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Big Special announce debut London headline show for 9th August

Recently gracing the covers of Spotify’s The Punk List, Hot New Bands, and All New Punk, Big Special announce their very first London headline show at The Dublin Castle in Camden. Taking place 9th Augusttickets are on-sale now HERE.

The Midlands two-piece have already won fans across the country, gaining support from Rough Trade, The Line Of Best Fit, UPSET, CLASH, Kerrang! Magazine, HUNGER, Radio X, and more. Now the pair have had latest single ‘THIS HERE AIN’T WATER’ added to BBC Radio 6 Music’s B-List after it premiered on Steve Lamacq.

It’s a cathartic lament with no subtle edges – howling vocals leading into guitars and synths, held up by drums beaten like they owe someone money. Big Special share a live video of the track, showcasing the raw energy they are swiftly becoming known for.

“It’s basically an inward sermon, when you’re stuck in your head egging yourself on about how rough times feel. It’s about media and politics. It’s about self-medication. It’s about a lack of options. It’s about the thinning of the common understanding between the social classes of England, and feeling stuck, watching it all happen.”

Big Special are made up of Joe Hicklin (Singer) and Callum Moloney (Drums). With humble beginnings, the duo met on a college course in The Black Country having both been in various musical projects most of their lives. Hicklin had become somewhat a local institution due to performing frequently, and Callum had moved to Bristol mostly playing in wedding bands. 

An avid writer of poetry, during lockdown Hicklin rewrote them into lyrics and wanted Moloney to be the drummer even though they had lost touch, but he declined due to the general commitments of life. Hicklin’s partner told him to ask again, whilst Moloney’s partner pushed him to drum outside of the cover bands which he had become tired of, and so they were reconnected and have been able to create something truly special.

Through countless odd jobs, career changes, and living pay cheque to pay cheque, Big Special have their roots firmly in the struggles of the working class, and how the impoverished are treated.

This is music from The Black Country.


25th July – Village Underground (supporting Creep Show)
5th August – Multitude at The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
9th August – The Dublin Castle, London (Headline)
19th October – Oslo, London (supporting BENEFITS)

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