The Specials

  1. A Look at Britain's Festivals, Where It Actually All Began

    June 23, 2014 4:53 PM EDT Decades before the festival boom changed the touring landscape in America, music fairs already were an industry mainstay in the United Kingdom, providing prime plays for acts and immersive experiences for fans. The 10 largest jamborees in the coun ...

  2. Japan's Fuji Rock Fest -- Featuring Radiohead, Stone Roses and Many Other Brits -- Kicks Off Friday

    July 25, 2012 10:50 AM EDT The granddaddy of all the modern Japanese rock fest, Fuji Rock, is hosting a line-up that seems influenced by the London Olympics, which start on the same day. Skip To Bottom The 16th annual Fuji Rock Festival, which starts Friday and runs through ...

  3. Heineken Breaks With Benicassim Fest

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT International beer producer Heineken is to cease being the main sponsor for Spain's highest-profile summer music festival, held in July at Benicassim on the eastern Mediterranean coast. Heineken had been the main sponsor for the past 10 years ...

  4. Benicassim Fest Attendance Slumps

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spain's highest-profile summer music festival, the international Benicassim festival (FIB) on the eastern Mediterranean coast, suffered an alarming slump in attendance this year. The total attendance of 127,000 over the July 15-18 four-day fe ...

  5. Jay-Z, LCD Soundsystem Bring NYC Party To Coachella

    April 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z brought his arena-sized stage show -- complete with a guest spot by Beyonce -- to the California desert Friday night (April 16), capping off the triumphant first day of the 11th annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival with a rapid successio ...

  6. Benicassim, Rock in Rio Madrid Fests Unveil Line-Ups

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rihanna, Shakira, Bon Jovi and the Prodigy are among the first artists confirmed for two of Spain's most important summer festivals. Both the 16th International Festival of Benicassim on the eastern Mediterranean coast, known as FIB Heineken, ...

  7. Jay-Z, Muse, Gorillaz Top Coachella 2010 Lineup

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z, Muse and Gorillaz will headline the 11th annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 16-18 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also confirmed are LCD Soundsystem, Faith No More, Thom Yorke, Pavement and the Special ...

  8. Muse, Lily Allen, Kasabian Collect Q Awards

    October 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Muse, Lily Allen and Kasabian all walked away with Q awards at the annual ceremony organized by the U.K.-based monthly music magazine. Held today (Oct. 26) at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, Allen won the best track award for "The Fear&q ...

  9. Specials Set For Australian Debut

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Reunited British band the Specials will bring their trailblazing brand of ska to Australian stages this July for the first time. The Coventry band, which split in 1981 after a string of U.K. hits, features Terry Hall (vocals), Lynval Golding (rhyt ...

  10. U.K. Festivals Reveal Latest Additions

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST A number of high profile U.K. events have confirmed more major acts for the 2009 summer festival season, including Scotland's T in the Park and the Isle of Wight festival. Newcomers to the T in the Park line-up include the Killers as headline ...

  11. Linkin Park, NIN To Play Japan's Summer Sonic

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Creative Man Productions has announced the initial line-up for the 2009 edition of the Summer Sonic festival. Headliners include Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance and Nine Inch Nails, all veterans of the bash. This year is the 10th anniversary for ...

  12. Specials Add Dates, Responds To Dammers

    December 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Specials' U.K. tour in April and May 2009 now has extra dates, with the band claiming to have sold 45,000 tickets for eight shows in just over 30 minutes. The U.K. act has reformed for the tour, although without founder member Jerry Damme ...

  13. Specials Set Up Reunion Tour

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Terry Hall has been speaking exclusively to Billboard about the upcoming Specials reunion tour. "I think that we are going to do some dates maybe at the end of this year. October at the earliest," says Hall. "It's weird because ...