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

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.COM • FACEBOOK.COM/BLOWUP • FACEBOOK EVENT • Madame JoJo’s Advance Tickets: • • • • • hmvtickets 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 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. “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 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. “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 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 “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