Ska-punk legends The Specials will perform in Hull next year.
The band who had seven hit singles, including two number ones, two hit albums and sell-out tours, will come to Hull on 13 September 2021 and perform at The Bonus Arena. Tickets for the gig will go on sale on this Friday at 10am – available from Ticketmaster.
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.
They were everywhere; on Top of the Pops, Radio One, nightclubs and school discos. At the time, the nation could not have seemed more polarised: far right youth cults, violence on the streets, conservative government.
The genius of the Specials is their innate understanding. The skill of re-contextualising what has gone before – from Monkey Man to Blam Blam Fever – and writing new songs that fuse this heritage with all that is current. Throughout the decades the Specials’ influence has never gone away.
Tickets for this standing and seated event go on sale on Friday, 11 September at 10am. They will be available online at Ticketmaster. Telephone sales are unavailable at present. Accessible tickets can also be purchased online.