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Blow Up is 21!

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21 Years ago today Blow Up opened its doors for the first time in the upstairs room of The Laurel Tree, Camden Town, London. Anyone remember this Select Magazine article about Blow Up that came out the following summer in 1994? ‪#‎ForThe90sSwingingLondon‬ Stay tuned for further announcements...

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David Hemmings spotted near Blow Up in Peckham ...c.1966

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David Hemmings spotted near Blow Up! (c.1966) Must be fate... our current venue of choice The CLF Art Cafe (aka The Bussey Building) in Peckham features in the opening scenes of the film of the same name Blow Up ... we're back there this Saturday!

New Blow Up Shop: Vinyl, Digital, Posters, Rarities & More...

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We're pleased to announce the launch of our all new Blow Up online shop! We've teamed up with Greedbag so you can now buy all your Blow Up releases on all formats in one place online as well as posters and T-Shirts, plus there's a new rarities section including the original promo posters pictured above - available to buy for the first time!

Vinyl & CDs: All* Vinyl & CDs now come with free MP3 Download More »

Posters & Rarities: See what we've found in our warehouse - including rare promotional posters (pictured above), limited vinyl and more! More »

MP3s & WAVs:  You can now get your downloads directly from us - choose from MP3s or lossless WAVs More »

Blow Up 20th Anniversary Party Snaps, London Feb 15th

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Thank you to everyone who made it to the Blow Up 20th Anniversary last week and to all the bands Baltic Fleet, Trans, Big Boss Man and DJ's who performed. It was great to see so many old faces from far and wide - it was a blast!

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TRANS confirmed with Baltic Fleet and Big Boss Man for Blow Up 20th Anniversary Party - Feb. 15th 2014

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BIG BOSS MAN

A Hip Hammond hybrid of 60's and 70's drenched R'n'B, Funk, Latin, Jazz, Soul and Pop. Big Boss Man are currently in the studio putting the final touches to their fourth album due out this year on Blow Up Records, and alongside brand new tracks expect such classics such as 'Sea Groove' and 'Party 7' which have won them fans worldwide. Their last album 'Full English Beat Breakfast' was described as: 

"Effortlessly hip" **** - Echoes 

"Their best album yet" **** - Record Collector 

"Big Boss Man are back and groovier than ever" Clash 

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"Baltic
BALTIC FLEET

Described as 'psychedelic post-punk krautrock', GIT-Award winner and Liverpool Music Awards Nominee (Best Album 'Towers', 2013) Baltic Fleet is the moniker of multi-instrumentalist and DIY producer Paul Fleming (ex-Bunnymen) who recently returned with his second album 'Towers' which was described as:

"Immense. Fleming has upped the ante on an already stellar debut" Rough Trade Shops 'Album Of The Week' & 'Albums Of The Month'

"A sublimely cinematic blend of kosmische musik, dream pop"  9/10 Subba-Cultcha

"One of the finest records from Liverpool in years" Liverpool Echo 

"Fascinating, soulful electronica" Mojo

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TRANS live at Blow Up
TRANS

We're pleased to announce that Bernard Butler and Jackie McKeown’s new project TRANS will be playing on February 15th. They will shortly be releasing their second EP on Rough Trade Records.

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Blow Up 2013 Review

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This year saw the Blow Up Club launch a brand new residency at The Bussey Building in Peckham, London and in October the club reached it's 20th Anniversary (read more) - we'll be celebrating officially on Saturday 15th February 2014.

Over at Blow Up Records, 2013 saw Baltic Fleet win this year's Liverpool GIT Award, be nominated for Liverpool Music Awards Album of The Year (along side Miles Kane and Ian Skelly) and perform at Yoko Ono's Meltdown. more / listen...

After a long haitus Alfa 9 returned with the stripped back West-Coast influenced second album Gone To Ground and swung back into live action. more / listen...

2013 also saw two debut releases for new signings Daiquiri Fantomas and David Woodcock. Sicilian experimental duo Daiquiri Fantomas released their debut album 'MHz Invasion' this August, including the fantastic 'Moogchile' described as 'Air meets John Barry'. more / listen... Essex-based singer-songwriter David Woodcock released his debut single 'Same Things', and the ltd. 7" 'Tease' more / listen...

