The Specials

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Now lacking both Jerry Dammers and Neville Staple, but still led by Lynval Golding and Terry Hall on vocals, the 2-Tone ska veterans take to the stage yet again. Although songs like the anti-Thatcherite anthem ‘Ghost Town’ are still tragically relevant today, the band’s nostalgic live show seems to becomes less about politics and more about pork-pie hats every time they gig – and that way Madness lies.