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Blow Up Metro Club venue to close - January 2009

***************************************** METRO CLUB TO CLOSE – January 2009 ***************************************** On Tues 20th Jan 2009 The Metro Club, 19-23 Oxford Street, London will close. This is due to the proposed Tottenham Court Road Station extension. We have been notified by Transport For London that the venue is to be acquired by a compulsory purchase order, under the Crossrail Act. Although the rumblings of Crossrail have been going on for many years it has come up far quicker than any of us could have expected. At present we are looking for new premises to relocate the venue to but have yet to find one suitable. Ultimately it is another nail in the coffin for Central London’s live music and club scene. And when you are about to be served 28 days notice just before Christmas you have to ask why not give people more time to relocate? Why destroy successful businesses when in a recession? Why the hurry? Where is the Westend heading? The final club night of The Metro Club will be Sat 17th January 2009, which will be the Blow Up Club night, currently in it’s 15th year. Blow Up took over the running of The Metro Club as a separate venture to our club night and record label on November 5th 2001, just as the new new wave of bands were about to really start making their moves, many of them at the venue. From debut UK appearances from The Killers, Kings of Leon, to early shows from Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kaiser Chiefs, to hundreds of other new and breaking acts as well as a few legendary characters making an appearances such as Dion’s first and only UK show in 18 years in 2007 and madcap krautrockers Faust. And to name a few from the pop world: MIKA (first ever show), Scissor Sisters and Robyn. A totally independent venue – not corporate – which is rare, and soon to be even more so in central London. Today we have launched a photo gallery on, featuring just some of the photos from our archives taken at the club over the last 7 years, with more to be added soon. If you would like to leave any comments on our closure, please leave them here on the official venue facebook page here: . Thank you to everyone who has supported the club. Please stay tuned and lets go out with a bang! Paul Tunkin Blow Up Metro read more…

Baltic Fleet debut album no. 29 in Rough Trade's Top 50 Albums of 2008

Baltic Fleet ‘Baltic Fleet’ (Blow Up) Baltic Fleet’s eponymous debut has made it into Rough Trade’s Top Album’s of 2008 at No. 29. Rough Trade’s Top 50 here

Give A Little Love by SILVERY winner of this weeks BBC 6 Music Rebel Playlist!

Silvery’s next single ‘Give A Little Love’ won this weeks 6 Music Rebel Playlist, so thanks to everyone who voted!

SILVERY on this weeks BBC 6 Music Rebel Playlist!

Following Monday’s debut play of Silvery’s next single ‘GIVE A LITTLE LOVE’ its now up for BBC 6 Music’s Rebel Playlist, the winner of which makes it onto the official playlist. You can listen to the new track on our myspace or on the BBC 6 Music site where you have until midnight this Sunday to register your vote! The track brand new recording of Give A Little Love, a cover version of the Paul Williams song as featured in the musical Bugsy Malone. The song has often featured in the Silvery live set and the band thought it was high time to put a studio version down. This track is not included on their debut album Thunderer & Excelsior, but will be downloadable from Monday 15th December from all reputable purveyors of digital phonograms and just in time for Christmas! Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music

Silvery 'ACTION FORCE'/'THE NOD' - BBC 6 Music Single Of The Week!

Action Force / The Nod is Steve Lamaqc’s *BBC 6 Music Single of The Week* (27/10/08) The single has just been chosen by Steve Lamacq as his Single Of The Week on BBC 6 Music, which means it’ll be spun every day

Silvery 'ACTION FORCE'/'THE NOD' - now available for download!

After weeks of plays on BBC Radio (Lamacq, Riley, Lamarr, Crowley, Radcliffe & Maconie) and both BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music live sessions, Silvery release their third single ‘Action Force’, taken from their debut album ‘Thunderer & Excelsior’. The double A-side is ‘The Nod’, a new non-album exclusive recording of a live favourite. Its the perfect showcase for their unique and riotous Victoriana inspired sound and a worldview that suggests a heady concoction of British Sea Power through a filter of Sparks, Bowie, XTC and Blur at their punky fairground best. ‘Action Force is my favourite rapid-fire, jerky pop song of the year’ Steve Lamacq (BBC Blog) ‘Tumble-dried Blur melting Sparks into liquid pop’ What’s On The NME Stereo? iTUNES: Napster:

Vote for Silvery tonight on BBC Radio 2

Silvery’s next single ‘ACTION FORCE’ has been described by Steve Lamacq as ‘my favourite rapid-fire, jerky pop song of the year’ and by the NME as ‘Tumble-dried Blur melting Sparks into liquid pop’ and it will be getting a spin on Radio 2 tonight on Chris Evans Drive Time Jukebox Jury between 5pm and 7pm. You can vote for the track by email or text.

Blow Up Club is 15 years old!

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!

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