Whilst Fay Hallam continued her UK & European tour dates in support of last year's 'Lost In Sound' more / listen...
Meanwhile both Big Boss Man and The Bongolian have been touring around Europe, whilst The Bongolian returned for two storming sets at Blow Up this October and December.

BLOW UP 2013 TRACK HIGHLIGHTS ON YOUTUBE

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Baltic Fleet

"Immense"
ROUGH TRADE SHOPS ALBUM OF THE WEEK & AN ALBUM OF THE MONTH

"Exceptional motorik beats" NME

"A sublimely cinematic blend of kosmische musik,
dream pop"
9/10 SUBBA-CULTCHA

"Something very special indeed"
CRACK MAGAZINE

"One of the finest records from Liverpool in years"
LIVERPOOL ECHO

AN ALBUM OF THE YEAR: LOUDER THAN WAR, VIVE LE ROCK, CRACK MAGAZINE, LIVERPOOL ECHO, RESIDENT RECORDS & MORE...

BALTIC FLEET 

Following on from the critical success of the second album 'Towers', this April Baltic Fleet won Liverpool's GIT Award (other nominees included Clinic, Dan Croll, Stealing Sheep and Wave Machines), and was invited to play the opening night of Yoko Ono's Meltdown this June at London's Southbank Centre:

"The judges believe that Towers captured the sprawling vitality of contemporary music and married this to a sonic landscape which is indicative of its birth. Flawless electronic melodies, breezeblock beats and an effortless futuristic edge"

Although Baltic Fleet is essentially the solo recording project of Paul Fleming, his live band have since played around the UK and Europe, shows including Liverpool International Festival Of PsychedeliaSoundcitySheffield Sensoria, Norwich S&V. This year they've played with Public Service Broadcasting (caught in action performing 'The Wilds' and 'Toire De'), Hookworms andThe Portico Quartet more ...

OUR TOP TRACKS: Headless HeroesFrosklia

LISTEN:
Towers - 2nd album (YouTube | Download/Buy
Baltic Fleet - debut album (YouTube | Download/Buy

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Daiquiri Fantomas

"A fascinating combination of sounds, drawing from the last half-century of electronic music"
Shindig!


"Like John Barry who's just taken delivery of a new Moog. Very filmic" 
RADCLIFFE & MACONIE, BBC 6MUSIC

"You wouldn't blink if someone told you it was from the Sheffield-era Warp label. Or Air" 
The Guardian New Band Of The Day

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This August Daiquiri Fantomas released 'MHz Invasion', the debut album from the Sicilian experimental Avant-Pop duo Marco Barrano and Dario Sanguedolce. A mainly instrumental cocktail of ideas with a Retro-Futuristic flavour, encompassing Prog, Sci-Fi movie soundtracks & Kosmische (youtube album sampler).

Single 'Moogchile' described as 'Air meets John Barry' receiving spot plays on BBC 6 Music from Don Letts, Gideon Coe, Radcliffe and Maconie and Chris Hawkins and Huey Morgan on BBC Radio 2. more ...

OUR FAVOURITE TRACKS: MoogchileLogarhythm

LISTEN:
MHz Invasion - debut album (YouTube | Download/Buy


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Alfa 9

"A pillow of jangly guitars and sweet harmonies.
A beautiful record" 
Shindig!

"A sublime mix of 12-string led summer-breeze pop, an outstanding melodic soundtrack of skilfully crafted songs" 8 Out of 10  - Vive Le Rock

"The Stoke songsmiths are back, and it's been well worth the wait"  CLASSIC ROCK

AN ALBUM OF THE YEAR: VIVE LE ROCK, PODROPHENIA, ACTIVE LISTENER, POP JUNKIE
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After a long haitus Alfa 9 followed their highly acclaimed debut with ‘Gone To Ground’ a much more stripped back affair, the most recent single from which 'El Morocco' was playlisted for 4 weeks on BBC 6 Music (1.9 million listeners UK & Worldwide) (other singles receiving numerous spot plays). They now haveBBC Radio sessions under their belt for 6 MusicBBC Stoke andBBC Liverpool.

The band have swung back into live action with dates up and down the UK including the Annual Liverpool Psych Fest and a support for Poltergeist in December more ...

