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Blow Up is 22!

October 16th 2015, marked exactly 22 years to the day when doors opened to the Blow Up club for the first time. It has since gone on to become a bona-fide legendary club night, being at the centre of the early to mid Nineties Brit Pop explosion, cited as the catalyst and birth place of the Brit Pop scene and influencing the style and sound of a generation. Blow Up was voted as  No.4 in Time Out's Top Ten Clubs of the 90s, one of '5 Classic Clubs of Our Time' by Vox Magazine (alongside The Blitz Club and Shoom) and as 'The club that changed the world' by Melody Maker. More recently Blow Up appeared in Time Out's London Calling which described the club as "the breeding ground of the Brit Pop sound" and in NME's Original's Top Ten Britpop Moments. From its origins at The Laurel Tree, Camden Town (1993-1996), to Soho venues the Wag Club (1996-2001) the Metro Club (2002-2009), and through various London venues since (2009-2013), Blow Up is one of London's longest running club nights. We've hosted events in Europe, and further afield, with events in USA, Russia and Japan, whilst the Blow Up club compilations ('Blow Up A-Go-Go!' and 'Blow Up presents Exclusive Blend') have proved popular worldwide have proved hugely popular worldwide: the former was a genre defining compilation of tracks from the club's dance floor (mostly 60s originals), the latter a groundbreaking compilation series, and one of the first to introduce the world to the delights of 60s & 70’s library music.

The club also spawned Blow Up Records, a London based independent label that began a few months later in 1994. Music on the label ranges from British and International Alternative Pop to Hammond-heavy Boogaloo, from New Wave to Electronic Music and Psychedelia. Releases include the aforementioned compilations, early output including debuts from The Weekenders and Add N to X, and from recent acts such as Alfa 9, Baltic Fleet, Big Boss Man, The Bongolian and new artists David Woodcock and Daiquiri Fantomas, reflecting the label's continuing eclectic outlook.

See more online: Blow Up press here and flyers in the Blow Up scrapbook here | PDF Press Pack

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PRESS QUOTES

There is nowhere else quite like Blow Up, and in many ways it’s still unique. ‘Blow Up may be inspired by the ’60s,’ wrote Time Out years ago, ‘but their night could run and run.’ It looks set to do just that... Time Out London, January 2009

This little beauty has stood the test of time The Evening Standard

Few clubs can keep up the sheer effort of throwing a good party. Yet, year after year, Blow Up just seems to get better The Evening Standard

No.4: Time Out's Top Ten Club's of The 90s

The club that changed the world Melody Maker

Home to and creator of everything, ever, Blow Up The original, and we love you, baby Jacques Peretti, The Guardian

This is the night which spawned a thousand bands, inspiring fashion designers and stylists to recreate the look for the mainstream The Guest List

Legendary Time Out, Evening Standard, NME

The birthplace of Britpop BBC 6 Music

Where Britpop was born Time Out

The Roxy, Blitz Club, Shoom, Syndrome & Blow Up: Vox Magazine's 5 Classic Clubs of our Time

The London clubland institution The Guardian Guide


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Blow Up is 22