The kings of blues

Alan Nimmo fronts award-winning blues band King King with support from Blackpool-based Pete Edmunds (below) for a night with a difference at Sands Venue on Blackpool's Central Promenade.

Alan Nimmo fronts award-winning blues band King King with support from Blackpool-based Pete Edmunds (below) for a night with a difference at Sands Venue on Blackpool's Central Promenade.

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Blackpool’s Central Promenade Sands Venue rings the changes on Thursday with a hard-hitting night of blues and rock.

Headlining are King King, who have been tearing up festival stages all over Europe and have cleaned up in the British Blues Awards – with every member nominated.

Pete Edmunds - supporting King King at Sands venue

Pete Edmunds - supporting King King at Sands venue

Support comes from Blackpool-based Pete Edmunds, who toured extensively with Lindsay Coulson, the band’s bassist in the 1990s.

“He was my bass player in Peter Lee Farina and The Nightcrawlers and we were both in The Walter Harpman Band,” says Pete. “We got back in touch recently, and they invited me to open The Sands show with an acoustic set.”

Originally from Ormskirk but now settled in Blackpool he says: “My style is mainly Texas, so you can expect a ‘Stevie Ray Vaughan Unplugged’ type set.

After living and gigging all over Europe, it’s good to be back on home soil.”

The Sands date will be his first solo gig in two years.

King King emerged two years ago and have barely stopped for breath since.

An exhilarating debut at the Monaghan Blues Festival created such a stir that it prompted organizer Somhairle MacConghail to comment: “King King aren’t just playing the festival. Word is that King King ARE the festival.”

Since then they have brought their multi-faceted blues rock to the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, Abertillery Festival and even Glastonbury in addition to a non-stop series of live shows across the UK and Europe.

The driving force behind King King is Alan Nimmo, a frontman widely known on the Fylde coast and across the UK and Europe for his pivotal role with the award-winning Nimmo Brothers.

His full-blooded style, technical brilliance and impassioned vocals are infectious and instantly recognisable.

Accordingly, he surrounds himself with the hottest talent currently working the scene and this cherry-picking approach means that King King represents a melting pot of skills and influences.

Tickets for Thursday’s Sands venue debut are £19.99 (which includes a three course meal). Show only tickets are also available, more details from (01253) 625262.