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The Very Specials

Whether you jumped around to the sound of 2-Tone pioneers ‘The Specials’ in the Eighties, or are a recent convert via their amazing 30th anniversary Dublin Olympia gigs in the summer of ’09, Dublin-based tribute band The Very Specials provide the perfect opportunity to relive the ultimate Specials experience.

Consisting of the cream of the burgeoning Dublin Ska scene, ‘The Very Specials’ play Ska as it should be played, with calypso beats and walking bass complementing jazz and blues inflected guitars. Add to this the socially aware vocals, Fred Perry T-Shirts and Pork Pie hats, this 8-piece besuited combo effortlessly bridge the decades since Joe Strummer introduced ‘The Specials’ to the oppressed youth of Thatcher’s Britain. All the hits are there (‘Gangsters’, ‘Too Much, Too Young’, ‘A Message to You, Rudy’, ‘Monkey Man’, ‘Rat Race’, ‘Man at C & A’), as are the countless gems found scattered throughout their studio albums.

The band since setting up early 2010 have played Nationwide, abroad and numerous summer festivals. The majority of the bands line up have shared the stage with Bad Manners, Madness, Imelda May, Horace Andy and many more.

Live footage from the bands Button Factory show led The Specials guitarist (and one of the founding members) Roddy Radiation to email the band saying….’even better than the real thing…’

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