The Big One 6 a skanking success

From the first drum stick count of four on Friday to Dawn Penn’s super slick set on Sunday. The Big One 6 saw a thrilling display of live music, fund raising and good fun

“Superb music.International flavour.Friends. Unity.Helping others.The only choice.” – Phil

“BIG love, fabulous people, great music, many laughs, few tears, pennies to those not so lucky” – Jenny

“Ace event. Awesome people , sore head and body” – Mike

Specialized Rocks! – Karen

“It was an awesome and unforgettable enjoyed every minute from start to finish. To all the team of Specialized you are all incredible total respect to you all and a big thank you from Mr Morris and myself, see you at Redcar.” Denise

“Brilliant brilliant brilliant brilliant brilliant brilliant brilliant brilliant” – Cliff

House raising performances from The Pressure Tenants, The Members on Friday, The Toasters and The Trojans on Saturday and Millie Manders, The Paradimes on Sunday. That’s not all though, 20 bands containing a staggering 132 musicians gave their time and talent to provide a spectacular weekend of music.
In the lounge, Rick Bucklers charming and informative interview on the Sunday was a particular highlight but the lounge also featured exceptional performances from The Little Pandas, Project Blackbird and the Ten Bob Notes.

Etty Hughes Mckinley bravely had her head shaved, The UnSpecials handed over another large cheque. From the first drum stick count of four on Friday to Dawn Penn’s super slick set on Sunday. The Big One 6 saw a thrilling display of live music, fund raising and good old fashion fun.
House raising performances from The Pressure Tenants, The Members on Friday, The Toasters and The Trojans on Saturday and Millie Manders, The Paradimes on Sunday. That’s not all though, 20 bands containing a staggering 132 musicians gave their time and talent to provide a spectacular weekend of music.
In the lounge, Rick Bucklers charming and informative interview on the Sunday was a particular highlight but the lounge also featured exceptional performances from The Little Pandas, Project Blackbird and the Ten Bob Notes.

Etty Hughes Mckinley bravely had her head shaved, The Extra Specials handed over other large cheque and even behind the scenes fund raising was happening. Our Hospitality manager Jenny writes: “Our intention is to raise enough money to cover the food and drinks in Green Room hospitality so that other monies raised can go direct to our chosen charities.My nephew, who came to visit was compromised by myself..in June 2017 “How much for me NOT to give you a kiss?”, money to go to Hospitality at Big One 6….Him, £500, Result. He still got a kiss! Then one of our team, Gordon White told us he was unable to be with us this year due to family commitments. Gordon gave me £100 to spend on what we wanted and offered a bottle of Scotch, which gave me the idea to ask our crew to do the same, which we did. Kat Dormer/Merchandise then saw our post in the Green Room page and that too escalated, resulting in her asking for donations of any type of alcohol, and that too escalated…You wonderful people, you didn’t hold back, donations came in plentiful. Thank you! One of the funniest offers of help came from our very own Jack Gibson who tirelessly “hounded” Tesco for water for the stage. This he did with much success, then……..FORGOT…….which branch of Tesco near Sandford it was. After many phone calls he located the store and collected said water, with a promise of more for next year! He also now has a point of contact for Asda for soft drinks for 2018. The Green Room and stage were well supplied for the entire weekend and with the help from all the wonderful people who were able to donate ……. we finished the weekend with £100 cash and at least £100 worth of alcohol, both of which can be used for the proposed hospitality at Reading 2018……….Watch this space for 2018…….The Green Room Crew are on a mission to raise enough money to cover most, if not all of the cost of hospitality……X”

The festival kicked off at 7pm sharp with an energetic performance from Reading ska covers band, The Skarlets. With a set packed full of all the 2Tone classics, the crowd were set up for a great Friday night. The masters of rocksteady, The Pressure Tenants followed and the anticipation of hearing ‘Sound Of The Suburbs’ from 1970s punk legends The Members was palpable. After an exhausting first night, The Special Brew gave an aftershow performance to remember. Cardiff’s answer to Bad Manners ( the only cover band endorsed by Buster Bloodvessel) rocked the house, including a conga line of hundreds.
Hangovers notwithstanding, the early risers paid to take part in ”Uncle Phil’s Pop Quiz and raised over £100 on Saturday morning.
The lounge saw a debut performance from the two young ladies that make up the Tiny Pandas and a rare accoustic performance from Cornwall’s Ten Bob Notes.
There were plenty of stalls to meander during Saturday. Official Specialized merchandise was on sale in the venue along with donated items for raffle and auction to raise money for the charities as well as vintage clothing stalls and tattoo artists.
Saturday night got messy on the main stage early on with the Decatonics and went on to see Specialized regulars Big Fat Panda, Roddy Radiation of The Specials, King Hammond and his Rude Boy Mafia, American ska outfit The Toasters and Gaz Mayall of Gaz Rockin Blues soho club fame reviving his 1980s band The Trojans.
Reminding people why do this every year, Michelle McGuffog gave her regular moving speech about her daughter’s unsuccessful battle with cancer and regular Specialized stall holder and supporter Etty Hughes Mckinley bravely had her head shaved for charity.
The aftershow band were The Skapones, covering songs from The Specials including a stage invasion to rival that of a 1970s college gig.
”Sore Head Sunday” morning had a moving speech and live bugle to mark Remembrance day. The Jam drummer Rick Buckler held a Q&A with King Hammond’s Nick Welsh which turned into very informal (but insightful) chat between old friends.
Sunday had a full line up in the main arena and culminated with performances from the energetic Millie Manders, Midlands reggae stars The Paradimes and the one and only Dawn Penn.
From its humble beginnings of a one off festival dedicated to the music of The Specials, this festival has grown into a titan of an event being broadcast live on Wolfman Radio, videoed in its entirety and photographed by renowned music photographer Gerard McNamara. This was our sixth successful year and people are booking for next year already.

We’ll add more to this news page shortly. The Big One 7 will take place on 9th 10th 11th November 2018.

Acts to be announced at the beginning of 2018

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