OUR FAVOURITE TRACKS: El MoroccoSeedless

LISTEN:
Gone To Ground - 2nd album (YouTube | Download/Buy
Then We Begin - debut album (YouTube | Download/Buy

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Fay Hallam & The Bongolian

"[A] match made in heaven hark back to when pop music had a whole heap of soul and backbone!
Addictive stuff

4 STARS - BLUES & SOUL

"An immediate pleasure, and wonderfully seductive" SHINDIG!

"Time-defying soul" 9/10 VIVE LE ROCK

AN ALBUM OF THE YEAR: VIVE LE ROCK & PODROPHENIA

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Fay Hallam and Nasser Bouzida AKA 'The Bongolian' met when both playing a live show at Blow Up, and they soon discovered that they both shared a serious passion for 60's Hammond Beat and Soul. On 'Lost In Sound', their first collaboration, they immersed themselves in the music they both love, from Bossa Nova, heavier 70's grooves, Latin and Northern Soul, with a choice of classic instruments including old Rhodes, Wurlitzer and Hammond C3 keyboards and other vintage equipment, mixing in some analogue synths. The album was released to critcal acclaim and Fay Hallam continues to tour the album in both the UK and Europe with more dates lined up for 2014
more ...

OUR FAVOURITE TRACKS: DancingFreefall

LISTEN:
Lost In Sound - debut album (YouTube | Download/Buy

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David Woodcock

"A great little pop record" 
STEVE LAMACQ, BBC 6MUSIC

"Essex has a bit of form when it comes to delivering maverick pop geniuses with a gift for mixing a smidgeon of music hall with a dash of 60s pop and creating inspired, but intelligent tunes"BRANDISH.TV

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David Woodcock is a singer song writer based in his hometown of Southend-on Sea, who recently signed to Blow Up in 2012 and he has just finished recording his debut album, due for release early 2014

A pianist and prolific writer, with a strong local following around the pubs and clubs of Southend, he has been building up a solid songbook of sharp lyrics and great melodies that are have been distilled into his debut more ...

OUR FAVOURITE TRACKS: Same Things

LISTEN:
Same Things - debut single (YouTube Download/Buy
Beggars Can't Be Choosers / Tease - 2nd single (YouTube |Download/Buy

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Blow Up First Flyer 20 Years
October 16th this year marked exactly 20 years to the day when doors opened to the Blow Up club for the first time. Since then it has become a bona-fide legendary club night, being at the centre of the early to mid Nineties Brit Pop explosion, cited as the catalyst and birth place of the Brit Pop scene and influencing the style and sound of a generation. Blow Up was voted as No.4 in Time Out's Top Ten Clubs of the 90s, one of '5 Classic Clubs of Out Time' by Vox Magazine (alongside The Blitz Club and Shoom) and as 'The club that changed the world' by Melody Maker. More recently Blow Up appeared in Time Out's London Calling which described the club as "the breeding gournd of the Brit Pop sound" and in NME's Original's Top Ten Britpop Moments. From its origins at The Laurel Tree, Camden Town (1993-1996), to Soho venues the Wag Club (1996-2001) the Metro Club (2002-2009), and through various London venues since (2009-2013), Blow Up is one of London's longest running club nights. We've hosted events in Europe, and further afield, with events in USA, Russia and Japan, whilst the Blow Up club compilations ('Blow Up A-Go-Go!' and 'Blow Up presents Exclusive Blend') have proved popular worldwide.

See more: Blow Up press here and flyers in the Blow Up scrapbook here

There is nowhere else quite like Blow Up, and in many ways it’s still unique. ‘Blow Up may be inspired by the ’60s,’ wrote Time Out years ago, ‘but their night could run and run.’ It looks set to do just that.
Time Out London, January 2009 

"Year after year, Blow Up just seems to get better" The Evening Standard 

No.4: Time Out's Top Ten Club's of The 90s 


"The club that changed the world" Melody Maker 

"This is the night which spawned a thousand bands, inspiring fashion designers and stylists to recreate the look for the mainstream" The Guest List 

"Legendary" Time Out, Evening Standard, NME 

The Roxy, Blitz Club, Shoom, Syndrome & Blow Up: Vox Magazine's 5 Classic Clubs of our Time 


"The London clubland institution" The Guardian Guide

Merry Christmas from Blow Up

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Merry Christmas from Blow Up 2013

 
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM BLOW UP!!

