Baltic Fleet confirmed for opening night at Yoko Ono’s Meltdown

Baltic Fleet is confirmed to play at the opening night of Yoko Ono’s Meltdown Festival at Southbank Centre as Liverpool’s GIT Music Award winner 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”

Set Times Approx: 6pm & 10pm

more: Event Info | Facebook Event

Baltic Fleet named winner of GIT Awards 2013

We’re pleased to announce that Blow Up Records’ Baltic Fleet was named the winner of the Liverpool’s GIT Music Award 2013 last night at Liverpool’s Leaf on Bold Street, receiving his award from the Liverpool Echo’s Peter Guy, The Quietus’ John Doran and Q Magazine’s Andrew Harrison….

“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”

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

Read more about: Baltic Fleet and Towers

More photos from Friday’s awards on on Flickr and Facebook

Alfa 9 – First Live Dates in Four Years – London & Stoke

We’re pleased to announce that Alfa 9 will be playing their first live show in over four years. The band – Ali Heath, Leon Jones, Phil Mason have expanded the line up to include John Bradbury on drums (who replaces Andy Vernon) and Chris Hillman on bass for the forthcoming live dates which are as follows:

Sat 9th Mar. • LONDON at Queen Of Hoxton (This Feeling) – on stage 9pm
Sat 23rd Mar. • STOKE-ON-TRENT at Fat Cats, Stoke-on-Trent (Octopus Club)
Thur 28th Mar. • LONDON supporting CORNERSHOP 229 The Venue W1

Daiquiri Fantomas – Debut Single & Limited Free Download

Daiquiri Fantomas will release their debut single Moon Raga on April 1st 2013, to be followed by their debut album ‘MHz Invasion’ this May on Blow Up Records. Daiquiri Fantomas are an experimental musical duo from Sicily, founded in 2010 by composers and multi-instrumentalists Marco Barrano and Dario Sanguedolce.  Experimenting with acoustic instruments and vintage electronics crossed over with new technologies, their sound has a distinctive “retro-futuristic” flavour, giving a nod both to the 60s/70s (Progressive Rock, Sci-fi b-movies soundtracks, Kosmische musik etc.) and to contemporary electronica, the duo citing The Beatles, Kraftwerk, John Barry and Air as some of their favourite bands.

The single is available as free download for a limited time from or from their facebook page

2012 End of Year Polls & Blow Up Year Review

Not one but three Blow Up Records albums made it into the end of year polls for 2012 including Vive Le Rock, Crack Magazine, Louder Than War, Liverpool Echo & some very nice blogs too…

Fay Hallam & The Bongolian  ‘Lost In Sound: read press heremore about the album

Baltic Fleet album ‘Towers: read press here  • more about the album

Alfa 9Gone To Ground‘ (not even out yet!): read press here • more about the album

See all artists press here

‘Leaving For A Day’ Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck New Single

Leaving For A Day” is a brand new track taken from the forthcoming new edition of Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck‘s debut album “Days Come And Go” which has now been expanded to include additional tracks. The album made the top five list of albums of the year for Sweden’s national newspaper Sydsvenskan.

Check out the video for “Leaving For A Day”, 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.

Mother Of Illusion’ Blow Up Mix for Dust Galaxy

We’re pleased to announce that Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation) has asked us to give the Blow Up treatment to ‘Mother Of Illusion‘, the second single from his new solo project Dust Galaxy.

The Blow Up Mix is the first track on the 12″ version of the single and is also available to download (out now). The Blow Up mix team features Nasser Bouzida aka The Bongolian, Nick Terry (Klaxons, SMD) and Blow Up’s Mr. Paul Tunkin. You can currently listen to the mix on Dust Galaxy’s myspace.


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