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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 Last Man On Earth
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 SF: San Francisco Blow USA + Lost In Sound Launch

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Blow Up SF: New Monthly Run in San Fransisco & Lost In Sound Launch

Blow Up SF: San Fransisco & Lost In Sound Launch

Mod Soul New-Wave & Britpop Action For Pop Stylists!

Blow Up returns to SF and to the Monarch with a great line-up of DJs from the SF scene: Carlos Perez (Tailor Made), Major Sean (Tailor Made, Club Leisure), Galine Tumasova (Shake Appeal) & Russel Quan (Teenage Dance Craze) and a live show from The Chuckleberrys.

Plus FAY HALLAM & THE BONGOLIAN Record Release Party! (Blow Up Records) This is a brand new collaboration between Fay Hallam (Makin' Time, The Prime Movers, Phaze) and Blow Up Records' Nasser Bouzida (The Bongolian).

Please note event is 21+.

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DC FONTANA + ELECTRIC STARS + DAVID WOODCOCK live at BLOW UP – Fri 6th July

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Blow Up feat. DC Fontana + Electric Stars + David Woodcock

Blow Up feat. DC Fontana + Electric Stars + David-Woodcock

Blow Up's monthly West London residency at Ginglik in Shepherd's Bush with live guests this month DC Fontana and The Electric Stars. Plus Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin & Ian Jackson spinning their trademark mix of Pop Stylism, 60's Soul, Beat, Garage, Funk, Ska, Soundtracks, Electronica, Library Music colliding with British Pop, Glam, Indie-Pop and New-Wave.

More info: blowupclub.comFacebook EventMap
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DC Fontana live at Blow Up

DC Fontana live at Blow Up

Turned-on music to shake your hips & pluck your heartstrings… DC Fontanaare on a mission.The 2012 edition of the band is fronted by Louise Turner while founding member Mark Mortimer plays bass & is one of the two main song-writers along with Scott Riley who used to play with Spectrum, the psychedelic off-shoot of the Spacemen 3.With producer Donald Ross Skinner (Julian Cope, Prolapse, Salad, Cud etc) at the helm the DCs delivered the kitchen-sink drama Six Against Eight after camping inside the famous Parr Street Studios in Liverpool where they had been invited to record by legendary Echo & The Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant, a fan of the band.

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DC Fontana live at Blow Up

Electric Stars at Blow Up

THE ELECTRIC STARS Infectious melodies, lyrics that become part of your life & songs that you NEED to own! If there was a modern mash up of Stones/Who/Kinks/Beatles...This is what it would sound like!

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David Woodcock live at Blow Up

David Woodcock live at Blow Up

DAVID WOODCOCK New Blow Up Records' signing David Woodcock returns to Blow Up as part of his monthly residency. Expect great songs delivered in Dave's own inimitable Essex style. Best described as the closest thing to a knees-up with Chas'N'Dave and The Kinks' Ray Davies!

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BLOW UP SACRAMENTO: Saturday 28th April 2012

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BLOW UP returns to Sacramento!  With Cellar Doors (San Francisco) live, DJs Paul Tunkin (Blow Up founder) & Roger Carpio spinning Pop Stylism, 60′s Soul, Beat, Garage, Funk, Ska, Soundtracks, Electronica, Library Music colliding with British Pop, Glam, Indie-Pop and New-Wave. Plus a light show by George Holden (a lightshow artist since 1966 and one of the pioneers in the field. He first worked with Abecrombe Lights featured by Bill Graham at the original Fillmore West and Winterland shows in San Francisco). Art by Galine Tumasova!

