Red Brick AuditoriumSquare Chapel
The Nightingales bring their Off The Beaten Track tour to Square Chapel, Halifax!
The Nightingales 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 ’80s 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 its 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-garde.
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.
Don’t dither, sort yer travel out and book your gig admission. Either way, don’t be a dopey fucker, innit?
Interval 20:45 – 21:05
14+ Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult
Pre-booked tickets £18
Door tickets £20
Performance Time: 8:00PM
Age Suitability & Warning: 14+
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