The Specials - 'Encore'

New LP and 40th Anniversary Tour

Wednesday 31st October 2018

2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of The Specials and the legendary 2-Tone label in Coventry. It also marks ten years since the band's acclaimed reformation and the numerous world tours that have followed.

The 10-song LP, fittingly titled 'Encore', represents the first new music that Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter have recorded together since 1981's UK number one single 'Ghost Town'.

The new album was produced by The Specials' founding members Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter alongside Nikolaj Torp Larsen, who will be familiar to fans as the band's keyboardist on recent tours.

Those who have already heard the new material have praised the mix of new songs and reinventions of existing classics. In the true Specials ethos, the new material promises to tackle the current social climate. Guest contributions reportedly include vocals form Saffiyah Khan, the protester who was famously photographed in April 2017 standing up to the EDL while wearing a Specials T-shirt. Elsewhere on the album a rework of Fun Boy Three's 'The Lunatics (Have Taken over the Asylum)' is sure to please fans, and a cover of The Equals 'Black Skinned Blue Eyed Boys' should leave no doubt about where The Specials are coming from.

The Specials - 'A Message To You Rudy' live in London, December 2016

The Specials 40th Anniversary Tour dates 2019

29 / Cologne E Werk
30 / Brussels Ancienne Belgique

02 / Hamburg Grosse Freiheit
03 / Berlin Columbiahalle
05 / Amsterdam Paradiso
08 / Paris La Cigale
11 / Dublin Olympia Theatre
15 / Bournemouth O2 Academy
16 / Portsmouth Guildhall
17 / Brighton Dome
19 / Plymouth Pavilions
20 / Exeter Great Hall
21 / Cardiff Uni Great Hall
23 / Blackburn King George's Hall
24 / Leicester De Montfort Hall
26 / Birmingham O2 Academy
27 / Liverpool Olympia
28 / Manchester Academy
30 / Leeds O2 Academy

01 / Carlisle Sands Centre
02 / Glasgow Barrowlands
04 / Newcastle 02 Academy
05 / Middlesbrough Town Hall
06 / Scarborough Spa Grand Hall
08 / Scunthorpe The Baths Hall
09 / York Barbican
10 / Sheffield O2 Academy
12 / Cambridge Corn Exchange
13 / Southend Cliff Pavilion
14 / Margate Winter Gardens
16 / London O2 Academy Brixton

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