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01.12.17 Blow Up New Year's Eve Party at The Troubadour Earl's Court
We are pleased to announce that Blow Up will be seeing in 2018 at The Water Rats in Kings Cross! Blow Up DJ Paul Tunkin and guests will be spinning classic tracks from both Blow Up's past and present. Expect to hear 60's Soul, Beat, Garage, Funk, Ska, Swinging Soundtracks, Dancefloor Jazz, Library Music, Easy Listening & Ye-Ye colliding with the Art School pop of Brit Pop (the scene which Blow Up helped kick-start way back in 1993), Glam & New Wave. read more...
20.08.17 Somerset House Film4 Blow-Up 50th Anniversary with DJ Paul Tunkin
We're pleased to announce that Blow Up club founder and DJ Paul Tunkin will be performing the DJ Set before the 50th Anniversary screening of Michelangelo Antonioni's 'Blow-Up' at the Film4 Summer Screen Festival at Somerset House on Tuesday 22nd August 2017... <br /> You may never believe your eyes again after watching 'Blow-Up', and icon of 1960s cinema; a hypnotic mystery that follows a fashion photographer as he’s drawn into a world where nothing is quite what it seems... <br /> <i> "Inspiring everyone from Francis Ford Coppola to Mike Myers, Michelangelo Antonioni's arty thriller remains an absorbing, eerie enigma"</i> <br /><br /> [b]Total Film[/b] read more...
20.08.17 Film4 Blow-Up 50th Anniversary with DJ Paul Tunkin
We're pleased to announce that Blow Up club founder and DJ Paul Tunkin will be performing the DJ Set before the 50th Anniversary screening of Michelangelo Antonioni's 'Blow-Up' at the Film4 Summer Screen Festival at Somerset House on Tuesday 22nd August 2017... <br /> You may never believe your eyes again after watching 'Blow-Up', and icon of 1960s cinema; a hypnotic mystery that follows a fashion photographer as he’s drawn into a world where nothing is quite what it seems... <br /> <i> "Inspiring everyone from Francis Ford Coppola to Mike Myers, Michelangelo Antonioni's arty thriller remains an absorbing, eerie enigma"</i> <br /><br /> [b]Total Film[/b] read more...
22.06.16 The Bongolian 'Moog Maximus' Album Launch at Blow Up this August
Blow Up continues its Friday residency in Soho at the legendary St Moritz Club with the official launch show for The Bongolian's new album 'Moog Maximus'. <br /><br /> MOOG MAXIMUS sees the welcome return of The Bongolian, AKA multi-instrumentalist and Big Boss Man front man Nasser Bouzida. His fifth album under the Bongolian moniker continues the musical journey where his last album 'Bongos For Beatniks' left off, taking us through the fractures of time like fellow traveller H. G. Wells. Nasser has now landed in ancient Rome, or is it on a set from Westworld? All we know our hero is armed with a bank of vintage synthesisers with a legion of heavy grooves in this a wildly eclectic fusion of Funk, Soul, B-Boy Breaks, Jazz and Sci-Fi Boogaloo: <br /><br /> <i>You're in for a treat</i> [b]CERYS MATTHEWS, BBC 6 MUSIC[/b] <br /><br /> <i>Beautiful new breaks</i> [b]NEMONE BBC 6 MUSIC 'RECOMMENDS DAY'[/b] read more...
23.12.15 Big Boss Man back at Blow Up this Feb!
Big Boss Man return to Blow Up following the release of their fourth album The Last Man On Earth on Blow Up Records. In 2015 they were invited in for a session with Cerys Matthews on BBC 6 Music, playing numerous dates around the UK & Europe. The album also received great radio support from more DJs at BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 2, including multiple spins by Craig Charles on his Funk & Soul Show, with additional plays from Gideon Coe, Nemone, Tom Ravenscroft, Chris Hawkins and Huey Morgan at the stations. read more...
10.01.15 Big Boss Man live at Blow Up - Friday 6th Feb
Following their BBC 6 Music Session with Cerys Matthews this Sunday, Big Boss Man are back live at Blow Up at St. Moritz Soho! read more...
26.11.14 Fri 9th Jan // New Blow Up Residency // Slug Live
Blow Up is back in Soho for a new Friday residency at the legendary St Moritz Club! Preceded by New Year’s Eve at the venue. The excellent SLUG will be performing live at the opening night on Friday 9th January The basement club is one of the last 'original' venues in the West End, virtually unchanged since the 60s. Blow Up will toasting in 2015 at the venue as well as kicking off the Friday night residency here a couple of weeks later in January through to February. read more...
05.11.14 Blow Up New Years Eve at St. Moritz Club
Blow Up is back in Soho for New Year's Eve at the legendary St. Moritz Club! The basement club is one of the last 'original' venues in the West End, virtually unchanged since the 60s. Blow Up's Paul Tunkin said "I have always wanted to do a night in St Moritz and have we finally I got around to it!" Blow Up will toasting in 2015 at the venue as well as kicking off a Friday night residency here a couple of weeks later. read more...
16.10.14 Blow Up is 21 Today!
21 Years ago today Blow Up opened its doors for the first time in the upstairs room of The Laurel Tree, Camden Town, London. read more...
