The Specials announce new album and 2019 tour dates

Legendary two-tone outfit The Specials have announced a new album and tour to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

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Remaining members Terry Hall, Horace Panter and Lynval Golding have unveiled the brand new album Encore is to be released on February 1, 2019. As well as these core members, the record also features tour line-up regular guitarist Steve Craddock of Ocean Colour Scene and drummer Kenrick Rowe.

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40 years since their seminal debut album which featured ska classics such as ‘A Message to You Rudy’ and ‘Ghost Town’ the new record Encore will feature one disc which not only features new material and covers of ska classic ‘Blam Blam Fever’ and The Equals ‘Black Skinned Blue-Eyed Boys’ – but also a second disc The Best of The Specials Live.

The extensive 24-date UK tour kicks off on Monday April 15th at O2 Academy, Bournemouth, stopping at O2 Academy, Birmingham on Friday April 26th and culminating at O2 Academy, Brixton on Thursday May 16th.

Tickets are on sale now. The Specials will play:

Mon 15 April – O2 Academy, Bournemouth
Tue 16 April – Guildhall, Portsmouth
Wed 17 April – Brighton Dome
Fri 19 April – Plymouth Pavilions
Sat 20 April – Great Hall, Exeter
Sun 21 April – Great Hall, Cardiff
Tue 23 April – King George’s Hall, Blackburn
Wed 24 April – De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Fri 26 April – O2 Academy Birmingham
Sat 27 April – Liverpool Olympia
Sun 28 April – Manchester Academy 1
Tue 30 April – O2 Academy, Leeds
Wed 1 May – Sands Centre, Carlisle
Thu 2 May – Barrowlands, Glasgow
Sat 4 May – O2 Academy, Newcastle
Sun 5 May – Middlesbrough Town Hall
Mon 6 May – The Spa, Scarborough
Wed 8 May – Baths Hall, Scunthorpe
Fri 9 May – York Barbican
Sat 10 May – O2 Academy, Sheffield
Sun 12 May – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Mon 13 May – Cliffs Pavilion Southend
Tue 14 May – Winter Gardens, Margate
Thu 16 May – O2 Academy, Brixton
Fri 17 May – O2 Academy, Brixton

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Maryam Snape