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BLOW UP EASTER SPECIAL: SULK + FRACTURES + DAVID WOODCOCK + THEE ATTACKS + POWERSOLO + BLOW UP DJs

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Blow Up Easter Special: Sulk Fractures David Woodcock ar Ginglik with Blow Up DJs

Blow Up Easter Special: Sulk + Fractures + David Woodcock + Thee Attacks + Powersolo with Blow Up DJs

Blow Up's new monthly West London residency at Ginglik in Shepherd's Bush, continues with the BLOW UP EASTER SPECIAL on THURSDAY 5th APRIL (please note that we're usually the First Friday of the month - moved forward to Thursday for Good Friday). We've FIVE live bands for you this month: SULK, FRACTURES, DAVID WOODCOCK, THEE ATTACKS (dk) and POWERSOLO (DK). Plus of course Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin & Ian Jackson (and the occasional guest) spinning their trademark mix of Pop Stylism, 60's Soul, Beat, Garage, Funk, Ska, Soundtracks, Electronica, Library Music colliding with British Pop, Glam, Indie-Pop and New-Wave. ....

A celebration from the other side of Pop where the Kinks, Bowie, Blur share the dancefloor with current newcomers Pete & The Pirates, British Sea Power and Metronomy, all alongside Swinging Soundtracks & TV Themes (The Italian Job to Barbarella), 60s Exotica & Electronica (Jean-Jacques Perry), 60s Club Soul (Motown, Stax etc.), Northern Soul, Beat, Mod Jazz, French Pop (Jacques Dutronc, Bridget Bardot) and New Wave (XTC, Wire).

More info: blowupclub.comFacebook EventMap
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Sulk live at Blow Up

Sulk live at Blow Up

SULK

Under the rainy skies of London, the shining sounds of Britpop, Shoegaze and Psychedelia are back in bloom. Locked up in the back room of an east end gallery stirring up 90s inspired sonic harmonies, this five-piece's influences are less worn on their sleeves, than branded on their hearts. Bands such as The Stone Roses, Suede, Ride and The Verve are wholly evident, but this isn't nostalgia for old time's sake. It's a whitewash of powerful prettiness; with sun-drenched vocals, ethereal guitars and pounding drums, rooted in 90s vibes but with its eyes to the future...
"Epic, stadium-indie guitars, baggy beats and trippy lyrics, this Suede-meets-Oasis number sets Sulk far above other 1990s revivalists" The Independent, November 2011



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Fractures live at Blow Up

Fractures live at Blow Up

FRACTURES

"Reminiscent of Supergrass circa 'I Should Coco', Britpoppy [and] drenched in London" NME, 2011

"The kind of indie band that has become all but extinct in recent years" NME ones to watch 2012

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David Woodcock live at Blow Up

David Woodcock live at Blow Up

DAVID WOODCOCK

David Woodcock returns to Blow Up after his show at the club's 18th Birthday in November and will be heading up from the town of outstanding talent Southend-On-Sea. Expect great songs delivered in Dave's own inimitable Essex style. Best described as the closest thing to a knees-up with Chas'N'Dave and The Kinks' Ray Davies!

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Thee Attacks (dk) live at Blow Up

Thee Attacks (dk) live at Blow Up

THEE ATTACKS (DK)

Fresh from their stint at SXSW and signed to hip Danish label Crunchy Frog are Thee Attacks...



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Powersolo (dk) live at Blow Up

Powersolo (dk) live at Blow Up

POWERSOLO (DK)

Also signed to Crunchy Frog and first on tonight are Powersolo...

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BLOW UP CHRISTMAS PARTY: The Bongolian + Thee Faction + Blow Up DJs – Friday 2nd December

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Blow Up Christmas Party Ginglik

Blow Up Christmas Party, Firday 2nd December 2011: The Bongolian + Thee Faction Blow Up DJs

 

The 2nd of Blow Up's new monthly West London residency at Ginglik in Shepherd's Bush, and just in time for Christmas! Always guaranteed to get the party going is BIG BOSS MAN's Nasser Bouzida aka THE BONGOLIAN & his band, with support from THEE FACTION.

