Specialized has come to the Southern Hempishere! We will be bringing the spirit of the project to Oz by hosting live events under the SpecialOz’d banner to raise funds for CanTeen.
Since our inception in 2012 we’ve enjoyed terrific support from musicians in Australia. Artists like The Funaddicts, Pat Powell, The Ozska’s and The Rogue Scholars have all recorded tracks for our compilation series.
In 2016 Pat Powell made the long trip over to the UK to appear at The Big One 5.
It’s only natural that we now reach out to Oz to pick up the Specialized Cause. In 2017 Sally Gillard picked up the flame and carried it to Australia with a view to produce events across the country. This started in 2017 when Sally and her team hosted the first SpecialOz’d event at the Marrickville Bowling and Recreational Club, featuring Roddy Radiation, The Funaddicts, The Ozskas, The Protesters, and Fistful of Trojans.
SpecialOz’d supports CanTeen.
CanTeen is Australian organisation for young people living with cancer offering support, information, and resources. CanTeen was set up by a group of young cancer patients in 1985 and still have young people affected by cancer guiding the organisation at every level.
SpecialOz’d is very proud to announce Pat Powell as the SpecialOz’d Ambassador. With a career that spans over four decades and right across the globe, Pat Powell is one of Australia’s most accomplished vocal talents. We are honoured and thrilled to have him on board. Pat has contributed to past specialized compilation CDs and has performed at the Specialized Big One event in the UK. He is passionate about what we are trying to achieve and we can’t think of a better person to join us on this venture – Thanks Pat xxx
After the smashing success of the inaugural SpecialOz’d festival last September, the Specialized arm in Australia run by Sally Gillard and her team are back for SpecialOz’d 2 this year!
Raising much needed funds for Canteen (Aussie version of TCT), SpecialOz’d 2 – Skank It Up against Cancer, is being held on Saturday 13th October, Manning Bar Sydney 5pm till late! The festival will feature the best of Australian and International Ska and Pop, starring the absolute legends of Australian Music ‘Mental As Anything’ living it up for cancer relief alongside some of the best names in modern Aussie Ska, ‘The Ska Vendors’ (Melbourne), ‘The Ozskas’ (Sydney) and from Melbourne Ska Orchestra and the Protesters the golden voice of ‘Pat Powell’. If that wasn’t enough, also in the line-up, all the way from Scotland, we are thrilled to present one of the UK’s most exciting and loveable Ska acts ‘Big Fat Panda’ who will be bringing their inimitable sound and style to Australia for the very first time and exclusively for SpecialOz’d! As well as the finest bands on the planet we will make sure the event is non-stop music heaven with DJ Wally Wally and Kilmarnock Steve spinning the tastiest discs from the Ska Reggae pop world! Join us for amazing music, raffles and a host of fun. It is Not To Be Missed. Grab your tickets now and come along to the Manning Bar, to Skank It Up against Cancer!