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Terry Hall on stage with The Specials at Bedford Park, June 3, 2022. Photo by David Jackson.
Terry Hall on stage with The Specials at Bedford Park, June 3, 2022. Photo by David Jackson.

Ska legends The Specials headlined Bedford Park on Friday night, playing a set packed with their greatest hits in front of thousands of fans.

Iconic band 2 Tone from Coventry opened this year’s Bedford Park Concert series, which continues today with a sold-out concert by Tom Grennan.

Led by vocalist Terry Hall, with original members Horace Panter on bass and Lynval Golding on rhythm guitar, The Specials are masters of their genre.

Fans inside Bedford Park for the Specials. Photo by David Jackson.

Onstage in Bedford, their numbers are tripled with Ocean Color Scene’s Steve Craddock, keyboardist Nikolaj Torp Larsen and backing vocalist Hannah Hu as part of the band’s touring contingent.

Joining The Specials was Melt Yourself Down from London who kicked off with a sax-heavy set that blended punk, jazz and funk.

They were followed by indie rock quartet Tribes, which after breaking up in 2013 reformed in 2020.

Much of The Special’s set is taken from their classic 1979 self-titled debut album and its successor, More Specials, alongside a series of well-known covers.

Lynval Golding on stage with The Specials at Bedford Park, June 3, 2022. Photo by David Jackson.

The Specials open with Freedom Highway and Rat Race and while Hall – hidden behind sunglasses and dressed head to toe in khaki green – walks around the stage, it’s bassist Panter who provides the initial energy. , bounding around the stage and posing in front of the thousands in front of him.

As fans turn track after track, it takes a while for the show to come to life due to a heavy backdrop of their best-known and upbeat material.

Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around was one of the first tracks to bring audiences to life, and its follow-up, A Message To You, signals the start of hit after hit.

By the time Too Much Too Young and Monkey Man arrive, even those seated farther out in Bedford Park are on their feet, walking away.

Horrace Panter on stage with The Specials at Bedford Park, June 3, 2022. Photo by David Jackson.

After leaving the stage, The Specials return for a three-song encore that includes the cover of Talking Head Listening Wind – with Hu on lead vocals – ahead of their classic 1981 single Ghost Town, before closing the night with You’re Wondering. Now.

It may have taken the Specials a while to warm up to the thousands inside Bedford Park, but when they did it was a glorious reminder that six decades into their career they are always at the top of their game.

Hannah Hu on stage with The Specials at Bedford Park, June 3, 2022. Photo by David Jackson.

Friday evening, Saturday morning

Terry Hall on stage with The Specials at Bedford Park, June 3, 2022. Photo by David Jackson.

The lunatics (took over the asylum)

It doesn’t work well.

I won’t let anyone take us back

Steve Cradock on stage with The Specials at Bedford Park, June 3, 2022. Photo by David Jackson.
Terry Hall on stage with The Specials at Bedford Park, June 3, 2022. Photo by David Jackson.
Fans watching the specials at Bedford Park
Tribe on stage at Bedford Park, June 3, 2022. Photo by David Jackson.
Tribe on stage at Bedford Park, June 3, 2022. Photo by David Jackson.
Tribe on stage at Bedford Park, June 3, 2022. Photo by David Jackson.
Baste on stage at Bedford Park, June 3, 2022. Photo by David Jackson.
Baste on stage at Bedford Park, June 3, 2022. Photo by David Jackson.
Baste on stage at Bedford Park, June 3, 2022. Photo by David Jackson.

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Source: www.bedfordtoday.co.uk
This notice was published: 2022-06-04 11:36:41

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