Plus of course Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin & Ian Jackson spinning their trademark mix of Pop Stylism, 60's Soul, Beat, Garage, Funk, Ska, Soundtracks, Electronica, Library Music colliding with British Pop, Glam, Indie-Pop and New-Wave. ....A celebration from the other side of Pop where the Kinks, Bowie, Blur share the dancefloor with current newcomers Pete & The Pirates, British Sea Power and Metronomy, all alongside Swinging Soundtracks & TV Themes (The Italian Job to Barbarella), 60s Exotica & Electronica (Jean-Jacques Perry), 60s Club Soul (Motown, Stax etc.), Northern Soul, Beat, Mod Jazz, French Pop (Jacques Dutronc, Bridget Bardot) and New Wave (XTC, Wire).

More info: blowupclub.comFacebook EventMap

Tickets £6 adv. from: Stargreen.comWe Got TicketsGiganticSeeTicketsTicketweb

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THE BONGOLIAN

 

The Bongolian 'Bongos For Beatniks'

THE BONGOLIAN will be playing tracks from his eagerly-awaited 4th album 'Bongos For Beatniks' released this May - a wildly eclectic rare groove fusion of Funk Soul Hammond Beat Jazz and a Sci-Fi Boogaloo. The first single from the album 'The Riviera Affair' was a BBC 6music Lunchtime Love and if you listen to Craig Charles you will have heard more than a few spins on his show too:

"A bakers dozen of gems. Bongo powered grooves at their very best. Preston Epps eat your heart out" SCOOTERING 'RECOMMENDED'

"Mightily funky. Part mod, part Sergio Mendes, very swingin" TIME OUT

The Bongolian Facebook Page Myspace Page on Spotify Last.fm

live this year at the Blow Up Easter Special:

 

'Bongos For Beatniks' album sampler:

 


THEE FACTION
Blistering, visceral socialist R&B with an explicit political agenda:

 

As good as Slade Alive. Yes, THAT good Chris Roberts, The Guardian

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Blow Up 18th Birthday – London, Friday November 4th

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BLOW UP 18TH BIRTHDAY PARTY & NEW MONTHLY RESIDENCY @ GINGLIK
FRIDAY 4th NOVEMBER 2011


BLOW UP is 18!  Blow Up is pleased to announce that it will be taking the club to other parts of London outside the West End, starting this Autumn with a new monthly residency at Ginglik in Shepherd's Bush, launching on Friday 4th November for Blow Up's 18th Birthday.

Blow Up's playlist is far from being defined by the Brit Pop genre it helped kick-start back 18 years ago in 1993: alongside live bands (early on in the night) expect to hear Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin, Ian Jackson (and the occasional guest) spinning 60's Soul, Beat, Garage, Funk, Ska, Soundtracks, Electronica, Library Music colliding with British Pop, Glam, Indie-Pop and New-Wave. A celebration from the other side of Pop where the Kinks, Bowie, Blur share the dancefloor with current newcomers Pete & The Pirates, British Sea Power and Metronomy, all alongside Blow Up's trademark mix of Swinging Soundtracks & TV Themes (The Italian Job to Barbarella), 60s Exotica & Electronica (Jean-Jacques Perry), 60s Club Soul (Motown, Stax etc.), Northern Soul, Beat, Mod Jazz, French Pop (Jacques Dutronc, Bridget Bardot) and New Wave (XTC, Wire).

Live guests Dave Woodcock & The Splinters + The Little Bleeders. Dave Woodcock & The Splinters return to Blow Up after their show in September and will be heading up from the town of outstanding talent Southend-On-Sea. Expect great songs delivered in Dave's own inimitable Essex style. Best described as the closest thing to a knees-up with Chas'N'Dave and The Kinks' Ray Davies! The Little Bleeders are a four piece, proto-punk garage band; Rock and roll waifs and strays who came together in the pursuit of music with blood pumping through its veins. Classic influences from The Stooges, The Kinks, The Beatles, The Stones, Surf, 60's Garage Rock, Delta Blues, Scott Walker.

Please note: live guests will be on early.

Advance tickets £6: stargreen • wegottickets.com  gigantic.com  seetickets.comticketweb.com Please arrive early!

