British blues rock band KING KING are excited to announce that they will be support British hard rock band THUNDER on their February 2016 UK arena tour. Tour dates include Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (Monday Feb 15), Bristol Colston Hall (Tuesday Feb 16), Glasgow Clyde Auditorium (Thursday Feb 18), Sheffield Arena (Friday Feb 19) and London Wembley Arena (Saturday Feb 20). Planet Rock will be running a 24-hour ticket pre-sale from 9am on Thursday September 24, followed by general on-sale via Ticketmaster from Friday September 25.
The arena tour follows King King’s upcoming October/ November 2015 UK tour. King King tour the UK this October/ November with support from blues rock guitarist Ben Poole & blues, soul, jazz and rock singer Rebecca Downes.
Tickets are available from thegigcartel.com.
KING KING – 2015 UK TOUR
BURTON UPON TRENT, BREWHOUSE Wednesday October 21
BURY ST. EDMUNDS, THE APEX Thursday October 22
HARPENDEN, PUBLIC HALLS Friday October 23
TAVISTOCK, THE WHARF Saturday October 24
COVENTRY, THE COPPER ROOMS Sunday October 25
CARLISLE, THE OLD FIRE STATION Tuesday October 27
HOLMFIRTH PICTUREDROME Thursday October 29
CLITHEROE, THE GRAND Friday October 30
GLENROTHES, ROTHES HALL Saturday October 31
YORK, FIBBERS Sunday November 1
CHESTERFIELD, REAL TIME LIVE Tuesday November 3
HULL, FRUIT Wednesday November 4
FROME, CHEESE AND GRAIN Friday November 6
SHOREHAM, ROPETACKLE ARTS Saturday November 7
LONDON, ISLINGTON O2 ACADEMY Wednesday November 11
BROMSGROVE, ARTRIX Thursday November 12
SALE, WATERSIDE ARTS CENTRE Friday November 13
MORCAMBE, THE PLATFORM Saturday November 14
SHREWSBURY, THEATRE SEVEN Sunday November 15
KING KING – BIOGRAPHY
King King are on a roll. Faced with their army of fans and armfuls of awards, it’s hard to believe that Alan Nimmo (vocals/guitar), Lindsay Coulson (bass), Wayne Proctor (drums) and Bob Fridzema (keys) have come so far, so fast. As Henry Yates of Classic Rock Blues notes, “King King are the hottest draw in British blues-rock”. Yet there’s no smoke and mirrors behind their five-year rise: just killer songs, performed with true passion, by a fist-tight lineup.
Right now, the Glasgow-based band stand on the brink of their busiest period to date, preparing to pull the trigger on their hotly anticipated third album, Reaching For The Light, and bring the music to fans across Europe. “Our schedule is so busy,” laughs Alan. “But you’ve just got to run with it.”
In short, there’s no time for backslaps, even as King King reflect on an astonishing early run. As a measure of the band’s impact, consider their five victories at the 2014 British Blues Awards, not least ‘Best Band’ (for a third consecutive year) and ‘Best Album’ for 2013’s ‘Standing In The Shadows’.
Add to that, the inclusion of Shadows in both The Blues Mag’s Top 50 Albums of 2013, and Paul Jones’ BBC Radio 2 end-of-year countdown (the only British album in the running). And now, with ‘Reaching For The Light’ due to land on May 5th, they’ll need to clear some space in the trophy cabinet.
Media plaudits are always welcome, but perhaps the most tangible evidence that King King are doing something right are the audiences who have roared them to the rafters across the planet. It’s quite a coup, in an era when we’re told that honest, dues-paying rock ‘n’ roll is on the ropes. But then, ever since their live debut shook the Monaghan Blues Festival back in 2010, it was obvious there was something special about this four-piece.
King King were never exactly a ‘new band’, of course. Alan was already a familiar face on the international blues circuit while Lindsay, Wayne and original keys man Bennett Holland were all first-choice musicians with pedigree and past-form. Yet critically, whereas many talented lineups become a tug-of-war between egos, King King soon hit on a winning team dynamic, with all four members creating synergy on the stage and sparking ideas in the studio.
First came 2011’s ‘Take My Hand’. Dubbed “tremendous, terrific” by Maverick Magazine, crowned Blues Album of the Month in Classic Rock, and ultimately scoring the band’s first British Blues Award for ‘Best Album’, it was one hell of an opening gambit – topped only by the release of ‘Standing In The Shadows’ in March 2013.
While lesser bands complain of ‘difficult second album syndrome’, this was a follow-up that bottled King King’s jaw-breaking live power, and underlined the lineup’s evolving songwriting on tracks from the tough More Than I Can Take to the tender Long History Of Love. The Classic Rock Blues Mag deemed it “a sure-fire hit”, and they were proved right, with demand for King King pulling the new lineup – now bolstered by Bob’s astonishing prowess on keys and organ – from Eastern Europe to Canada, for house-rocking sets that included the Ottawa and Mont Tremblant Blues Fests and the Canada AM show.
With King King, the soundbites and statistics only tell half the story. For conclusive proof of this band’s brilliance, you need only play the music – and the smart move is to start with their most powerful and personal album to date, ‘Reaching For The Light’. Co-written by all four members, recorded in snatches between touring commitments, and channeling everything from hard-rock to gospel, it’s another step up from a band with no reverse gear. “We’re really proud of this album,” says Alan. “It’s faster, louder, more energetic, more exciting. It’s got the potential to blow the roof off.”
No doubt, you’ll want to be there when it does. Alongside the release of ‘Reaching For The Light’ on May 5th, Alan, Lindsay, Wayne and Bob will be embarking on a continent-hopping tour schedule in 2015 that means there’s never been a better time to experience their magic from the front row. King King are moving fast. Catch them if you can…