Read on below for what's been happening in 2013 at Blow Up featuring:
BALTIC FLEET / ALFA 9 / DAIQUIRI FANTOMAS / DAVID WOODCOCK FAY HALLAM and...
20 YEARS OF BLOW UP
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Need an antidote to the Festive cheer? Here's little melancholy indie-pop video for Christmas from Sweden's Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck shot a few days ago in Stockholm.
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COMING UP in 2014 - Stay Tuned:
FEB. 15th - BLOW UP 20th ANNIVERSARY feat. STEREO TOTAL + BIG BOSS MAN *Just Announced*

Blow Up 20th Anniversary Party February 2014 - Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now

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Blow Up 20 Early BirdOctober 16th this year marked exactly 20 years to the day when doors opened to Blow Up for the first time. Celebrate our Anniversary with us this February when we'll be taking over two floors at The Bussey Building!

More TBA soon but there's a limited amount of early bird tickets on sale today
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BLOW UP : 20 Years Old Today!

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Blow Up - it all started 20 years ago today! Saturday 16th October 1993 in the upstairs of the Laurel Tree in Camden! And we're pleased to announce that our official 20th Birthday Bash will be on February 15th 2014 at The Bussey Building - stay tuned! 

And a massive thanks to everyone who made it down to Blow Up for a packed night at the Bussey Building on Saturday! And of course to The Bongolian + David Woodcock + D.B Cohen and our own Paul Tunkin on deck duties - we'll be back before February for our Christmas Party on Saturday 14th December!

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Blow Up comes to The Bussey Building This October

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Blow Up Bussey Building Oct 12th Peckham


We're pleased to announce that the Blow Up club will be launching at the Bussey Building in Peckham on Saturday 12th October (followed by December 14th and February 15th) for a new bi-monthly residency as part of our Anniversary celebrations! 

With Blow Up DJ & founder Paul Tunkin plus live guests guests The Bongolian, David Woodcock and DB Cohen.

Expect classic tracks from both Blow Up’s past and present: from Brit Pop era favourites (the scene which the club helped kick-start way back in 1993 in Camden Town) to the current new Pop stylists putting the art back into pop . . . Brit Pop, Glam, Mod & New Wave colliding with 60's Soul, Beat, Garage, Funk, Ska, Swinging Soundtracks, Hammond Heavy Jazz, Easy Listening & Ye-Ye!

More info coming soon - check out our website & follow us on Facebook &Twitter for the latest updates...

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Daiquiri Fantomas 'MHz Invasion' Album Sleeve Revealed

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Daiquiri Fantomas MHz Invasion Sleeve

Daiquiri Fantomas Lanscape

The sleeve for 'MHz Invasion', the debut from Sicilian experimental Avant-Pop duo Daiquiri Fantomas, was created by in-house Blow Up designer Claudia Arnold and shot on location in Lanzarote, where the volcanic landscape echoes that of Daiquiri Fantomas own Sicily. The large uninhabited volcanic areas of the island make a perfect stand in for the barren but beautiful lunar worlds that 'MHz Invasion' hint at.

Find out more about Daiquiri Fantomas here and watch the album trailer below...

David Woodcock Debut Single 'Same Things' Free Download for Limited Time

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David Woodcock Same Things


'Same Things' is the debut single from David Woodcock, released on Monday 29th July. This is the first fruits from the forthcoming and currently being completed debut album from Mr Woodcock, due for release this Autumn.

'Same Things' is available for a limited free download from DavidWoodcockMusic.com and his facebook page here

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Baltic Fleet at Yoko Ono's Meltdown Festival

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Baltic Fleet Yoko Ono's Meltdown

As Liverpool's GIT Music Award winner Baltic Fleet are now confirmed to play at the opening night of Yoko Ono's Meltdown Festival at Southbank Centre on June 14th 2013 as part of Meltdown Future Sounds!

