The Specials + Toots and the Maytals


This summer, influential British icons The Specials and legendary reggae heroes Toots And The Maytals will share the stage for the very first time. With both acts boasting significant careers that span over 40 years, they’ll play Birmingham at the end of May to kick-start the summer with a refreshing mix of timeless anthems.

The Specials are undoubtedly one of the most celebrated UK bands of all time. Born out of a time of mass unemployment and social unrest, The Specials clever, witty and socially charged hits energised a generation and created an unprecedented alchemy between band and audience. Fusing ska music with a punk rock attitude the band pioneered the Two Tone movement and ignited bouts of ‘skanking’ across the UK with hits such as ‘Too Much Too Young’, ‘Ghost Town’, ‘Gangsters’, ‘Rudy, A Message To You’, ‘Rat Race’ and ‘Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think)’.

Since reforming in 2008, The Specials have become undisputed party-starters, with one of the most in-demand live shows of recent times. Continuing to deliver their critically acclaimed anthems of modern British life, these shows promise to be a truly unique moment to celebrate the career of a band who changed not only music, but British culture itself.

With a shared history that saw The Specials cover ‘Monkey Man’ on their 1979 debut album and later ‘Pressure Drop’, there is no one better than legendary reggae originators Toots And The Maytals to join the band for this very special date. Rising out of Jamaica with their untouchable take on classic Reggae, Toots And The Maytals introduced the beloved genre to the world, staying true to themselves with the music that soundtracked their youth and an unparalleled dedication to the vibrant beats that went on to inspire countless generations of musicians and fans alike.

Frontman Toots Hibbert’s soulful vocal style marked him out as one of the greatest voices in the genre’s history with anthems such as ‘Pressure Drop’, ‘Sweet And Dandy’, ‘54-46 (That’s My Number)’ and ‘Do The Reggay’ paving the way for ska music’s explosion in the late 70s. Back on stage after three years away, expect Toots And The Maytals to transport audiences to the sun-kissed beaches of Jamaica, in what’s sure to be one of the most joyous sets of the summer.

Combining two of the most iconic and celebrated acts of the past 50 years, The Specials and Toots And The Maytals together on the same stage is a once in a lifetime opportunity to capture the roots and soul of modern music’s most beloved genre.



Tickets for the NEC date are on general sale now from here or by calling 0844 33 88 222 *Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge. Tickets priced at £49.20 (includes admin fees and 80p facility fee) + £2.55 fulfilment fee per order.

In "What to do"

Festivals & events


Maps & Guides

Maps & Guides for your visit.

Read More

Getting around

Getting around Birmingham couldn’t be easier...

Read More


Search for places, events & accommodation...

Read More

Festivals & events

Take a look at what’s on now and coming up here...

Read More


RT @unibirmingham: We're delighted to announced our @LapworthMuseum is shortlisted for the prestigious @artfund #museumoftheyear prize http…

RT @MfdhAwards: Have you nominated? Last 2 Days left to get nominations in for this years @MfdhAwards Don't Miss Out #EAT #DRINK #SLEEP #RE…

RT @brumhippodrome: ON THE BLOG | Behind The Screams of the @addamsfamilyuk

RT @MADE__Festival: Third Release tickets for #MADEFESTIVAL will sell out this weekend, you have been warned 🚨🚨🚨 @visit_bham

Sporting highlights


Art Galleries

Birmingham’s art collection is as wide as it is impressive. 

Read More

Stage & Screen

From touring West End shows to showcasing local talent.

Read More


A huge arena tour or an intimate gig?  You’ll find it here.

Read More


Multiplexes, the UK’s oldest working cinema or art house cool?

Read More

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

A vibrant museum in the heart of the city with over 40 galleries.

Read More


A diverse range of dance groups and venues.

Read More

See More, Feel More

Come, stay and soak up the culture in one of Europe's most vibrant cities.

Read More


Plan the perfect shopping trip with full store, centre and brand directories.

Read More

Shopping centres

From the world-famous, 21st Century Bullring to the Victorian elegance of the Great Western Arcade.

Read More

Vibrant streets

Linking the centres are Birmingham’s bustling shopping streets, packed with major brands and boutique independents.

Read More


Don’t miss Birmingham’s amazing markets – whether it’s the 850-year old Bullring markets or the...

Read More

Jewellery Quarter

Home to more diamond rings, finishing touches and tokens of love than anywhere else in...

Read More

Getting Married in Birmingham

We have everything covered from the rings right up to the venue itself.

Read More

Featured Itineraries