The BIG One 6

The Big One Festival. Our flagship event has grown year after year. The Big One is the only festival of this size we have each year featuring three days of live music.

10th to 12th November 2017

| Parkdean Holiday Park | Holton Heath, Poole, Dorset BH16 6JZ

The Big One 6 will take place on 10th 11th 12th November 2017.
We are very pleased to announce that Parkdean Resorts have now opened up an online booking facility for those who want to physically see what types of accommodation are available and book their unit online easily without having to use the phone.

The Big One event is three fabulous days of music, mirth, mayhem and fund raising held this year over 10/11/12 November at Parkdean Resorts at Sandford in Dorset (nr Poole). We have already announced some fabulous names and more will follow soon.
The event is an award winning festival.

Day tickets will be available shortly also.


The full line up for the main stage is

Friday 10th November
7:00 – 7:45 – The Skarlets
8:00 – 8:45 – The Crombies
9:00 – 10:00 – The Pressure Tenants
10:15 – 11:45 – The Members
12:00 – 12:45 – Aftershow with The Special Brew

Saturday 11th November
3:00 – 3:45 The Decatonics
4:00 – 4:45 Upbeat Sneakers
5:00 – 5:45 Big Fat Panda
6:00 – 7:00 Skabilly Rebels
7:15 – 8:15 King Hammond & the Rude Boy Mafia
8:45 – 9:45 The Toasters
10:00 – 11:30 The Trojans
11:45 – 12:30 The Skapones playing songs of The Specials

Sunday 12th November
2:45 – 3:30 Audio Tonic
3:45 – 4:30 Dogtooth
5:45 – 6:30 The Millmen
6:45 – 7:30 The Social Ignition
7:45 – 8:30 Millie Manders & the Shut Up
8:45 – 9:45 The Paradimes
10:00 – 11:00 Dawn Penn

Acts for the lounge include Glyn Wilcox and Friends (The Simmertones) and Project Blackbird (Bluebird Parade).

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The Specialized community is the best there is so this year become a part of it and join us all as we come together at Parkdean Holiday Park in Sandford, Dorset. We promise you a wonderfully inclusive friendly atmosphere with like minded people all coming together through the power of music to help those in difficult circumstances.

Dawn Penn is one of the original queens of reggae music. A native of Kingston, Jamaica, she grew up in a musical family, studying piano, classical violin and performing with her sisters Pat and Audrey in churches. Her first recording was “When I’m Gonna Be Free” in 1966. She was then recorded by the legendary Coxsone Dodd at Studio One and her first hit came in 1967 with the title “You Don’t Love Me – No, No, No”, one of the most famous reggae hits of all-time which has since been covered by countless artists around the world including Beyonce, Rihanna, Sean Paul, Wu-Tang Clan, Eve, J Millz, Mims, and Lily Allen to name a few.

Over the next few years several singles were released including three: “Blue Yes Blue”, “Here’s The Key” Long Day Short Night” “Blue Yes Blue and “Are you There” on Prince Buster’s Label. In 1987 Dawn re-recorded her single “You Don’t Love Me” No, No, No,with Steelie and Cleavie. The track was released in 1991 to commemorate Studio One’s 35th Anniversary, it was a crossover hit in the mainstream pop charts and was picked up by Heartbeat in the U.S. King Jammy’s recording that was done the year before with Bounty Killer, Dennis Brown and Ken Boothe, under separate recording on the Greensleeves label became a dancehall smash.

In 1993, Big Beat (Atlantic Records) signed Penn to an 8-year album deal, and by the following year she was back on the charts with her re-recorded dancehall version of “You Don’t Love Me – No, No, No”. The single charted in 68 countries, reaching no. 1 in Jamaica and no. 3 in the UK charts. It was featured in advertisements for Nissan and Churchill and the album was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 1995 she produced and recorded her original track “What Do You Do?”, followed up by Delroy Williams and herself producing the album called “Come Again” on Trojan Records which sold close to 110,000 copies. Her 2000 single “Never Ever” was released on Jet Star, becoming a smash hit on BBC Radio 1.

The Trojans Specialise in ska & reggae with a dash of soul, funk, R&B & world roots, The Trojans were formed in late 1986 from the ashes of the premature demise of Gaz Mayall’s first band Gaz’s Rebel Blues Rockers. (Gaz is the eldest son of Blues legend John Mayall)

Debut gig was the Astoria on Charing Cross road by London’s center point on the 23rd December 1986 supporting premier ska band Potato 5 and ska legend Laurel Aitken. Within two and a half years the Trojans headlined the same venue with the above acts supporting them. During their first few years they recorded several albums well received on the UK underground all on Gaz’s own independent label Gaz’s Rockin’ Records, the first being ‘Ala-Ska’ featuring the classic single ‘Gaelic Ska’ launching a whole new genre of Afro-Celtic fusion that has since become a hallmark of The Trojans’ sound.

