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

Blow Up 20th Anniversary Party feat Big Boss Man + Baltic Fleet + TRANS live + Paul Tunkin + the Karminsky Experience + Ian Witchell + Bussey Building

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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 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

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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"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
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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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19931016 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
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'Toire De' Baltic Fleet live featuring Public Service Broadcasting

Just uploaded this week - Baltic Fleet performing 'Toire De' from his new album 'Towers' back in May at Village Underground joined onstage by Public Service Broadcasting (Baltic Fleet's Paul Fleming later joined PSB for their last number 'Everest'). The sold-out show was supporting Public Service Broadcasting and they'll be playing with them again at Hebden Bridge Trade Club on June 22nd.

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Baltic Fleet's show at Yoko Ono's Meltdown Festival

Last Friday we headed down to London's Southbank Centre to catch both of Baltic Fleet's sets at the opening night of Yoko Ono's Meltdown Festival as well as the lady herself in Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono band, joined onstage by Peaches.

Baltic Fleet's set was described by Bloomberg as "the psychedelic mid-point between Joy Division and Daft Punk". The band caught up with Sean Lennon at the aftershow too - check out the photos on Flickr.

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Baltic Fleet at Village Underground with Public Service Broadcasting

Baltic Fleet performing new single 'The Wilds' (with a nod to Daft Punk) live at the Village Underground last month on. The sold-out show was supporting Public Service Broadcasting and they'll be playing with them again at Hebden Bridge Trade Club on June 22nd.



You can check out photos from the show on Flickr. If you have any photos yourself you can add them to the Baltic Fleet Flickr group here.

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Baltic Fleet at Yoko Ono's Meltdown Festival

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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

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Baltic Fleet at Liverpool Sound City 2013

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We managed to grab a few shots of Baltic Fleet at the closing night of this year's Liverpool Sound City - more over here on Flickr.

Plus there's a nice write up of the show thanks to Louder Than War here

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Baltic Fleet wins Liverpool GIT Award 2013

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We headed up to Liverpool on Friday to see our very own Baltic Fleet named the winner of the 'Scouse Mercury Prize' aka Liverpool's GIT Music Award 2013. Baltic Fleet's Paul Fleming received his award from the Liverpool Echo's Peter Guy, The Quietus' John Doran and Q Magazine's Andrew Harrison. Here's what they said....

"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; Northern working class cities which thrive on industry and making things happen. Flawless electronic melodies, breezeblock beats and an effortless futuristic edge"

Baltic Fleet said "Can't explain how much this means. An amazing night for Merseyside culture. Respect to everyone involved who made it happen. Best City in The World"

Merseyside's premier music prize, The GIT Award plays host to 12 shortlisted artists who compete for the £1000 prize and the chance to play Yoko Ono's Meltdown Festival at London's Southbank CentreThe shortlist was then decided by a 12-strong judging panel comprising respected music industry figures including BBC 6 Music presenter and son of John Peel, Tom Ravenscroft, the editor of rock and pop music bible Q Magazine, Liverpool-born Andrew HarrisonMatt WilkinsonNME's new music editor, leading UK music website,The Quietus' editor, John Doran plus the cornerstones of Liverpool's music and arts scene. The twelve nominees were: Baltic Fleet, Barberos, By The Sea, Nadine Carina, Clinic, Conan, Dan Croll, John Heckle, Jetta, Tyler Mensah, Stealing Sheep, Wave Machines

The Justice Collective won the Inspiration Award for their Christmas No. 1 and tireless work in supporting the fight for JFT96. Tyler Mensah won the People's Choice Award. 

More photos on Flickr and Facebook

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Alfa 9 Record Store Day In-Store & Hometown Headline

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After Friday's GIT Awards in Liverpool we headed across to Stoke-On-Trent to see Alfa 9 celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday in their hometown with an instore gig at their local record shop Music Mania playing tracks from their new album 'Gone To Ground' followed by a headline show at The Sugarmill.

More photos on Flickr and Facebook

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Stereo Total back at Blow Up! London February 8th 2013

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Advance tickets have now sold out for tonight. For those who wish only to attend the late night club session without seeing the bands there will be a VERY limited amount of reduced price tickets at £5 on the door from 11pm. This will only allow entry after the bands have finished playing, and again is strictly first come first served.

Stereo Total will return to Blow Up on February 8th 2013 for a one-off London show at The Macbeth. The 5th time our favourite electro-duo have played at the club who are flying in from Germany especially.

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.

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Advance Tickets: SOLD OUT

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