All Hail King King!

The Atkinson welcomes one of Britain’s best blues bands to the stage on Friday 13 December at 8pm.

It’s been two years since King King broke cover as the hottest draw in British blues-rock. Of course, to any serious music fan, this was never exactly a ‘new’ band. As co-front man of the legendary Nimmo Brothers, Alan was already a towering figure on the international scene.

The band, meanwhile, were amongst the most skilled and respected musicians on the circuit, and in May 2011, this dream-team duly delivered a classic debut album that hit press and public like a train.

Alan Nimmo and the boys have taken everything the last two years have thrown at them – the rave reviews, the national awards, the sell-out shows – and responded with the best songs of their lives.

Plenty of bands fumble the ‘difficult second album’. King King has blown this one sky-high. March 25 2013 saw Standing In The Shadows swagger into the spotlight on the Manhaton label, offering up eight stunning new originals – plus two impeccable covers – to a growing fan base that can’t get enough.

Recorded at Superfly Studios in the Nottinghamshire countryside, and co-produced with blood and muscle by vocalist/guitarist Alan and drummer Wayne Proctor, this is a record that stays true to the Glaswegians’ blues-rock roots while keeping listeners on their toes with its gamut-running vibe.

Maverick Magazine called it “terrific… tremendous”. Blues Matters noted that “when it comes to the high-rolling wave of British blues, they are riding way above the surf”. Classic Rock crowned the release Blues Album of the Month and deemed it “an album to brighten days”. Even the veteran BBC presenter and Blues Band icon Paul Jones was moved to comment: “Here at Radio 2, we think Alan Nimmo and King King are going to go all the way…”

As usual, he was right. From the moment their firecracker live debut stole the show at the Monaghan Blues Festival, King King have built their reputation the old-fashioned way, touring like maniacs and blowing a new roof off every night. This was blues-rock par excellence, delivered by a band playing out its skin – and a frontman with a tendency to hit the stage in a kilt – and they quickly established themselves as the best night out in whichever town they were in, whether that was Maryport, Maida Vale or Glastonbury.

Tickets for King King are priced at £10 advance / £12 door and are available online at or by calling The Atkinson box office on 01704 533333. You can also purchase your tickets over the counter during The Atkinson’s opening hours.

*Please be advised there is a £2 booking fee for booking over the phone and online bookings.




King King
Friday 13 December


Tickets: £10 / £12 doors


The Atkinson
Lord Street



In person: Visit the Southport Tourist Information Centre (located on Lord Street, Southport).

For tickets: visit the website* or call box office on 01704 533333*

*Subject to a £2 booking fee.


Notes to Editors

For more information, interviews, images or review tickets, please contact Emma Lloyd at The Atkinson on 0151 934 2129 |


 About The Atkinson

The Atkinson is a key transformational project, enhancing Southport’s offer of ‘England’s Classic Resort’. It is a £17 million development, due to open in Spring 2013. It involves the integration of three Arts & Cultural managed venues, Southport Arts Centre, the Atkinson Art Gallery and Botanic Gardens Museum alongside the Southport central Library, into one regional cultural centre. Sefton Council, North West Development Agency, Arts Council England and Sea Change funded the Atkinson project. A funding application has also been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the fit out of the museum areas to feature within the Cultural Centre.

The Atkinson will deliver high quality arts and cultural entertainment from dance and drama to fine art and music, whilst supporting community art groups with their development and performances.

Set in a grade II listed building in the centre of Lord Street, the principal shopping avenue in Southport, which extends the length of the town. It will act as a focal point for the town centre and will add to the food and beverage offer and the Lord Street retail offer to make a complete visitor experience.


Posted on 9 December 2013 under General news

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