisis; unemployment was rife and the racially diverse inner cities were revolting against systematic ghettoisation at the hands of a Tory government. It was into this arena that The Specials released their doom-laden single, Ghost Town. A song that resonated so acutely with the youth of the day that it became THE anthem of urban decay and a future lost under Thatcher's rule.

Thirty years later, with Thatcher on her deathbed and the inner cites of England once more ablaze, The Specials' music has never sounded more vital.

Returning to Australia in April 2012, The Specials will start at Adelaide's Thebarton Theatre onTuesday 3rd April, then heads to the Palace Theatre inMelbourne on Thursday 5th April before heading toByron Bay for an appearance at Bluesfest on Friday 6th April then at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on Saturday 7 th April before finishing up in NZ with a performance at Shed 10, Queens Wharf in Auckland on Tuesday 10th April.

Forming in Coventry, on the outskirts of Birmingham, these ska revivalists took their danceable rocksteady beats with the energy and attitude of the punk era of the late 1970s in which they began, and combined them with an informed political and social stance. It was this genius juxtaposition of feverish ska rhythms and downtrodden melancholic melodies and lyrics that told a story of a generation who had been deemed surplus to requirements by their government.

Three decades on, in April 2009, when The Specials kicked off their sold out 30th Anniversary tour in the UK, nobody could have realised just how incredible these live shows would be, and the utterly amazing reaction of fans around the world. The audiences were packed with music lovers who had waited since 1981 to revisit this stunning band alongside Specials 'virgins' who had never had the chance to see them live. When the curtains dropped and Terry Hall, Lynyal Golding, Neville Staple, Roddy Byers, Horace Panter and John Bradbury exploded on stage to 'Do The Dog,' dancehalls across the country erupted with new and old stomping as if their lives depended on it. 2012 sees a new show from the band, but expect all the classics we know and love.

Don't miss The Specials' return to Australia this April.