The Specials confirm 2021 Brighton date

The veteran ska-punk band The Specials have announced they will play dates across the UK next August and September, culminating in two nights at London's Roundhouse.

Tuesday, 8th September 2020, 7:47 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th September 2020, 7:52 am
The Specials

Among the gigs will be the Brighton Centre on Saturday 4th September 2021.

Tickets go on sale Friday 11th September at 10am.

Brighton Centre Box Office: 0844 8471515 /

Spokeswoman Kelly Bennaton said: “Following the release of their eighth studio album Encore last year to critical acclaim, the band comprised of Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter, hit the road again. Influential, important and exhilarating live, they 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.

“Formed in Coventry in 1977, the trend-starting ska revival band hit the British music scene hard. In the UK their debut single Gangsters shot to number six and every subsequent single was a top 10 hit, including two number one hits - Too Much Too Young and the much loved Ghost Town, which won ‘Single of the Year 1981’ in NME, Melody Maker and Sounds.

“Encore was the band’s first new studio album in more than 38 years and was revered by critics and fans alike, cementing their legendary status in the music scene and continuing to inspire the next generation of politically motivated acts.”

Their UK tour will see them play shows in Scotland, Wales and England. The full list of dates is as follows.


31 August – Swindon Oasis Centre

02 September – Plymouth Pavilions

03 September – Bournemouth Windsor Hall

04 September – Brighton Centre

06 September – Glasgow Barrowland

07 September – Edinburgh Usher Hall

09 September – Manchester O2 Victoria Warehouse

10 September – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

11 September – Coventry Ricoh Arena

13 September – Hull Bonus Arena

14 September – Blackpool Empress Ballroom

16 September – Birmingham O2 Academy

17 September – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena

18 September – Doncaster The Dome

23 September – London Roundhouse

24 September – London Roundhouse