01.09.14 Big Boss Man + David Woodcock to play Blow Up - Fri 10th Oct
David Woodcock confirmed to play along with Big Boss Man this October at Blow Up at The Bussey Building. read more...
01.09.14 Big Boss Man 'Last Man On Earth' New Album Out Today
Blow Up Records presents 'Last Man On Earth' the fourth album from Big Boss Man: 15 brand new recordings from Jazz, Soul, Rhythm & Blues to Boogaloo, Funk, Psych Rock & more. Out September 1st on 180g Heavy-Weight Vinyl LP, CD & Digital (pre-order here) and it's sounding extra tasty! The British four piece return with a new set of songs and recordings that take a fresh approach to the BBM sound - their hip hybrid of Latin, Jazz, Soul, Psych Rock and ’60s/’70s drenched R&B is now expanded with the added dimension of a brass section and guest vocalists adding to the further sonic and rhythmic explorations from the band; taking us on a one heck of a brand new trip! Includes the single Aardvark, a jazz dance floor filler, rush released fresh from the studio mix sessions back in April, that received strong radio support from BBC 6 Music and BBCRadio 2, including multiple spins by Craig Charles on his Funk & Soul Show, who declared that "I've been a big fan of Big Boss Man for many years. Big Boss Man ‘Aardvark’. Double Groovy!" Additional radio plays came also from Gideon Coe, Tom Ravenscroft, Cerys Matthews, Chris Hawkins and Huey Morgan at the stations. read more...
29.08.14 Big Boss Man + David Woodcock confirmed to play Blow Up - Friday 10th October
David Woodcock confirmed to play along with Big Boss Man this October at Blow Up at The Bussey Building. read more...
29.08.14 Big Boss Man + David Woodcock at Blow Up - 10th Oct
David Woodcock confirmed to play along with Big Boss Man this October at Blow Up at The Bussey Building. read more...
19.08.14 Big Boss Man confirmed to play Blow Up: Friday Oct 10th
Blow Up is back at The Bussey Building in Peckham this October (please note we're on a Friday this month) with live guests Big Boss Man + Blow Up DJs. Expect classic tracks from both Blow Up's past and present: from Brit Pop era favourites (the scene which the club helped kick-start way back in 1993 in Camden Town) to the current new Pop stylists putting the art back into pop . . . Brit Pop, Glam, Mod & New Wave colliding with 60's Soul, Beat, Garage, Funk, Ska, Swinging Soundtracks, Hammond Heavy Jazz, Easy Listening & Ye-Ye! read more...
07.08.14 David Hemmings spotted near Blow Up in Peckham ...c.1966
David Hemmings spotted near Blow Up! (c.1966) Must be fate... our current venue of choice The CLF Art Cafe (aka The Bussey Building) in Peckham features in the opening scenes of the film of the same name Blow Up ... we're back there this Saturday! read more...
23.05.14 The Hosts + David Woodcock confirmed to play at Blow Up this August
Blow Up is back at The Bussey Building in Peckham this August with live guests The HOSTS + David Woodcock + TBA + Blow Up DJs. Expect classic tracks from both Blow Up's past and present: from Brit Pop era favourites (the scene which the club helped kick-start way back in 1993 in Camden Town) to the current new Pop stylists putting the art back into pop . . . Brit Pop, Glam, Mod & New Wave colliding with 60's Soul, Beat, Garage, Funk, Ska, Swinging Soundtracks, Hammond Heavy Jazz, Easy Listening & Ye-Ye! read more...
15.05.14 New Blow Up Shop Now Live: Vinyl, CDs, Posters, Digital, Rarities & More!
We're pleased to announce the launch of our all new Blow Up shop! Vinyl & CDs: All* Vinyl & CDs now come with free MP3 Download More » Posters & Rarities: See what we've found in our warehouse - including rare promotional posters, limited vinyl and more! More » MP3s & WAVs: You can now get your downloads directly from us - choose from MP3s or lossless WAVs More » read more...
04.05.14 20 Years Ago: 1st Ever Blow Up Records Release!
The first release on Blow Up Records, released on 4th May 1994 and sold at a launch party at the Tuffnel Park Dome, London withThe Bluetones as guests + Blow Up DJs. The remaining stock was then sold as a mail-order release - a total pressing of a 1000 on 7" Vinyl - Cat. No. BLOWUP001. Produced and engineered by Vic Keary at the legendary Chiswick Reach Studios on 8-track tape. The Weekenders: Paul Tunkin, James Hender, Chris Remington and Steve Smith. Both ‘All Grown Up’ and ‘Househusband’ were recorded as part of an eight song session in February 1994. "The title track is pleasantly reminiscent of The Kinks. A good listen and, like The Easybeats' Friday On My Mind, doesn't outstay its welcome" RECORD COLLECTOR 'CLUB CLASSICS' read more...
21.02.14 Blow Up 20th Anniversary Party Snaps
Thank you to everyone who made it to the Blow Up 20th Anniversary last night and to all the bands Baltic Fleet, Trans, Big Boss Man and DJ's who performed. It was great to see so many old faces from far and wide - it was a blast! read more...