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FRIDAY 4th NOVEMBER
BLOW UP 18TH BIRTHDAY PARTY!!
BLOW UP DJs + LIVE GUESTS TBA
8pm-3am @ GINGLIK 1 Shepherd's Bush Green, London W12

NEXT DATES @ GINGLIK:
BLOW UP CHRISTMAS PARTY with THE BONGOLIAN - Friday 2nd December 2011
Friday 6th January 2012  Friday 3rd Febuary 2012

Blow Up at Latitude Festival 2011 - Sunday 17th July

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Blow Up at Latitude Festival 2011


Blow Up at Latitude Festival 2011

Blow Up will be seeing out the last night at Latitude Festival on July 17th in the Comedy Arena…

"A wild celebration from the other side of Pop where the Kinks, Bowie, Blur share the dancefloor with current newcomers Pete & The Pirates, British Sea Power and Metronomy, all alongside Blow Up's trademark mix of Swinging Soundtracks & TV Themes (The Italian Job to Barbarella), 60s Exotica & Electronica (Jean-Jacques Perry), 60s Club Soul (Motown, Stax etc.), Northern Soul, Beat, Mod Jazz, French Pop (Jacques Dutronc, Bridget Bardot) and New Wave (XTC, Wire). Club founder & DJ Paul Tunkin will be joined by long-time co-resident DJ Mr. Ian Jackson who both guarantee to keep you dancing 'til dawn (well 2am!)"

Stay tuned for Blow Up's 18th Birthday later this year.

More info & tickets:  latitudefestival.co.uk * blowupclub.com * facebook event

Baltic Fleet live at Rough Trade Shops Curates: Sensoria 2011 - Saturday 30th April

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Baltic Fleet Rough Trade Shops Curate Sensoria 2011Baltic Fleet @ Sensoria 2011

Rough Trade Shops will be curating a night at this years Sensoria with a live performance from Baltic Fleet and Rough Trade Shops DJS - FREE ENTRY.

Baltic Fleet's eponymous debut was a Rough Trade East Album of the year back in 2008, and they'll also be showcasing new material from the forthcoming 2nd album:

"A faultless piece of instumental music that captures the spirit of Eno, NEU! all the way through to modern post rock and chamber music. The album swerves from haunting piano pieces ala donnie darko full of melancholy to driving upbeat kraut inspired propulsive grooves" ROUGH TRADE
"BUNNYMAN HAS FUN ON THE AUTOBAHN - Sombre, Sigur Ros-like post-rock, fuzzy bass grooves [and] energising NEU!-style motorik" UNCUT

Read more:  http://blowup.co/BalticFleetSensoria11 / Connect with Baltic Fleet: Baltic Fleet Facebook Page Baltic Fleet on Myspace Baltic Fleet on Last.fm Baltic Fleet on Spotify

Blow Up Easter Special: 21st April feat. live: The Bongolian + Special Needs + Silvery + Blow Up DJs

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Blow Up Easter Special 2011: The Bongolian + Special Needs + Silvery

Blow Up Easter Special 2011

Following February's sell-out HMV Next Big Thing night, Blow Up returns to its one-off events with an Easter Special at Madame JoJo's on Thursday 21st April. This will be the first of several larger club events for 2011 in the UK and abroad featuring special live guests.

Playing live: THE BONGOLIAN who will be releasing his 4th album 'Bongos For Beatniks' in May and SILVERY who's recent single 'Two Halves Of The Same Boy' has been going down a storm on 6music. Plus, just addeded SPECIAL NEEDS return after a five year hiatus and will be joining the bill for the Easter Special.

Plus resident Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin & Ian Jackson will also be spinning their trademark mix of Orgasmic Pop / 60s Mod & Soul / New Wave. Expect to hear a selection of British Pop from Beatles to Bowie to Blur alongside 60s Soul, Garage, Ska, Beat, Latin Soul, Swinging Soundtracks, YeYe and Psychedelic Pop Electronique.

