Tag Archives: The Specials

The Specials + The Tuts @ O2 Academy, 26th April 2019

In celebration of 40 years since Coventry legends The Specials founded the 2-Tone genre by splicing Jamaican ska with British new wave, the band are back in the West Midlands as part of an extensive tour following the release of their chart-topping comeback album ‘Encore’ last year. Having gone through a number of line-up changes […]

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The Specials @ Wolverhampton Civic Hall – 9th November 2009

Like buses, you wait 30 years for a Specials gig, and then two come one after the other in quick succession. I find myself in the enviable position of witnessing the two best gigs of the decade by the same band within 6 months. The last time was their homecoming concert at the Ricoh Arena, […]

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The Specials + The Ripps @ The Ricoh Arena, Coventry – 15th May 2009

It would be fair to say that grown men will only willingly dance on two occasions: at weddings is one, where their normal high level of self-awareness is snatched away.. and the other occasion? At Specials gigs when the infectious, continuous groove becomes so irresistible that even Jerry Dammers himself could not contain himself (however, […]

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The Specials @ Birmingham Academy – 26th April 2009

Economically speaking, there isn’t really a better time for The Specials to have re-appeared on the scene.  Britain at the tail end of the 1970s wasn’t yet a country awash with selfish, debt-ridden arseholes, but it’s fair to say that the credit card was certainly in the post by that stage. It’s somehow fitting, then, […]

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Help needed regarding the forthcoming official documentary about Norwegian band JR Ewing

Do you remember punk/hardcore band JR Ewing?  An official documentary is being worked on and the filmakers are looking for […]

Killing Joke @ KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton 8 August, 2019

30 years is a buggeringly long time for any musical act to keep itself from splitting or killing each other. […]

Lime Cordiale @O2 Academy, 31 July 2019

Coming all the way from Sydney, Lime Cordiale took a break from the non-stop touring around Australia and New Zealand. […]

Inner City Live with Doves + Johnny Marr + The Coral + The Twang

Half way through Doves’ set at Inner City Live, Jimi Goodwin surveyed the soggy crowd in front of him and […]

Inner City Live with DOVES and Johnny Marr 28th July 2019

DOVES are playing at Perry Park this Sunday (28th July) with Johnny Marr, The Coral  and The Twang in support for Innercity Live! One […]

LiveLoudCov Summer Showcase @ Square One, Coventry 20 July, 2019

On Friday July 20th, Square One opened its doors to six up-and-coming Midlands-based bands as LiveLoudCov put on their second […]