09.02.14 Blow Up heads North to Hebden Bridge Trades & Preston
As part of our Blow Up 20th Anniversary celebrations we're pleased to announce that Blow Up are coming to Preston with live guests Baltic Fleet + Alfa 9, followed by Hebden Bridge Trades for a one-off show with live guests Big Boss Man! Expect classic tracks from both Blow Up's past and present: from Brit Pop era favourites (the scene which the club helped kick-start way back in 1993 in Camden Town) to the current new Pop stylists putting the art back into pop . . . Brit Pop, Glam, Mod & New Wave colliding with 60's Soul, Beat, Garage, Funk, Ska, Swinging Soundtracks, Hammond Heavy Jazz, Easy Listening & Ye-Ye! read more...
08.02.14 The Karminskys and Ian Witchell join the DJ bill for Sat 15th Feb
We're pleased to announce that The Karminsky Experience and Ian Witchell will be DJing with Paul Tunkin at Blow Up's 20th next Saturday on 15th Feb! read more...
24.01.14 TRANS confirmed with Big Boss Man + Baltic Fleet for Blow Up 20th in London - Sat 15th Feb
We are pleased to announce that Bernard Butler and Jackie McKeown’s group Trans are joining the bill at our Blow Up 20th Anniversary on Sat. Feb. 15th. read more...
20.01.14 Baltic Fleet confirmed with Big Boss Man for Blow Up 20th in London - Sat 15th Feb
We're pleased to announce that Baltic Fleet (Blow Up Records) are confirmed to play at Blow Up 20th Anniversary Party on Saturday February 15th! Described as 'psychedelic post-punk krautrock', GIT-Award winner and Liverpool Music Awards Nominee (Best Album 'Towers', 2013) Baltic Fleet is the moniker of multi-instrumentalist and DIY producer Paul Fleming (ex-Bunnymen) who recently returned with his second album 'Towers' which was described as: 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, dream pop 9/10 Subba-Cultcha Something very special indeed Crack Magazine One of the finest records from Liverpool in years Liverpool Echo read more...
15.01.14 Blow Up heads to Hebden Bridge Trades Club - Sat. 1st March
As part of our Blow Up 20th Anniversary celebrations we're pleased to announce that Blow Up are coming to Hebden Bridge Trades for a one-off show with live guests Big Boss Man plus TBA! Expect classic tracks from both Blow Up's past and present: from Brit Pop era favourites (the scene which the club helped kick-start way back in 1993 in Camden Town) to the current new Pop stylists putting the art back into pop . . . Brit Pop, Glam, Mod & New Wave colliding with 60's Soul, Beat, Garage, Funk, Ska, Swinging Soundtracks, Hammond Heavy Jazz, Easy Listening & Ye-Ye! read more...
20.12.13 Big Boss Man confirmed for Blow Up 20th Anniversary - Feb. 15th 2014
LIVEBLOW UP CLUBBLOW UP RECORDSARTIST NEWS Big Boss Man confirmed for Blow Up 20th Anniversary Party - Feb. 15th 2014 read more...
19.12.13 Merry Christmas from Blow Up!
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM BLOW UP!! Read on below for what's been happening in 2013 at Blow Up featuring: BALTIC FLEET / ALFA 9 / DAIQUIRI FANTOMAS / DAVID WOODCOCK / FAY HALLAM and... 20 YEARS OF BLOW UP spacer Need an antidote to the Festive cheer? Here's little melancholy indie-pop video for Christmas from Sweden's Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck shot a few days ago in Stockholm. spacer COMING UP in 2014 - Stay Tuned: FEB. 15th - BLOW UP 20th ANNIVERSARY feat. STEREO TOTAL + BIG BOSS MAN *Just Announced* read more...
18.12.13 Blow Up 2013 Year Review
Read on below for what's been happening in 2013 at Blow Up featuring: BALTIC FLEET / ALFA 9 / DAIQUIRI FANTOMAS / DAVID WOODCOCK/ FAY HALLAM and... 20 YEARS OF BLOW UP spacer COMING UP in 2014: FEB. 15th - BLOW UP 20th ANNIVERSARY feat. STEREO TOTAL + BIG BOSS MAN *Just Announced* spacer Need an antidote to the Festive cheer? Here's little melancholy indie-pop video for Christmas from Sweden's Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck shot a few days ago in Stockholm. read more...
01.11.13 The Bongolian back at Blow Up - December 14th
After October's show live guests The Bongolian are back with more guests tba plus Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin & guests. Expect classic tracks from both Blow Up’s past and present: from Brit Pop era favourites (the scene which the club helped kick-start way back in 1993 in Camden Town) to the current new Pop stylists putting the art back into pop . . . Brit Pop, Glam, Mod & New Wave colliding with 60's Soul, Beat, Garage, Psych, Funk, Ska, Pop Electronique, Swinging Soundtracks, Hammond Heavy Jazz, Easy Listening & Ye-Ye! More TBA shortly... read more...
16.10.13 BLOW UP : 20 Years Old Today!
Blow Up - it all started 20 years ago today! Saturday 16th October 1993 in the upstairs of the Laurel Tree in Camden! And we're pleased to announce that our official 20th Birthday Bash will be on February 15th 2014 at The Bussey Building - stay tuned! And a massive thanks to everyone who made it down to Blow Up for a packed night at the Bussey Building on Saturday! And of course to The Bongolian + David Woodcock + D.B Cohen and our own Paul Tunkin on deck duties - we'll be back before February for our Christmas Party on Saturday 14th December! read more...
