Influential ska band The Specials have confirmed they have reformed ahead of a full UK tour.

The Coventry group - heralded as a major inspiration for the likes of Blur and Lily Allen, among others - scored eight top ten singles and two number ones before their split in 1981.

Rumours grew of an imminent reformation when the group - whose hits include Ghost Town and Too Much, Too Young - appeared as surprise guests at this year's Bestival on the Isle of Wight.

And now some 30 years since the release of their debut single Gangsters, they have confirmed they will take to the road for UK tour starting in April next year.

The series of shows kicks off at Newcastle Academy and includes back-to-back shows in both Birmingham and Brixton.

The band are credited with having started the UK ska-punk scene in the late 70s and the subsequent emergence of the 2-Tone sound.

Specials' 2009 tour dates and ticket information:April

22nd - Newcastle Academy - 0844 477 2000
23rd - Sheffield Academy - 0844 477 2000
25th & 26th - Birmingham Academy - 0844 477 2000
28th - Glasgow Academy - 08444 999 990


3rd - Manchester Apollo - 08444 777 677

6th & 7th - London Brixton Academy - 0844 477 2000

Tickets go on sale 09:00 BST on Thursday December 11th priced £32.50 in advance except London £35.

02/12/2008 13:21:16