Some original band members are still regular performers with the band including saxophonist Rudy Jones and drummer Rick Baxendale who started out as their bass player. The line-up features three sax players, bagpipes, violin, guest female vocalists, on top of the regular two guitars, drum, bass and percussion. They tour regularly with Gaz at the centre stage singing and playing melodica. Occasionally guest horn players Tan Tan and Vin Gordon appear.

Rick Buckler, drummer for The Jam from its formation in the early 1970s through to its break up in the early 1980s, during which time it became a critically acclaimed and commercially successful pop band with an original sound as part of the post-punk “Mod Revival” movement in England’s music and fashion scenes of the period. Although the band was creatively dominated by its lead singer/guitarist Paul Weller, its rhythm section of Buckler and Bruce Foxton (bass guitar) were integral to its sound.

The Toasters are “Ska Pioneers” (Billboard magazine) and boldly go where no ska band has gone before. Formed in New York City by British guitarist/frontman Rob “Bucket” Hingley in 1981, the Toasters exploded onto the Lower East Side scene. Cutting their teeth with a residency at legendary clubs like CBGB and Danceteria, the band has defied gravity and industry skeptics alike by staying true to their original 2-Tone ska roots, whilst logging over 4000 globe-trotting live appearances.

The Paradimes use the traditional styles of the 60’s and 70’s reggae and ska legends in todays era of music. The Paradimes are an original reggae and ska band, writing their own material which has spanned over more than 10 years of playing together, with the song writing abilities going from strength to strength. The catchy musical and singing melodies have made this band a winner in their field and are always a real crowd pleaser.

Established in 1977 The Members are one of Englands Best Loved Bands, Their eclectic Mix of Punk Reggae Surf and Pop and Anthemic Songs including the million selling Sound of the Suburbs and Offshore Banking Business are part of the Great British Alternative Hymn Book. The Members are joining us as part of their 40th anniversary tour.

Also the lead guitarist and lead singer of his own band the Skabilly Rebels. Roddy Radiation is well known for writing classics such as “Concrete Jungle” and “Rat Race”, which helped to create the groundbreaking 2 Tone sound. He also wrote “Hey Little Rich Girl”, which appeared on The Specials second album.

The Crombies, playing the hits of The Specials, Bad Manners, Beat, Madness, etc – the later create 2-TONE versions of songs that have that ska potential! Original DGB singer “Lord” Mike Park once again was on the case and recruited a top notch troop that included ex-DGB keyboard player Karl Gustafson, DGB guitarist Dave Simon, Vee Sonnets on lead guitar, Jason Berry on bass, and Matt Meuzelaar on drums. The band’s first 2-TONE’d studio cut was Niney the Observer’s “Blood & Fire” released on a limited edition 7″ single, with a new version of the classic DGB song “Mad At The World” on the flip. It was an instant hit, the single got dancefloors moving all across the world!

Millie Manders creates cross-genre punk that is hard to ignore. With lyricism that pokes fun, draws you in or leaves you questioning social norms teamed with incredible vocal dexterity, grinding guitars, irresistible horn hooks and a pumping rhythm section, the Millie Manders Music Machine churns out more raw punk fusion than you can shake a stick at, with a huge amount of Pop appeal.

Specialized always strives to feature new bands and this year we’ll like to introduce The Millmen. Featuring members of The Splitters, The Dub Pistols, The Paradimes and Bluebird Parade. The Millmen are a ska/soul band based at Create Studios Leicester.



Event Line-up

Dawn Penn
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The Trojans
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The Toasters
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The Members
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The Paradimes
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Roddy Radiation & The Skabilly Rebels
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King Hammond & the Rude Boy Mafia
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Rick Buckler (Q&A)
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The Crombies
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Millie Manders & the Shut Up
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The Pressure Tenants
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Upbeat Sneakers
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The Millmen
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The Social Ignition
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Big Fat Panda
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The Decatonics
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The Skarlets
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The Special Brew
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The Skapones
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Glyn Wilcox
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Project Blackbird
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Parkdean Holiday Park

Holton Heath, Poole, Dorset BH16 6JZ

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