19.08.13 The Bongolian confirmed for Blow Up at The Bussey Building on October 12th
Blow Up Records' The Bongolian confirmed for Blow Up at The Bussey Building on October 12th read more...
15.08.13 Blow Up comes The Bussey Building this October
Blow Up comes to The Bussey Building - bi-monthly starting Saturday 12th October 2013. Live Guests TBA plus Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin & guests spinning the 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. The Blow Up playlist includes classic tracks from both its past and present, from its Brit Pop era favourites, (the scene of which the club helped kick-start way back in 1993 in Camden Town) to the current new things tickling our fancy - the new Pop stylists putting the art back into pop alongside essential New Wave, Glam and indie classic cuts. All this alongside Blow Up’s trademark mix of 60’s killer dance floor tracks in the following genre’s – 60’s Swinging Soundtracks, TV Themes, 60s Exotica & Electronica, 60s Club Soul, Northern Soul, Beat, Mod Jazz, French Pop, Library Music and Ska. Bloody marvellous! read more...
07.02.13 Blow Up feat. Stereo Total + David Woodcock - SOLD OUT
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. read more...
18.01.13 Blow Up Records & Club Year Review 2012
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 read more... read more...
10.12.12 Stereo Total back at Blow Up - Feb 8th 2013
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. read more...
06.10.12 BLOW UP back in the USA: SF & LA October 2012
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. Facebook: Blow Up / Blow Up USA / RecordClubSacto Blow Up Twitter BLOWUPCLUB.COM read more...
23.07.12 Blow Up SF: New Monthly San Francisco Run at The Monarch + Lost In Sound Launch
Mod Soul New-Wave & Britpop Action For Pop Stylists! Blow Up returns to SF for a new monthly run 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+. read more...
13.06.12 DC Fontana + Electric Stars + David Woodcock at Blow Up - July 6th
Blow Up's monthly West London residency at Ginglik in Shepherd’s Bush with live guests this month DC Fontana and The Electric Stars. 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. read more...
14.05.12 Fay Hallam live at Blow Up: 'Lost In Sound' Launch Party - June 1st
BLOW UP feat. FAY HALLAM live 'Lost In Sound' Launch + Jubilee Special Blow Up presents the album launch for Fay Hallam & The Bongolian's new album 'Lost In Sound' (Blow Up Records) with a rare live London show by the Mod Queen herself, with a brand new band line-up, and featuring special guest appearances by ex-Prisoners/ Prime Movers/ Phaze/ Solar Flares, bass-legend, Allan Crockford. <br /><br /> Blow Up's monthly West London residency at Ginglik in Shepherd’s Bush with Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin & Ian Jackson (and the occasional guest) 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. <br /><br /> A celebration from the other side of Pop where the Kinks, Bowie, Blur share the dancefloor with current newcomers Pete & The Pirates, British Sea Power and Metronomy, all alongside Swinging Soundtracks & TV Themes (The Italian Job to Barbarella), 60s Exotica & Electronica (Jean-Jacques Perry), 60s Club Soul (Motown, Stax etc.), Northern Soul, Beat, Mod Jazz, French Pop (Jacques Dutronc, Bridget Bardot) and New Wave (XTC, Wire). read more...
23.04.12 Blow Up back in the USA! LA 27th April / SAC 28th April / SF 1st May
Blow Up is back in the USA for 3 dates this April: LA / SAC & SF! read more...
21.04.12 Blow Up Club returns to Sacramento - Saturday 28th April
BLOW UP returns to Sacramento! With Cellar Doors (San Francisco) live, DJs Paul Tunkin (Blow Up founder) & Roger Carpio spinning Pop Stylism, 60's Soul, Beat, Garage, Funk, Ska, Soundtracks, Electronica, Library Music colliding with British Pop, Glam, Indie-Pop and New-Wave. Plus a light show by George Holden (a lightshow artist since 1966 and one of the pioneers in the field. He first worked with Abecrombe Lights featured by Bill Graham at the original Fillmore West and Winterland shows in San Francisco). Art by Galine Tumasova! read more...
13.04.12 3 New Blow Up Signings for 2012 + Free Downloads
We're pleased to announce that we now have 3 new additions to Blow Up Records' roster for 2012: Fay Hallam & The Bongolian (a new collaboration), singer-songwriter David Woodcock from Southend-on-Sea and Sicilian duo Daiquiri Fantomas. Plus, 'Towers' the long-awaited follow up to Baltic Fleet's self-titled debut will be released this Summer, followed swiftly by the second album for Alfa 9 'Gone To Ground'. FREE DOWNLOADS: The first 2 singles for 2012 will be 'Engage' from Baltic Fleet, and 'Dancing' from Fay Hallam & The Bongolian which we'll be giving away as free downloads for a limited time, links below... read more...
22.02.12 David Woodcock + Thee Attacks (dk) + Powersolo (dk) added to Easter Special with Sulk + Fractures - Thursday 5th April
Alongside the excellent Sulk and Fractures, David Woodcock, and 2 Crunchy Frog acts: Thee Attacks (dk) + Powersolo (dk) have been added to the Blow Up Easter Special Party bill on April 5th at Ginglik read more...
31.01.12 Blow Up Snaps: 2011 Highlights
Some Blow Up highlights of 2011, including HMV’s Next Big Thing back in February, another return to the USA and Japan, Latitude Festival in July, The Bongolian’s fourth album and the club finally coming of age (b. October 16th 1993). read more...