"Yoko Ono has long been a supporter of new music, and this year's Meltdown offers two new acts an opportunity to play the festival, including this year's GIT award-winner, Baltic Fleet"

They will be playing two FREE sets at 6.30pm and after the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band's set (10.30pm approx tbc) in the Royal Festival Hall Ballroom.

more Baltic Fleet live dates here

Alfa 9 'Gone To Ground' - The New Album Out Now

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Alfa 9's second album 'Gone To Ground' is released today! The band have signed the first 100 copies, but they'll only by available from the official Blow Up / Alfa 9 shop - click here to order yours! The album is available from all good stockists including Amazon.co.uk and to download from stores including iTunes ... More stockists here...

Plus you can buy their other releases, including other limited goodies. There are even a few copies of their first album 'Then We Begin' on vinyl signed by the first line-up.

 

Alfa 9 live in London - first show in 4 years

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Alfa 9 live This Feeling

Alfa 9 went down a storm last Saturday at This Feeling at what was their first gig in 4 years. They made a few friends along the way! The band have 2 dates lined up in their hometown Stoke, and will be back in London in 2 weeks time to support Cornershop live dates here ...

More photos from the gig on Flickr and Facebook...

Alfa 9 'Gone To Ground' Limited Signed Albums

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Alfa 9 Signing Gone To Ground

Alfa 9's second album 'Gone To Ground' gets its official release on March 11th and the band will be signing the first 100 copies, but they'll only by available from the official Blow Up / Alfa 9 shopclick here to pre-order to guarantee yours!

Plus you can buy their other releases, including other limited goodies. There are even a few copies of their first album 'Then We Begin' on vinyl signed by the first line-up.

Blow Up Records & Club Year Review 2012

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Here’s what we've been up to at Blow Up in 2012... Blow Up Records releases included the critically acclaimed Baltic Fleet album ‘Towers’, ‘Lost In Sound’ from Fay Hallam & The Bongolian (their very first collaboration), meanwhile the year also saw the return of the mighty Alfa 9 who have been picking up some great early press for their second album 'Gone To Ground' which is out in March 2013. All three appearing in end of year polls for 2012. Sweden’s Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck returned with the single ‘Leaving For A Day’ and a last minute Christmas track ‘This Year’ and there were  two new signings to the label for David Woodock and Daiquiri Fantomas, so stay tuned in 2013 for releases from these!

The Blow Up club headed back to the USA twice this year, with shows in LA, San Francisco and Sacramento. And in October Blow Up took part in the annual Oxjam series of shows in Leicester. Plus our London residency in West London carried on from 2011 with live guests including Sulk, The Fractures, Thee Faction, Fay Hallam, David Woodcock, B-Movie....

Read more below....

2012 Baltic Fleet 'Towers' Press Summary

BALTIC FLEET 'TOWERS'...

"Immense. Fleming has upped the ante on an already stellar debut,"
Rough Trade Shops 'Album of the week' & 'Albums of the MONTH'

"Exceptional motorik beats" NME

"A sublimely cinematic blend of kosmische musik and dream pop" 9/10 Subba-Cultcha

"Something very special indeed" Crack Magazine

"One of the finest records from Liverpool in years" Liverpool echo

"A wonderfully well rounded and complete album"
Louder Than War 'Album Of The Week' & an Album Of The Year

AN ALBUM OF THE YEAR: LOUDER THAN WAR, VIVE LE ROCK, CRACK MAGAZINE, LIVERPOOL ECHO, RESIDENT RECORDS & MORE...

More about Baltic Fleet here...

2012 Press Fay Hallam Bongolian Press Summary

FAY HALLAM & THE BONGOLIAN 'LOST IN SOUND'...

"A match made in heaven. It's timeless and that's the secret ...addictive stuff" ★★★★ Blues & Soul

"An immediate pleasure, and wonderfully seductive" Shindig!

AN ALBUM OF THE YEAR: VIVE LE ROCK & 'DANCING' Podrophenia Single Of The Year


More about Fay Hallam & The Bongolian here...

2012 Alfa 9 Press Summary

ALFA 9 'GONE TO GROUND'...

"The Stoke songsmiths are back, and it's been well worth the wait" CLASSIC ROCK

"A beautiful record" SHINDIG!

EARLY ALBUMS OF THE YEAR: VIVE LE ROCK, PODROPHENIA, ACTIVE LISTENER, POP JUNKIE...

Read more about Alfa 9 here...

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