The Specials

Plus support from The Pop Group

Colston Hall is proud to present The Specials, one of the most influential and important bands in music history,  live at Bristol’s Harbourside on 19 July 2019 for their biggest show in the city to date.

2019 sees The Specials release ‘Encore’, their first album of new music in 37 years, on Friday 1 February via UMC /Island Records, and undertake a series of sold-out live shows across the country. The album release and tour coincides with the 40th anniversary of the band’s formation and the birth of the legendary 2 Tone label in 1979.

With their infusion of ska and punk, The Specials embodied the political anxieties of a polarised nation, giving voice to the dispossessed with iconic music such as 1981’s epoch-making ‘Ghost Town’. Across the decades, the impact of their music has never lessened. 40 years after the band’s inception, the music of The Specials resonates now as much as ever.

This Harbourside show will see the Specials return to Bristol, nearly 40 years since they played the Trinity Hall when the band’s star was first in its ascendency. This summer, in a city whose own cultural and social history reverberates in the electrifying music of this iconic band, the Specials will give Bristol an exhilarating and joyous live show to remember.

Plus support from The Pop Group

Ticket Terms and Conditions

To help ensure tickets only go to genuine fans and are not touted the following terms and conditions have been agreed.

  • Tickets are limited to 4 per customer.
  • The lead booker’s name will be printed on the tickets. Please bring photo ID, the card used to purchase the tickets, confirmation of booking or receipts, and suggest the party must all arrive together.
  • The event ticket will immediately become invalid if resold or offered for sale.
  • Tickets are unable to be reprinted once issued.
  • Tickets are non-refundable.
  • If purchasing a ticket as a gift, please click the relevant box in the purchase path and include the name of the recipient.


This is a standing event. All areas of The Amphitheater are wheelchair accessible and there is a raised viewing platform towards the back of the amphitheater in a central position.

If you require assistance attending this concert or wish to gain access to the raised viewing platform please contact box office directly on 0117 203 4040 or by email at

We also recommend signing up to our Access Register which you can complete online here.

Plus support TBA

Ages 14+ (Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)

This is a standing Colston Hall Presents show at The Amphitheatre, Bristol Harbourside, Explore Ln, Bristol BS1 5LL

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  • With grateful acknowledgement of the support of Bristol Harbour Festival.

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