Friday, June 3 is a Special(s) date for UK Ska in Bedford Park


Bedford Park Concerts are delighted to announce that the headline act for Friday, June 3, in Bedford Park will be none other than the pioneers of UK Ska and one of the most influential and seminal acts in British History – ‘the Specials’.

Influential, important and exhilarating live, ‘the Specials’ are a band embedded in this country’s DNA. It is impossible to envisage the musical landscape without them, from the startling, angular Gangsters in 1979 to their swan song, the epoch-making Ghost Town in 1981. They infused ska with punk, homegrown political anxiety with wider issues.

Founded in 1977 the Specials were at the forefront of the 2 Tone movement, changing the face of UK music in the 1980s with seven successive top 10 singles between 1979 and 1981 including number one hits like ‘Too Much Too Young’ and ‘Ghost Town’. 

The band reformed in 1993 and have wowed fans across the world on the live circuit ever since. In 2019, the band released Encore, their first studio album in 18 years to widespread critical acclaim, giving the band their first ever number one album. 

Last year the band released their new album ‘Protest Songs, 1924 – 2012’, it charted at number two and features twelve singular takes on specially chosen protest songs across an almost 100-year span and shows the Specials still care and they are still protesting . The genius of the Specials is that they are observers, not commentators and they know what pop music is.

Pre-sale takes place from 10am on Tuesday, January 25, and tickets will be on general sale Thursday, January 27 at 10am.

Tickets priced at £45.00 and will be available at