Event info: BLOWUPCLUB.COMFACEBOOK.COM/BLOWUPFACEBOOK EVENTMadame JoJo's

Advance Tickets: stargreen.comgigantic.comwegottickets.comseetickets.comticketweb.co.ukhmvtickets
In person: Stargreen Box Office 20/21A Argyll Street London W1F 7TT (Oxford Circus)
Sister Ray 34-35 Berwick Street, London W1F 8RP (Oxford Circus / Piccadilly Circus)


The Bongolian 'Bongos For Beatniks'

The Bongolian 'Bongos For Beatniks'

THE BONGOLIAN blends elements of Funk, Soul and Jazz with grinding percussion and heavy Bongo rhythms, resulting in dirty percussive bongo driven Funk and Spaced-out Latin Soul. His releases have become recordbox essentials for DJs, finding a wide appeal from Dance and Hip-Hop to rare groove and funky 45s fans, and to date The Bongolian and his band have toured USA, UK and Europe. The Bongolian releases his 4th album 'Bongos For Beatniks' on May 9th, and the first single 'The Riviera Affair' was a recent Lunchtime Love on Nemone's BBC 6music show.

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"Nasser Bouzida is a man with talent to spare. A Latin-flavoured jazz-funk odyssey" Q Magazine
"Forget your preconceptions, this is the REAL incredible bongo band" CLASH
"Mightily funky. Part mod, part Sergio Mendes, very swingin" TIME OUT

Special Needs live at Blow Up Easter Special

Special Needs

Just added to bill! SPECIAL NEEDS. Special Needs return after a five year hiatus and will be joining the bill for the Blow Up Easter Special. On January 1st 2011, the band announced via Facebook that they had reformed with Nicholas Bukowski (formerly of The Rocks) replacing Neil Allan on drums, and after playing several London shows this year they will now be playing at Blow Up's Easter Special. The band played Blow up promoted shows at The Metro Club back in 2002, and during the mid-noughties recorded for Alan McGee's Poptones label and signed to Mercury Records.

Special Needs Facebook Page

"Pure-bred pop class" ★ ★ ★ ★ NME
"Very special indeed" What's On in London 'Album Of The Week' - 4 out of 4
"Mixing shambolic indie-rock with dashes of doo-wop harmonies and girl-group backchat, they sound alternately like wide-eyed and legless dreamers, and impassioned, vainglorious self-believers"
The Independent On Sunday
"Full of punk self-belief, angular guitars and most remarkably, a perfect pop sensibility"
The Sun 3.5 out of 5

Silvery - Railway Architecture

Silvery 'Railway Architecture'

SILVERY are an eccentric London four-piece whose music has been described as anything from Artrock, to Glam to Britpop. Lead singer and songwriter James Orman immerses us in a unmistakeably English world of Victoriana and wit. This show follows a headline spot at Club NME @ Koko in January, and comes just before the release of their new single 'Two Halves Of The Same Boy'. Playlisted on BBC 6Music (15/1/2011) the third from their critically acclaimed second album 'RailwayArchitecture'.

SILVERYTHEBAND.COM

Silvery Facebook Page Silvery Facebook Group Silvery on Myspace Silvery TWITTER Silvery on Last.fm Silvery on Spotify


"Exhilarating art-pop from band bordering on greatness" ★ ★ ★ ★ UNCUT
"Hunt down this album" ★ ★ ★ ★ Artrocker
"Genius twisted pop. A truly original pop masterpiece" ★ ★ ★ ★ BIG CHEESE
"Stylish, literate and witty but properly hook-aware" TIME OUT

Big Boss Man live at Blow Up - Saturday May 29th 2010

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Big Boss Man live at Blow Up

Big Boss Man live at Blow Up, 29th May 2010

Just confirmed at Blow Up are Blow Up Records' very own Big Boss Man - on stage 10.30pm (doors 10pm). The band are fresh back from their 2010 tour of Spain , and along side favourites such as 'Sea Groove' and 'Party 7′, Big Boss Man will be playing tracks from their 3rd album 'Full English Beat Breakfast'. Followed by resident Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin & Ian Jackson more…