Two-Tone Legends The Specials To Headline Splendour July 18 2015

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Hot on the heels of two sold out shows at Rock City last year, The Specials will be bringing their infectious blend of two-tone Jamaican ska and punk energy to the main stage at Splendour for the first time.

For those who missed out getting their hands on tickets for the fast selling shows last November and for all those who want to get their skank on again, Saturday 18th July 2015 will be another chance to see the band renowned for the energy of their live performance, but this time in the beautiful setting of Wollaton Park. Widely credited with changing the face of pop in the late 70s, The Specials reformed in 2008 and have gone on to tour the world, playing to bigger audiences than ever before.

This summer the 20,000 Splendour Festival crowd can enjoy the two-tone revival with hits such as A Message to you Rudy, Too Much Too Young and Ghost Town sure to feature in the headlining set.

George Akins, DHP Family, who invited The Specials to headline Splendour after watching their two fantastic shows at Rock City, said: “Although the band were only around for a short time in their heyday, nearly every one of their songs from their debut album has rightly become a classic over the intervening decades. I know they will go down a storm at Splendour as they still sound as vital and relevant today as they did when they burst onto the scene in 1979.”

Promoter DHP Family will be announcing further acts for the three stages in the coming weeks and months that will appeal to audiences both young and old, pop and indie fans alike. Already promised is an even bigger and better entertainment offering with fringe acts and a new expanded children’s entertainment area helping to deliver one of the city’s biggest and best family days out.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council, said: “The Specials are a great headline act for our popular family festival, Splendour. It’s a great day out, in a wonderful location, with brilliant music and a fantastic atmosphere. We’re proud to be able to continue to offer discounts to Nottingham city residents, and to offer free entry to children 10 and under. We’re really pleased to be able to work with our partners DHP to put on such a good show for Nottingham.

“With the comedy stage and expanded kids’ and funfair area for 2015, it will be a really fun family day out.”

Tickets for Splendour are on sale from 9am Friday 13 February starting at £20 for 11-17 and £34 for adults with a citycard. Children 10 and under go free. Available from

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