23.01.12 Sulk + Fractures live at Blow Up - April 2012
Blow Up’s new monthly West London residency at Ginglik in Shepherd’s Bush continues with live guests this month hotly tipped new bands SULK and FRACTURES with Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin & Ian Jackson… SULK.... Under the rainy skies of London, the shining sounds of Britpop, Shoegaze and Psychedelia are back in bloom. Locked up in the back room of an east end gallery stirring up 90s inspired sonic harmonies, this five-piece’s influences are less worn on their sleeves, than branded on their hearts. Bands such as The Stone Roses, Suede, Ride and The Verve are wholly evident, but this isn't nostalgia for old time’s sake. It’s a whitewash of powerful prettiness; with sun-drenched vocals, ethereal guitars and pounding drums, rooted in 90s vibes but with its eyes to the future... "Epic, stadium-indie guitars, baggy beats and trippy lyrics, this Suede-meets-Oasis number sets Sulk far above other 1990s revivalists" The Independent, November 2011 read more...
22.01.12 B-Movie: 30th Anniversary Show at Blow Up - May 2012
Cult 80’s New-Wavers B-Movie return to Blow Up for a special one-off Anniversary Show for their single ‘Nowhere Girl’ read more...
07.11.11 Blow Up Christmas Party: The Bongolian + Thee Faction live - Fri. 2nd December
The 2nd of Blow Up's new monthly West London residency at Ginglik in Shepherd’s Bush, and just in time for Christmas! Always guaranteed to get the party going is BIG BOSS MAN's Nasser Bouzida aka THE BONGOLIAN & his band, with support from THEE FACTION. Plus of course Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin & Ian Jackson (and the occasional guest) 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. THE BONGOLIAN: Playing tracks from his eagerly-awaited 4th album 'Bongos For Beatniks' released this May - a wildly eclectic rare groove fusion of Funk Soul Hammond Beat Jazz and a Sci-Fi Boogaloo. The first single from the album 'The Riviera Affair' was a BBC 6music Lunchtime Love and if you listen to Craig Charles you will have heard more than a few spins on his show too: "Mightily funky, Hammond driven bongo rhythms... part mod, part Sergio Mendes, very swingin'..." TIME OUT "A bakers dozen of gems. Bongo powered grooves at their very best. Preston Epps eat your heart out" SCOOTERING 'RECOMMENDED' THEE FACTION: Blistering, visceral socialist R&B with an explicit political agenda: "As good as Slade Alive. Yes, THAT good" Chris Roberts, The Guardian read more...
24.09.11 Blow Up 18th Birthday & New Monthly Residency - Friday 4th November 2011
BLOW UP 18TH BIRTHDAY PARTY & NEW MONTHLY RESIDENCY @ GINGLIK FRIDAY 4th NOVEMBER 2011 Blow Up is pleased to announce that it will be taking the club to other parts of London outside the West End, starting this Autumn with a new monthly residency at Ginglik in Shepherd’s Bush, launching on Friday 4th November for Blow Up's 18th Birthday. Blow Up's playlist is far from being defined by the Brit Pop genre it helped kick-start back 18 years ago in 1993: alongside live bands expect to hear British Pop, Glam and New-Wave colliding with 60s Soundtracks & Electronica, Library Music, Indie-Pop, 60's Soul, Beat, Garage, Funk, Ska & more. A celebration from the other side of Pop where the Kinks, Bowie, Blur share the dancefloor with current newcomers Pete & The Pirates, British Sea Power and Metronomy, all alongside Blow Up’s trademark mix of Swinging Soundtracks & TV Themes (The Italian Job to Barbarella), 60s Exotica & Electronica (Jean-Jacques Perry), 60s Club Soul (Motown, Stax etc.), Northern Soul, Beat, Mod Jazz, French Pop (Jacques Dutronc, Bridget Bardot) and New Wave (XTC, Wire). Advance tickets £6: ticketweb.com • seetickets.com • wegottickets.com • Please arrive early! read more...
23.09.11 Blow Up TOKYO - October 7th 2011
Blow Up heads to Tokyo! Blow Up founder / DJ Paul Tunkin will be joined by DJ Nori (aka Masanori Ikeda), Blow Up resident DJ from the Laurel Tree / Wag-era Blow Up back in the mid-90s! http://www.blowupclub.com/eventinfo.aspx?id=111007t http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=217106668350808 http://www.blowup.co.uk/blog/#201110_Blow_Up_Tokyo http://www.liquidroom.net/schedule/20111007/7848/ read more...
23.06.11 Blow Up back in the USA - California June 2011
This June Blow Up teamed up with Leisure (San Francisco), Club Underground (LA) and Lipstick! (Sacramento) - thanks to everyone in California for making this trip the most memorable yet! Photos here >>> read more...
