About the festival
Iconic ska band The Specials come to Dreamland Margate this August bank holiday weekend for a special show at the venue's very own Scenic Stage.
The Specials are back with ten songs on a brand new album. Influential, important and exhilarating live, they 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.
The Specials' ascendancy was swift. Two years, seven hit singles including two number ones, two hit albums, sell-out tours – the mass stage-invasions and audience energy only adding to the myth. They were everywhere; on Top of the Pops, Radio One, nightclubs and school discos.