Latest line-up additions for The Specials’ Hatfield concert
More acts have been added to the line-up of The Specials’ concert in Hatfield this May.
Ska revival band The Specials and reggae heroes Toots & The Maytals will play a joint show at the University of Hertfordshire’s Forum in Hatfield on Sunday, May 28.
And organisers today (Wednesday) confirmed the support acts for the Hatfield show, and two earlier dates over the same weekend in Birmingham and Leeds.
Joining the line-up at all three gigs for the biggest ska party of the summer will be reggae infused ska-rock band Bedouin Soundclash, and DJ Matt McManamon, of The Dead 60s fame.
Returning from their 2012 hiatus, ska-rock outfit Bedouin Soundclash will be bringing award-winning and infectious melodies to warm-up Birmingham, Leeds and Hatfield for the May Bank Holiday ska extravaganza.
On supporting The Specials and Toots & The Maytals, Bedouin Soundclash said: “Both Toots and The Maytals and The Specials have had such a huge impact on us musically.
“They are musical royalty. After a five-year hiatus, it’s an honour, a privilege, and a pleasure to be invited to share the stage with these legends of culture.”
Since the release of their breakthrough album Sounding a Mosaic, produced by Darryl Jenifer of legendary hardcore punk band Bad Brains, lead singer Jay Malinowski and bassist Eon Sinclair have enjoyed success with the album’s lead single, When The Night Feels My Song.
Bedouin Soundclash have since supported and appeared alongside diverse acts such as No Doubt, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Damian Marley, Paramore and many more, making them the perfect openers for this summer’s rousing showcase of ska and reggae.
Completing the ska party will be Matt McManamon, frontman of the recently reformed Liverpool legends The Dead 60s.
Well-versed in the needs of ska and reggae fans alike, he will be bringing matchless mixes of dub infused ska and the coolest punk sounds to the decks to entertain audiences at Birmingham, Leeds and Hatfield over the entire weekend.
Of the gigs, The Specials’ Terry Hall said: “In all this time, we have never been fortunate enough to play on the same stage as Toots & The Maytals. What a great bill – I’m definitely there.”
Toots & The Maytals’ Toots Hibbert added: “It is very special for me to be playing with The Specials as we’ve never shared a stage together before.”
Promoted by the organisers of the Slam Dunk Festival, The Specials and Toots & The Maytals will play Birmingham’s Genting Arena Lakeside on Friday, May 26, Leeds Millennium Square on Saturday, May 27 and Hatfield’s The Forum on Sunday, May 28.
Touring pop-punk, ska punk, metal and alternative rock festival Slam Dunk will take place at each of the venues the day after The Specials’ concert.