09.06.11 Blow Up @ Latitude Festival 2011
Blow Up has been invited to see out the final night at Latitude Festival this year - check out link for more info + line up on Latitude site: <br /><br /> <i>"A wild celebration from the other side of Pop where the Kinks, Bowie, Blur share the dancefloor with current newcomers Pete &amp; The Pirates, British Sea Power and Metronomy, all alongside Blow Up's trademark mix of Swinging Soundtracks &amp; TV Themes (The Italian Job to Barbarella), 60s Exotica &amp; Electronica (Jean-Jacques Perry), 60s Club Soul (Motown, Stax etc.), Northern Soul, Beat, Mod Jazz, French Pop (Jacques Dutronc, Bridget Bardot) and New Wave (XTC, Wire). Club founder &amp; DJ Paul Tunkin will be joined by long-time co-resident DJ Mr. Ian Jackson who both guarantee to keep you dancing 'til dawn (well 2am!)"</i> read more...
16.03.11 Blow Up Easter Special: 21st April feat. live: The Bongolian + Special Needs + Silvery + Blow Up DJs
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. Confirmed live for 21st April: The Bongolian + Special Needs + Silvery + BLOW UP DJs + TBA read more...
04.03.11 The Bongolian 'Bongos For Beatniks' - album out May
The sleeve for the Bongolian's 4th album is finally revealed! 'Bongos For Beatniks' will be released on Monday 9th May, but if you can't wait that long you can download the first single 'The Riviera Affair' which was recently featured on Nemone's Lunchtime Loves on BBC 6music (she also interviewed Nasser before his BlowUp/HMV show in February), alongside support plays by Gideon Coe and Craig Charles. The track is also Sky Sports Soccer AM's track of the week. The album is also featured in Scootering Magazine's 'Recommended Listening' this month alongside an early review of the album, an interview with The Bongolian and a live review of February's Blow Up/HMV show. Stay tuned as from next week the album will be available to pre-order, with some limited edition bundles. read more...
14.02.11 Little Barrie live at Blow Up - Saturday 5th March
Little Barrie return to Blow Up, where they played one of their first ever London shows almost a decade ago. The now London based power trio take their name from singer and guitarist-extraordinaire of the same name Little Barrie. Barrie has lent his talents (either on tour or in the studio) to the likes of Primal Scream, Edwyn Collins, Morrissey, Paul Weller, Spiritualized to name but a few. more ... read more...
14.01.11 Big Boss Man added to Blow Up @ HMV Next Big Thing - Fri 4th Feb
BIG BOSS MAN ADDED TO THE BILL - playing a late night show as part of the Blow Up club night that follows. read more...
08.12.10 Blow Up @ HMVs Next Big Thing - February 2011
Just announced Blow Up @ HMV Next Big Thing 2011 - The Bongolian, Baltic Fleet & Silvery live followed by Blow Up club - February 4th 2011 read more...
23.11.10 The Bongolian - live at Blow Up - Saturday 4th December 2010
Following his show in France, The Bongolian (aka Big Boss Man's Nasser Bouzida) and his band drop into London for a rare Christmas show at Blow Up. They will be previewing tracks from his forthcoming 4th album (early 2011) alongside tracks from 2008's critically acclaimed 'Outer Bongolia' and early classics such as Bongohead. Let The Bongolian take you on musical journey though dirty percussive bongo driven Funk and Spaced-out Latin Soul - 100% Heavy Bongo Vibes guaranteed! Followed by resident Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin & Ian Jackson bringing you a mix of Orgasmic Pop 60s Mod Soul New Wave action. Expect to hear a selection of pop from Beatles to Bowie to Blur, 60s - Soul, Garage, Ska, Beat and Swinging Soundtracks. Since his 2001 eponymous debut, THE BONGOLIAN's albums 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: "Nasser Bouzida is a man with talent to spare. A Latin-flavoured jazz-funk odyssey" Q "Forget your preconceptions, this is the REAL incredible bongo band" Clash "Totally mind-blowing" WHAT'S ON "Mightily funky, Hammond driven bongo rhythms... part mod, part Sergio Mendes, very swingin'..." TIME OUT read more...
18.08.10 Silvery live at Blow Up: Saturday 21st August + Saturday 11th September
Following the release of their critically acclaimed 2nd album 'Railway Architecture' this August, London artrockers Silvery play two intimate shows at Blow Up on Saturday 21st August and Saturday 11th September: Silvery founder and singer-songwriter James Orman is still immersed in Bowie, Blur, XTC and all things eccentrically English, The Silvery sound is based around an amalgamation of non fiction, childhood memories, love of historic machinery, 70's TV detective-isms and a musical philosophy of 'anything goes'. From the glam rock assault of previous single 'Devil In The Detail', New Wave blast of debut 'Horrors', neo Bond theme drama of 'Will Self', through brief snatches of ska to music hall and spoken word, there is very little left untouched in between. Sounding somewhere between a Dada or Situationist musical, the new album has been described as: "Exhilarating art-pop from band bordering on greatness" * * * * UNCUT "Hunt down this album" * * * * ARTROCKER "Delicious and daringly at odds with almost everything else out there" * * * * CLASH "Genius twisted pop. A truly original masterpiece" * * * * BIG CHEESE read more...
