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The Specials brought their legendary tunes to Glasgow at the iconic Barrowland Ballroom to fans who waiting in lines that stretched down the street, committed to stand in the rain to see a band who creates music that means a lot to many. Many were more than happy to comply with the Covid19 checks that the venue staff carried out because it would mean a chance to attend love music gigs again.
If the line of people outside weren't enough of an indication that tonight was going to be a sell out show, inside the venue was packed and ready to pop, you had to get there early to grab a front row seat. Many were sporting polo shirts and throwback clothing and showing their support by creating a fantastic atmosphere in this iconic room.
Despite having to wait almost 30 minutes for the band to come on stage, there must have been some drama backstage, the energy was no less when they tore in and kicked off the show with "Rat Race". The tour was to support their new album Protest Songs - 1924-2012 but there were many throwback songs from earlier albums and the crowd loved every minute of it.
There were some awkward moments of mistimed and misjudged comments from the band but that didn't damper much of the crowds spirits as they stayed until the very end to rock out and be a part of live music again. They continue their tour across the UK stopping at cities such as Blackpool, Newcastle and London to name a few. If you haven't got a ticket yet, you might want to because some of their shows are sold out and who knows when the next one might come around!
Coverage by Tyler Sams