The return of Vic and Bob!

Dateline 1976: Young Vic Godard is coaxed by Malcolm McLaren into forming The Subway Sect, the fifth real London Punk Rock band - essentially to fill out the bill at the 100 Club Punk Festival.

Meanwhile, light years away in the Midlands, a youthful Robert Lloyd, having seen The Sex Pistols and attended The Ramones first UK show, decides 'I can do that' and promptly forms The Prefects. Birmingham's first Punk Rock band,

Too often however, the creative spark of Punk Rock has dimmed and diminished and disappointed. Not so with Vic Godard and Robert Lloyd. Both men have consistently cleaved to the Punk Rock ethos of doing exactly as they wished, and both men have ever since pushed the boundaries of their art, and maintained punishingly high standards.

Robert's band The Nightingales have been frequent visitors to Edinburgh since their reformation in 2010. Anyone who has seen them will attest to the full sonic force of their Glitter Band play Beefheart thump. Vic's recent shows with this band (promoted by our pals Fresh Produce) saw him with the best band he's had, and in the best form I've seen him in many years.

This is double bill not to be missed.


The Nightingales
The Nightingales

The Nightingales was formed by former members of Birmingham's original punk group The Prefects. With an ever fluctuating lineup, based around lyricist / singer Robert Lloyd, the band recorded a bunch of singles, three albums and many radio sessions for John Peel before it stopped working in the late 80s.

The current line up features Lloyd, original Prefects guitarist Alan Apperley, Andreas Schmid from Faust on bass and ex Violet Violet drummer Fliss Kitson.

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Vic Godard and Johnny Britton with the Subway Sect

Formed at the suggestion of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, Vic Godard and his Subway Sect have been long-term staples on the post-punk scene since 1976. They still regularly perform, albeit with an ever-changing line-up of band members. A resurgence of interest in his work has seen him find fans with, amongst others, Marc Riley on BBC 6Music, who has booked Vic and the boys for several live radio sessions. Meanwhile 2014 saw the release of an impressive double album career retrospective '30 Odd Years', covering an eclectic range of material, from punk to ska to cabaret/musichall and jazz.

Advance tickets £15 stbf from Tickets Scotland. Buy online here. Over 18 only.