26.07.10 THE SOUND OF POP ART live at BLOW UP - Saturday 7th August 2010
Just confirmed for Saturday 7th August are The Sound Of Pop Art (acoustic set) and an opportunity to hear some genuine Beatnik Pop / Acoustic Soul of the finest order. Think, Odessey & Oracle The Zombies, Syd Barrett, Up The Junction Manfred Man, John Barry TSOPA features Chris Free who previously wrote/played sonic guitar for one of the UK's first & finest beat punk groups The Users, and was asked to join Paul Weller's Respond label as songwriting duo A Craze, penning the 1983 UK summer soul hit for Tracie Young Give It Some Emotion: "English to the hilt, Cambridge's T.S.O.P.A. see former The Users and A Craze guitarist/songwriter Chris Free (with Users drummer Andrew O'Hanrahan) propelling a trio who update Mod riffs and attitudes and pour sunny harmonies over them. Influenced by The Who, The Kinks and The Jam, they succeed in turbo-charging these time-honoured tropes with gung-ho gusto. Tony Jenkins sings of shopping centres and high street girls in a flurry of optimism. 'Visions Of You' and 'Let's Make Love in London' add a dash of Barrett/Bowie whimsy. Infectiously enthusiastic, this is classic boho pop: plenty invigorating" **** Chris Roberts - Uncut read more...
28.06.10 Blow Up & Silvery at Leuka Mini Masters - 16th July 2010
Blow Up's Paul Tunkin will be spinning records as part of the Leuka Mini Masters annual celebrity golf tournament in aid of the Leuka charity, and Silvery (Blow Up Records) will be playing live too. Find out more info at: http://www.blowupclub.com/eventinfo.aspx?id=100716a read more...
28.04.10 Big Boss Man live at Blow Up - Saturday May 29th 2010
Just confirmed at Blow Up are Blow Up Records' very own Big Boss Man - on stage 10.30pm (doors 10pm): The band are fresh back from their 2010 tour of Spain , and along side favourites such as 'Sea Groove' and 'Party 7', Big Boss Man will be playing tracks from their 3rd album 'Full English Beat Breakfast'. Followed by resident Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin & Ian Jackson bringing you a mix of Orgasmic Pop 60s Mod Soul New Wave action. Expect to hear a selection of pop from Beatles to Bowie to Blur, 60s - Soul, Garage, Ska, Beat and Swinging Soundtracks. read more...
08.01.10 Blow Up in Oxford - Friday 29th January
Blow Up comes to Oxford for a special one off at The Cellar this January - Resident Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin & Ian Jackson will be bringing you a mix of Orgasmic Pop 60s Mod Soul New Wave action. Plus special live guests Blow Up Records' The Bongolian. read more...
21.12.09 Blow Up New Year's Eve Party - Tickets Now On Sale
Blow Up will be seeing the New Year in at our regular haunt 4 Denmark Street - tickets on sale from 4.30pm today Monday 21st December. read more...
27.11.09 Blow Up in the USA - 16th Birthday dates this December
Blow Up is pleased to announce the first of a series of Birthday Shows to celebrate it's 16th Anniversary. Starting with two one-off shows on the East and West Coast of North America. More dates tba for 2010. read more...
23.11.09 Louis Eliot (ex-Rialto) confirmed for 5th December at Blow Up
Just confirmed for Saturday 5th December are Louis Eliot & The Embers. Heralded by Vogue magazine as a "country troubadour" and the Times as a "true pop genius", Louis Eliot is the former main man of 1990s Britpop Romantics, Rialto, who enjoyed three UK top 40 hits and a top 20 album, read more: http://www.blowupclub.com/eventinfo.aspx?id=091205r read more...
26.10.09 This Saturday 31st October - Blow Up Hallowe'en Special
This Saturday 31st October - Hallowe'en special for Blow Up in its new basement venue at 4 Denmark St., with 60s horror flicks and creepy drinks. Expect the usual mix of orgasmic pop 60s mod soul new wave action from Blow Up DJs with some spooky soundtracks thrown in for good measure! Event Info: http://www.blowup.co.uk/club/events.aspx#LDN091031 FB invite: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=158955536052 read more...
01.10.09 Big Boss Man live - Fri 2nd Oct in Newbury, Sat 3rd Oct at Blow Up
Catch Big Boss Man live this Friday 2nd October at The Arlington Arts Centre in their hometown of Newbury and there's another chance to see them in London at Blow Up on Saturday 3rd October read more...
07.09.09 Big Boss Man - Full English Beat Breakfast - 3rd Album - out now
The long awaited 3rd album from Big Boss Man 'Full English Beat Breakfast' is now out! Available on CD, a lovely vinyl LP and as a download from all good retailers including Norman, Piccadilly, Rough Trade, Amazon, HMV, iTunes, eMusic, Amazon Digital and more.... read more...
11.08.09 Blow Up Club: New London Venue for Saturdays! 12th September 2009
Blow Up are pleased to announce that Blow Up club will reconvene for its Saturday night residency in London from Saturday 12th September 2009. The new basement venue is a stone's throw from the Metro Club (RIP) in London's legendary Denmark Street aka 'Tin Pan Alley'. The first night will have live guests Blow Up Records very own Big Boss Man who will be playing tracks from their third album 'Full English Beat Breakfast'. read more...
16.07.09 woZZon interview with Blow Up founder Paul Tunkin
woZZon's John Coleman talks to Blow Up founder & resident DJ Paul Tunkin about the Blow Up club and label... read more...
08.05.09 Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck to support Lucky Soul on June 6th at Blow Up Club
Blow Up's very own swedish indie popsters Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck will be supporting Lucky Soul on Sat. June 6th at the Blow Up Club read more...
