HEADLINE act at Gosport Waterfront Festival on Saturday, July 31 are the ‘From The Specials Shows’ starring the legendary Dr Neville Staple
Promoted by James H Soar Media Services, Neville is front man of The Specials, Fun Boy Three and Special Beat, comprising ex-members of the original top class band.
Also known as The Original Rude Boy, he celebrates 40 years of his super music career and the beginning of the 2-Tone movement.
Awarded an honorary doctorate by Arden University in July 2019,
Neville is credited with changing the face of popular music not only once but twice.
His UK and international career in the music industry is well documented and started out from the early days with Ray King, Pete Waterman, The Coventry Automatics and his Jah Baddis Sound System, before taking to the stage as a frontman of The Specials and
performing at the famous tour with The Clash and Bernie Rhodes. He has performed, written or produced, highly acclaimed and hit albums and singles, along with TV and film soundtracks, including performing on a song for the 2019 Spiderman blockbuster film and more music releases in 2020 and beyond.
His musical awards also include MOJO, NME, Gold, Silver & Platinum Discs and a lifetime achievement award from Foxford School in his home city of Coventry, birthplace of the 2-Tone movement.
‘Every show is like a massive party’
Celebrated as a living legend, Neville says: “I remember the massive reactions to the hit songs like Ghost Town, Too Much Too Young and Gangsters, and fans still write to me about my rugged,
energetic and fun stage presence.
“The way we bring ska to the mainstream is by mixing Jamaican music with the English punky style. I love performing live and
always include my Specials hits, along with other classics and career favourites. Every show is like a massive party, where the brilliant fans love to dance, stomp or sing-along.
“I was so proud to become an official Doctor of Music recently too.
Dr Rude Boy! How cool is that!”
DIARY DATE: Saturday July 31, Headlining Gosport Waterfront Festival, Walpole Park, Endeavour Close, Gosport, PO12 1NB. Gates open 12.30pm, close 11pm. Tickets are from £5 Friday, £10 Saturday and Sunday.