TOUR NEWS : The Nightingales: UK tour from subjects of ‘King Rocker’ documentary

The Nightingales

UK tour from subjects of ‘King Rocker’ documentary

AEG Presents announce that, following a much-postponed but largely sold out tour of 2021, The Nightingales will again tour the UK in Spring 2022.  Described by John Robb as “The misfits’ misfits”, The Nightingales are the subject of documentary feature film, “King Rocker” – written and presented by comedian Stewart Lee, directed by Michael Cumming (‘Brass Eye’, ‘Toast Of London’). The reviews were amazing: “One of my all-time favourite rock-Docs” said Mark Kermode, “The new Gold standard for rockumentaries” agreed The Scotsman. This is a band that matters. Tickets on sale now from

Birmingham’s original punk group The Prefects had been part of The Clash’s ‘White Riot Tour’, recorded Peel sessions, released a 45 on Rough Trade and, years after splitting, had a retrospective released by Fire Records offshoot label Call Of The Void to glowing reviews.  The Nightingales was formed by a few members of The Prefects following that band’s demise in 1979. Comprising an ever-fluctuating line up, based around lyricist/singer Robert Lloyd, they enjoyed cult status in the early 80’s and were championed by John Peel, who said, “Their performances will serve to confirm their excellence when we are far enough distanced from the 1980’s to look at the period rationally and other, infinitely better known, bands stand revealed as charlatans”.

Jeff Higgott Photography

In the late Eighties the Nightingales stopped working but, following the occasional gig between times, they re-grouped in 2004, arriving at the current (and now long standing) line up, which features Lloyd, Andreas Schmid from Faust on bass, ex Violet Violet wonder drummer Fliss Kitson and on guitar James Smith, who Lloyd had spotted playing with Damo Suzuki. The latest album ‘Four Against Fate’ is out now on Tiny Global Productions.


Tue 19 – Glasgow, Cathouse 

Wed 20 – Liverpool, Cavern Club 

Fri 22 – Darlington, Forum

Sat 23 – Manchester, Deaf Institute

Sun 24 – Leeds, Key Club 

Tue 26 – Norwich, Epic Studios 

Wed 27 – Oxford, O2 Academy 2

Thu 28 – Winchester, Railway 

Fri 29 – Brighton, Patterns

Sat 30 – Birmingham, O2 Academy 2


Mon 2 – Bristol, Thekla 

Tue 3 – London, Garage

Thu 5 – Leek, Foxlowe Arts Centre

Fri 6 – Hebden Bridge, Trades Club

Sat 7 – Nottingham, Bodega

The band’s career-spanning soundtrack to ‘King Rocker’ will be released by Fire Records, alongside a bizarro 12″ remix EP ‘The New Nonsense’, and these will be followed by deluxe expanded versions of the band’s ‘Hysterics’ and ‘In The Good Old Country Way’ albums, and a bookback DVD of ‘King Rocker’. This activity is all capped off with the autumn release of their stunning new album, recorded in Spain, as well as a subsequent support tour and rescheduled shows in Europe and America

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