The Specials announce first UK shows with Toots and the Maytals

The Specials have announced they’ll be sharing the stage with reggae heroes Toots and the Maytals for three very special UK shows.

The shows will take place between May 26 and 28, and will see the two bands play Birmingham, Leeds and Hatfield. Full details are below.

Speaking about the gigs, The Specials’ Terry Hall says, “In all this time, we have never been fortunate enough to play on the same stage as Toots & The Maytals. What a great bill – I’m definitely there!!”

Fusing ska music with a punk rock attitude, The Specials have been around since the times of mass unemployment and social unrest back in the 70s and 80s. Back in a time where Coventry was known better for it being a ‘Ghost Town’ as penned by The Specials, rather than its Two Tone, they pioneered the movement with tracks like ‘Two Much Too Young’ and ‘Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think)’.

Having covered one of Toots and the Maytal’s songs, ‘Monkey Man’, who else would be better to add to the lineup? Their loyalty to reggae and Jamaica saw them release hits that became anthems such as ‘Pressure Drop’ and ‘Sweet And Dandy’, which influenced the ska explosion The Specials helped happen.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Wednesday (November 16).

The Specials will play:

26 – Birmingham, NEC
27 – Leeds, Millennium Square
28 – Hatfield, The Forum