Birmingham’s original punk group The Prefects had been part of The Clash’s ‘White Riot Tour’, recorded a couple of Peel sessions, released a 45 on Rough Trade and, years after splitting up, had a retrospective CD released by NY label Acute Records to all round glowing reviews from Rolling StoneThe Nightingales was formed by former members of The Prefects following that band’s demise in 1979.

Described in John Robb’s definitive book on ‘post punk’ (Death To Trad Rock) as “The misfits’ misfits” and comprising an ever fluctuating line up, based around lyricist/singer Robert Lloyd, The Nightingales enjoyed cult status in the early ’80’s as darlings of the credible music scene and were championed by John Peel, who said of them – “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”.

Since restarting the group have been more productive than ever – releasing five 7″ vinyl singles, a 10″ EP and four studio albums (Plus two live albums), touring England, mainland Europe and USA numerous times, recording many radio sessions along the way. They have been invited to play various festivals in Europe and the States, including Glastonbury and SXSW. Their “Let’s Think About Living” 45 was ‘Single Of The Week’ on BBC 6 Music and they have continued to receive regular rave reviews for their records and live shows.

The Nightingales will be playing live shows in Europe and USA over the coming year and will also be recording a new album in October for release a early in 2014.

The Nightingales Links: Website | Facebook | Soundcloud

Listen to Mutton to Lamb below:

Plus support from TED CHIPPINGTON

Comedian Ted Chippington will do a ten minute set prior The Nightingales.

Noted for his diffident on-stage persona, Chippington eschews observational comedy in favour of anti-humour and jokes which are mostly variations on the same theme, delivered in a West Midlands monotone. He also frequently performs his own versions of well-known songs in a similarly listless style. His act has left many audiences bemused or even hostile, with heckling a frequent occurrence during his performances.

His deadpan style has won him a small but devoted number of followers. One notable fan, Stewart Lee, has often cited Chippington as the reason he started doing stand-up comedy himself.

“A mixture of surrealism and insolent provocation and uncompromising boredom.” – Stewart Lee

Ted Chippington Links: Twitter

Watch one of Ted Chippington’s performances at Kidderminster below:

And with opening support from THE COURTESY GROUP

The Courtesy Group are a heady mix of Beefheart, Birthday Party and The Fall, amazingly shambolic yet highly accomplished. When you see them live you are transfixed by their demented, howling lead singer as he strides across the stage like a preacher gone insane. Lesser musicians would be overshadowed by such a figure but each member gives their all to create a chaotic, groggy blues style, cathartic din.

“The performance poet Al Hutchins has been attempting to push the Courtesy Group’s mixture of fragmented Beefheart licks, Fall-inspired lyrical splurge and grinding low-end dirge beyond Birmingham’s No 11 bus route for a decade now. An album was scrapped and his brother, the guitarist Fyfe Dangerfield, disappeared briefly with the chart-topping art-rock sophisticates Guillemots. Now, finally, here’s Hutchins, the howling faggot- and pea-fuelled visionary, vindicated at last, and at his finest on The Oldest Barter, where precipitous and sluggardly guitars fabricate a kind of psychedelic drizzle, a dying sun glimpsed through an industrial smog.” – Stewart Lee, The Sunday Times 4/5

The Courtesy Group Links: Facebook