TV premiere for The Nightingales’ rockdoc

King Rocker, the ‘rock documentary’ exploring the 40 year career of Birmingham post-punk band The Nightingales, receives its UK premiere on SkyArts on Saturday 6 February 2021.

Written and directed by Brass Eye’s Michael Cummings and comedian and music critic Stewart Lee, the film ponders why The Nightingales have remained a cult act for so long, and why they aren’t better appreciated – especially in the city of their birth.

Originally slated for a cinema release, the film now premieres on free-to-air Freeview.

With their roots in The Prefects – arguably Brum’s first punk band – The Nightingales landed in 1981, and became firm favourites of BBC Radio One DJ John Peel.

Acclaimed releases, a near-miss with the charts, music mag front covers, and numerous Peel sessions followed before vocalist Robert Lloyd went solo.

But the band reconvened in the early ’00s, and have continued to tour and record ever since.

Their latest album, Four Against Hate – released via Tiny Global Productions (also home to fellow survivors Blue Orchids, Band Of Holy Joy) – has been their most lauded in decades!

Why Robert and The Nightingales aren’t as respected and valued in Brum as post-punk contemporaries Mark E Smith and The Fall are in Manchester is one of music’s great mysteries …

Birmingham Comedy Festival Meets The Nightingales

Find out more about The Nightingales as Robert Lloyd chats about playing with The Clash and The Jam, Brum’s first punk band, the challenges of touring with Stewart Lee as support, today’s music scene, and how the current line-up of The Nightingales are smashing it!


Also available to stream via Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Prime, Audiable, and other podcast platforms.

READ MORE: The Nightingales Look Set To Fly – At Last …

King Rocker screens on SkyArts, Freeview Channel 11, at 9pm, on Saturday 6 February 2021. The film is repeated on Saturday 13 February 2021 at 1.45am. See: SkyArts/ King Rocker.

For more information on the film, see:

The Nightingales rescheduled Four Against Hate tour is set for late summer/ autumn 2021 (Covid-willing) and includes Moseley Folk Festival. For full dates, see:


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