The Specials announce first new album in 20 years

Plus extensive European tourdates for Spring 2019

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The Specials have announced that they will release a new album, Encore, on February 1 via UMC/Island.

It’s the band’s first album of new material in 20 years, and the first time that founding members Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter have recorded together since 1981’s “Ghost Town”.

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Check out the tracklisting for Encore below. CD versions will come packaged with a bonus CD entitled The Best Of The Specials Live.

Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys
B.L.M.
Vote For Me
The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum
Breaking Point
Blam Blam Fever
The Ten Commandments
Embarrassed By You
The Life And Times Of A Man Called Depression
We Sell Hope

The Specials have also announced a European tour for spring 2019 – peruse the full list of dates below. Tickets are available here from 9am on Friday (November 2).

MARCH
29 / COLOGNE E WERK
30 / BRUSSELS ANCIENNE BELGIQUE

APRIL
2 / HAMBURG GROSSE FREIHEIT
3 / BERLIN COLUMBIAHALLE
5 / AMSTERDAM PARADISO
8 / PARIS LA CIGALE
11 / DUBLIN OLYMPIA THEATRE
15 / BOURNEMOUTH O2 ACADEMY
16 / PORTSMOUTH GUILDHALL
17 / BRIGHTON DOME
19 / PLYMOUTH PAVILIONS
20 / EXETER GREAT HALL
21 / CARDIFF UNI GREAT HALL
23 / BLACKBURN KING GEORGE’S HALL
24 / LEICESTER DE MONTFORT HALL
26 / BIRMINGHAM O2 ACADEMY
27 / LIVERPOOL OLYMPIA
28 / MANCHESTER ACADEMY
30 / LEEDS O2 ACADEMY

MAY
01 / CARLISLE SANDS CENTRE
02 / GLASGOW BARROWLAND
04 / NEWCASTLE O2 ACADEMY
05 / MIDDLESBROUGH TOWN HALL
06 / SCARBOROUGH SPA GRAND HALL
08 / SCUNTHORPE THE BATHS HALL
09 / YORK BARBICAN
10 / SHEFFIELD O2 ACADEMY
12 / CAMBRIDGE CORN EXCHANGE
13 / SOUTHEND CLIFF PAVILION
14 / MARGATE WINTER GARDENS
16 / LONDON O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON

Tickets go on general sale on Friday 2nd November at 9am GMT / 10am CET

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