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

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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.

Baltic Fleet Meltdown Flickr Montage

Baltic Fleet at Village Underground with Public Service Broadcasting

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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.

Baltic Fleet Village Underground

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

Baltic Fleet wins Liverpool GIT Award 2013

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Baltic Fleet Wins GIT Award

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

Alfa 9 Record Store Day In-Store & Hometown Headline

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Alfa 9 Record Store Day Music Mania Sugarmill

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

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 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


"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


More about Baltic Fleet here...

2012 Press Fay Hallam Bongolian Press Summary


"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


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

"A beautiful record" SHINDIG!


Read more about Alfa 9 here...

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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.

More info: blowupclub.comFacebook EventMap

Advance Tickets: SOLD OUT

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'Leaving For A Day' brand new Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck single

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Finally! A brand new single from Swedish indie-pop 8-piece Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck. 'Leaving For A Day' will be taken from a new edition of their debut album 'Days Come and Go' which will shortly be rereleased in an expanded form to include additional tracks. 

The video is a compilation of footage filmed during the bands last visit to the UK, including a Rough Trade East in-store, an appearance at Dot-To-Dot Festival Bristol, a support slot with Camera Obscura at King's College, a show at the Blow Up Metro Club on Oxford Street and an acoustic session at the V&A.

Read more: Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck / Facebook / Twitter
Buy single on iTunes

BLOW UP back in the USA: SF & LA October 2012

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In association with Record Club / Club Underground / Shake Appeal, Blow Up returns to California this October, with two 19th Birthday dates in Los Angeles at Club Underground and then San Francisco at The Monarch.

On Friday 26th October we're back with our friends at the excellent Club Underground at The Grand Star Jazz Club - LA's best indie night! Plus get your costume ready, as this week they'll be celebrating Halloween. Great Music, Candy, Costumes, Groovy Ghoulies, Spooky Photobooth, Horror Film Screening, Prizes & Halloween themed drinks!

And then on Monday 29th October we're back again in San Francisco at the lovely Monarch. Blow Up founder/DJ Paul Tunkin + rotating DJs Galine Tumasova (Shake Appeal) + Major Sean (Tailor Made, Club Leisure) + Liam Caton (Shake Appeal) and a special live performance by excellent The Bang girl group!

Plus as its our 19th anniversary party there'll be some Blow Up vinyl give aways at both events, so get down early!

Facebook links: Blow Up / Blow Up USA / RecordClubSacto / Club Underground / The Monarch

Twitter: Blow Up / Underground / Monarch



Blow Up Records at Oxjam Leicester, 20th October 2012

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Oxjam Leicester Blow Up

Blow Up Records is excited to be part of Oxjam this year, with 3 artists Baltic FleetThe Bongolian & David Woodcock all appearing live as part of the Leicester Music Takeover on October 20th:

David Woodcock 12.50-1.20pm Outdoor Stage

The Bongolian 7.30-8.30pm Outdoor Stage (headline)

Baltic Fleet  10.30-11.15pm The Exchange Bar (headline)

£8 Early Bird Tickets / £10 After more details at and

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David Lindup 'The Zodiac' spotted in new Fiat 500 Colour Therapy Ad: Exclusive Blend Volume 1

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'The Zodiac' by David Lindup featured on Blow Up presents Exclusive Blend Volume 1 and originally from the KPM music library spotted in new UK Fiat 500 ad 'Colour Therapy'. Read more about the Exclusive Blend Series here. Volume 1 is avialble on CD, LP and digital here.

Triumphs Of The Olympians EP: Free Download

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We're in the Olympic mood here at Blow Up HQ, and have compiled a 4 track EP of appropriately titled tracks.

...Yes its the 'Triumphs Of The Olympians EP' featuring The Bongolian, Big Boss Man (who have already dedicated title track to Wiggo), Neon Plastix and SILVERY. AND it's free for a very limited time from ...spread the word!

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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