Saturday 8th October / Carnival Arts Centre (Main Stage) /
The Nightingales were formed by former Prefects (Clash's 'White Riot Tour', Peel favourites) vocalist Robert Lloyd. 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. Playing shows throughout Europe as headliners and supporting acts as diverse as Bo Diddley and Nico.
In the late Eighties the Nightingales stopped working but, around a decade ago Lloyd chose to revive the 'Gales but not as a nostalgia act performing old material, but as an uncompromising, confrontational contemporary group. Its current line-up features Lloyd, Andreas Schmid from Faust on bass, ex Violet Violet drummer Fliss Kitson and original Prefect Alan Apperley on guitar.
Their latest album 'Mind Over Matter' is a short, sharp blast of melody, rhythm, irritation and humour. The group might play around but does not fuck about. They may indulge themselves but do not waste your time. They could be mad but are most certainly diligent.