On Friday 19 July, ska pioneers The Specials kick off Harbour Festival weekend with their rock-steady beats and rude boys styles as part of their 40th anniversary tour.
The outdoor concerts form part of the Colston Hall Presents programme, which sees Bristol’s foremost concert venue programming in the city’s independent venues and unique spaces while Colston Hall undergoes its £48.8 million transformation.
2019 marks 40 years since The Specials combined an infectious mix of danceable ska and punk attitudes, with a focused and informed political message. After a string of top 10 singles between ’79 and ’81 The Specials disbanded before reforming in 2009. Last year the group announced a 2019 UK tour to celebrate the release of their imminent new album, ‘Encore’ which will be released on Friday 1 February as tickets for their Harbourside gig go on sale.
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