21.04.09 Lucky Soul confirmed for Blow Up Club - Sat. 6th June 2009
The excellent Lucky Soul have just confirmed for Saturday June 6th at Blow Up... "Pop at its most glorious and heartbreaking" 5/5 Metro Album of the Week "A band to fall in love with" Independent on Sunday "A glorious collection of pop symphonies...it's hard not to be won over" **** Uncut "Grand, unabashed pop." 8/10 Pitchfork read more...
22.03.09 Blow Up now on Twitter
You can now follow Blow Up on Twitter for all the latest on the Blow Up Club and Blow Up Records read more...
23.01.09 Blow Up Club New Residency Launch at Bar Rumba - Sat. 24th Jan
Saturday the 17th January 2009 was last night ever of the Metro Club, 19-23 Oxford Street, London W1. Thank you to everybody who celebrated our last night with us and helped us go out with a bang! (more about the venue closure here). A very special and very memorable night (photos to be uploaded soon). Apologies to everyone who queued in the rain and didn't manage to get in! Tomorrow on Saturday 24th January 2009, Blow Up will start a new Saturday night residency at Bar Rumba, 36 Shaftesbury Avenue. This is an exciting move for the club, signalling another new era with a shift back to the Wag-era concept of Blow Up - a bigger capacity with 2 sound systems once again, lights, visuals - and essentially a return to the larger weekly 'special event' featuring weekly live showcases as part of the club itself. Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin and Ian Jackson will be also be joined by weekly guests DJs including some familiar names from over the club's history. read more...
16.01.09 Last Blow Up at the Metro / Last Ever Night of The Metro Club - Sat. 17th Jan. 2009
Take part in history - this will be the LAST EVER NIGHT at The Metro due to the venue closure. The Metro Club has been open as a club (under various names) since the 1950s - this will be your last chance ever to come to the venue. Tickets will not be on sale for tonight. Doors will open early - early arrival recommended! Blow Up will continue the following week on Saturday 24th January at Bar Rumba. read more...
22.12.08 BLOW UP club moves to new Saturday residency at BAR RUMBA - Sat 24th Jan 2009
Sat. 17th January 2009 - Blow Up - Last Ever Night of The Metro Club (details below) Sat. 24th January 2009 - Blow Up - Opening Night at Bar Rumba - (details below) A bona-fide legendary club night, and now in its 15th year, Blow Up was the centre of the early to mid Nineties Brit Pop explosion, influencing the style and sound of a generation, and voted No.4 in Time Out's Top Ten Clubs of the 90s. From its original venue The Laurel Tree, Camden Town (1993-1996), to the Wag Club (1996-2001) and then to the Metro Club (2002-2009), Blow Up has continued its long run of sold out nights for over 15 years in an unbroken run. And now, after a seven year residency at the Metro Club, Blow Up will be held here for the very last time on Saturday 17th January 2009, which will also be the last ever night for the Metro Club itself, after which its doors will close forever as a live venue and club (for press release re. venue closure see: www.blowupmetro.com/closure.aspx). The following week, on Saturday 24th January 2009, Blow Up will start a new Saturday night residency at Bar Rumba, 36 Shaftesbury Avenue. This is an exciting move for the club, signalling another new era with a shift back to the Wag-era concept of Blow Up - a bigger capacity with 2 sound systems once again, lights, visuals - and essentially a return to the larger weekly 'special event' featuring weekly live showcases as part of the club itself. Blow Up DJs Paul Tunkin and Ian Jackson will be also be joined by weekly guests DJs including some familiar names from over the club's history . Blow Up was founded by DJ and promoter Paul Tunkin in a Camden pub in Oct 1993. Records were played from the emerging 'British pop' scene (that came to be known as Brit Pop) together with Brit-centric 60s and 70s moves and grooves; swinging soundtracks to Mod Beat and Soul; classic pop from The Beatles to Bowie to Blur. The club still stays true to its early ideals - you will hear a selection of indie pop, new wave, pop electronique, underground 60s instrumentals, experimental grooves and easy listening - all sitting nicely alongside a selection of the current favs from artists such as MGMT and Vampire Weekend. Despite its love of buried treasures, Blow Up remains an accessible yet essential night that is always a great party, week after week, year after year. read more...
16.12.08 Blow Up New Year's Eve Party - Last ever at The Metro Club
This will be the last ever New Year's Eve at The Metro Club and as usual Blow Up will take the controls for the celebrations... Tix. £15 adv from the usual agents... http://www.myspace.com/blowupclub read more...
21.10.08 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] blowup.co.uk or on our facebook group / fan pages: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=21140595328 http://www.facebook.com/blowup Don't forget we're still on every Saturday at The Metro, and as usual arrive early! http://www.myspace.com/blowupclub http://www.blowupmetro.com/clubinfo.aspx?id=bu read more...
30.06.07 Exclusive Blend Volumes 1 and 2 Reissued
After a long wait during which saw some copies fetch silly prices on eBay, Volumes 1 and 2 have finally been reissued including a brand new pressing on vinyl. Compiled by Blow Up founder and main DJ Paul Tunkin, Volume 1 features Hammond-heavy classics from the KPM music library, and Volume 2 yet more dancefloor-friendly cuts from the KPM, De Wolfe, Amphonic and Sylvester music. Essential for DJs and collectors alike! read more...

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