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 (rhythm guitar/vocals), Neville Staple (percussion, backing vocals), “Sir” Horace Gentleman (bass), Roddy Radiation (lead guitar) and John Bradbury (drums). Original member Jerry Dammers is not part of the reunion.

Just two Australian dates have been confirmed so far, for July 28 at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney and July 30 at the Palace Theatre in Melbourne. However, more shows could be in the works. "There's a possibility of some more dates," Michael Gudinski, managing director of promoter Frontier Touring, tells

The Specials' infectious, upbeat "2-tone" sound combined ska and punk and delivered a string of hits. But to the casual fan, they are probably best remembered for their haunting 1981 track "Ghost Town," which propelled the band to the top of the U.K. singles chart.

Last December, the band announced plans to reform for a U.K. tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of its debut single "Gangsters." Extra dates were added to the April and May run after the band claimed to have sold 45,000 tickets for eight shows in just over 30 minutes.