Time & Location
09 May 2024, 19:30
Newport, 14 High St, Newport NP20 1FW, UK
About the event
The Nightingales was formed from the ashes of the Prefects (The Clash’s ‘White Riot Tour’, John Peel sessions, Rough Trade records) and enjoyed cult status in the ’80’s as darlings of the credible music scene and being continually championed by Peel. Described in John Robb’s definitive book on post punk (“Death To Trad Rock”) as “The misfits’ misfits”, the band re-grouped in 2004 and have since released a dozen critically acclaimed albums and regularly toured the USA and Europe, from Scotland to Serbia.
In 2021 a full length documentary about the band – “King Rocker”, written by Stewart Lee - received rave reviews (“Best rockumentary ever”, etc) following it’s premiere on Sky TV, before getting cinema screenings in the UK and Australia.
All of the group’s original albums have recently been reissued as deluxe double vinyl LPs and in 2022 the band’s original soundtrack album to “King Rocker” was released alongside a DVD of the movie featuring assorted extras. The Nightingales’ most recent studio album “The Last Laugh” is generally considered to be their best yet and following a support tour with The Damned in 2023 interest in the group continues to be on the rise and their gigs are legendary.
In September the 'Gales release their first live album and they are touring mainland Europe in October. They continue to operate with no actual manager, booking agent, publisher, et al, remaining defiantly independent and truly maverick. One of England’s great originals, they work equally well with pop musicians, rock n rollers and the avant grade.
“There are drum and guitar bands and then there is the Nightingales, dwarfing the rest, unmatched and utterly underrated in both musical originality and stylistic innovation.”
ROCK N REEL *****
“The consummate sore thumbs of pop.”
“Heartening evidence of the British art of mentally transforming ennui and chagrin into something approaching gold. Stitch that, popularity.”
“As original as it is uncompromising.”
“With The Fall getting Lifetime Achievement awards and Gang Of Four canonised it is long past time the wayward genius of Robert Lloyd and his cohorts was recognised”
“The lager drinkers Henry Cow”
Tickets go on sale this Friday the 1st of December at 10am. Hit the link below to set a reminder. 🔔
Thursday the 9th of May 2024
Le Pub, Newport
£18 / 7.30 / 16+