22nd Feb, 2019

BREAKING: The Specials add third show at Coventry cathedral ruins after tickets sell out within minutes

Editorial Correspondent 8th Feb, 2019 Updated: 8th Feb, 2019

A THIRD gig for The Specials at Coventry Cathedral ruins has been added after tickets sold out this morning within minutes of going on sale.

Agent TicketWeb UK announced the news on social media this morning, adding the third show was ‘added due to phenomenal demand’.

TicketWeb tweeted: “A third date for @thespecials live in #Coventry has been added due to huge demand.”

The venue holds around 1.500 people.

It comes as the band’s first studio album of new material in nearly four decades – to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 2-Tone label – is vying to be number one in the album charts.

The third date at the iconic venue for Coventry’s greatest ever band is on July 12, to make a consecutive run of three nights.

The Coventry dates were announced this week to add to previously announced a UK and European tour without Coventry dates/

Coventry is leading the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the formation of The Specials and the legendary 2-Tone record label in the city in 1979.

It is also 10 years since the band reformed and played a selection of city shows harking back to the glory years of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The historic outdoor venue is a coup for the city and the band in the run up to Coventry City of Culture 2021.

The Specials appeared at the cathedral earlier this week to announce the first two dates and host photoshoots.

Only three of the original seven members remain – lead vocalist Terry Hall, bassist Horace Panter and vocalist and guitarist Lynval Golding. They are supported by long-time Specials keyboardist Nikolaj Torp Larsen.

Back in the day, The Specials had seven hit singles including two number ones and two hit albums as well as several sell-out tours.

Their 10 new songs on the album include the traditional 2-Tone fusion of ska, reggae and punk – with commentary on contemporary issues such as political apathy and distrust of the ruling classes.

The band is famed for describing the state of the divided nation through the Thatcher years in the 1980s, especially with number one single Ghost Town.

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