Specials concert is something special in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 09:07 31 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:07 31 May 2017

The Specials at Hatfield [Picture: Peter Upton]

The Specials at Hatfield [Picture: Peter Upton]


Thousands of music fans enjoyed Sunday's Specials concert in Hatfield.

Toot and the Maytals at Hatfield [Picture: Peter Upton]Toot and the Maytals at Hatfield [Picture: Peter Upton]

The ska revival band and 2 Tone legends from Coventry played an open-air concert at the University of Hertfordshire’s College Lane Campus.

Famous for number one hits Too Much Too Young and Ghost Town, Terry Hall and Co were supported on Sunday night by Jamaican reggae icons Toots and the Maytals.

The outdoor gig took place on the same Forum Hertfordshire College Lane site as Bank Holiday Monday’s Slam Dunk Festival South.

And the Specials’ show went down a storm with gig-goers in the town.

Hatfield’s Russell Paine said: “Going to see The Specials was like reminding me of elder brother’s youth.

“Two Tone drawings, Fred Perry shirts, but most of all it was a joy to see Hatfield people come together in one place for a big party.

“A memorable occasion.”

Walking on stage to the strains of classic 1981 number one single Ghost Town, The Specials wowed the Hatfield crowd with fan favourites including Gangsters and A Message to You, Rudy as well as a cover of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song.

The band rounded off the main part of their set with number one single Too Much Too Young and Enjoy Yourself.

After the gig Barry Mingard tweeted the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “That was superb! Great set, by a great band. Really well organised too.”

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