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Blackpool’s reggae and Two Tone tribute band Ska Face is teaming up with one of their heroes for what is set to be a sell-out concert at Layton Institute.

The band will be performing with guest star Roddy Radiation from The Specials for a one-off event on Saturday, April 9.

Ska Face founder member Steve Fairhurst says the band communicated with Roddy through Facebook after he commented on a video of them performing The Specials’ hit Ghost Town at The Venue in Cleveleys.

“We asked him if he would perform with us at Layton Institute, and we were amazed when he very kindly agreed,” says Steve.

“A lot of press coverage regarding The Specials focuses on two areas that set them apart – Two Tone and the multiracial unity they wanted to foster and the Ska Punk sound that defined them.

“Roddy brought the punk. Famously, Elvis Costello, producer of their first album, said they should ‘lose the punk guitarist’ – The Specials said no, the rest is history.”

Writer of such classics as Concrete Jungle, Rat Race and Hey Little Rich Girl, Roddy Radiation is regarded Two Tone royalty and now enjoys success in his own right with The Skabilly Rebels, having recently released the critically-acclaimed Blues Attack album.

Doors will open at 7.30pm with special guest DJ Darren James, who opened for The Specials on their tour.

At 9.30pm Ska Face will perform a set of ‘everybody else’ before welcoming Roddy onstage at around 10.30pm for an all-Specials second set.

“We’re really excited about the whole thing and are so pleased that as part of our plan to perform at more social clubs we’ve secured the excellent concert room at Layton Institute,” said Steve.

The 400 £5 each ticket allocation – available from the box office at Layton Institute – is selling out fast, and it is unlikely there will be any available on the night.