When The Specials went to Northern Ireland


It was a brave pop band that went to Northern Ireland at the start of the 1980s and loudly advocated a non-sectarian message – but that’s what The Specials and The Beat did in 1981.

On the UK mainland, 2tone bands had made racial unity central to their musical message. When it came to the violence torn province, unity of Catholic and Protestant youth was their plea. I write about this tour in my biography of Neville Staple – Original Rude Boy. And below is a press clipping from my archives.

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One thought on “When The Specials went to Northern Ireland

  1. If the IRA wanted to be treated as political prisoners they were invading Another Country Northern Ireland, Their own country being Ireland as such they should have wanted the political acceptance as Prisoners of war then they shouldn’t have wanted the judicial process to try to appeal their convictions or be able to want to plead innocent

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