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

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Tickets on sale now from:
See Tickets • Resident Advisor • Gigantic • Ticket Web • WeGotTickets • Stargreen

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Big Boss Man Last Man On Earth

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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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

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 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
 from: See Tickets  Resident Advisor  Gigantic  Ticket Web  WeGotTickets • More info

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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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Blow Up Bussey Building Oct 12th Peckham

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

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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 • Please arrive early!

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8pm-3am @ GINGLIK 1 Shepherd's Bush Green, London W12

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

Blow Up Club is 15 years old!

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It's official, last Thursday 16th October was exactly 15 years after the club opened its doors for the first time in Camden. Here's some of the nice things below that people have said over the years, and stay tuned for the Anniversary celebrations next year! If you've got any memories or photos from the last 15 years we'd love to hear from you too, drop us a line at webmaster [at] or on our facebook group / fan pages: Don't forget we're still on every Saturday at The Metro, and as usual arrive early!