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After a bunch of albums in and 45s in the 1980s, The Nightingales called it a day after vocalist Robert Lloyd combined a solo career with the money-earning potential of manual labour, so it was a welcome return a decade ago when they decided to reform. This is no punk nostalgia act though, as they seek to be as current, confrontational and absolutely vital as they ever were, and this can all be seen on their new tour, with a date at Cluny 2, Newcastle on Sunday 29th May.

The band still lean towards and all-encompassing brand of working class rock ‘n’ roll, with a swagger, their northern soul, blues and even folk influences flit in and out. With razor sharp lyrics that touch on Lloyd’s experiences and observations, it all makes for a reminder of everything the punk scene left us with musically, and something still very original. With support from Ted Chippington (a Stewart Lee favourite) and local band Quarterlight, and most importantly, a band not remotely resting on their laurels.

The Nightingales play Cluny 2, Newcastle on Sunday 29th May.

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