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About Blow Up

A bona-fide legendary club night, and now in its 25th year, Blow Up was the club 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. Describing Blow Up in Time Out's London Calling book 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 (2009-2014), Blow Up is one of London's longest running club nights. It has also hosted events around the UK and in Europe, USA, Russia and Japan, whilst the Blow Up club compilations ('Blow Up A-Go-Go!' and 'Blow Up presents Exclusive Blend') have increased the Blow Up reach to audiences worldwide.

See more: Blow Up press here and flyers in the Blow Up scrapbook here

Blow Up Girl with Big BenBlow 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 - Expect classic tracks from both Blow Up's past and present: from Brit Pop era favourites 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, Pop Electronique & Ye-Ye! 

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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

A feel-good hotspot for retro pop. Rest assured, London isn't about to stop swinging.
Metro London , January 2009

A refreshing break from the over-polished venue this hidden gem focuses on the music. Paul Tunkin has been DJing at Blow Up since 1993. His experience has paid off and this little beauty has stood the test of time The Evening Standard, 2008

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

By the time Blur played Alexandra Palace about a year after Blow Up started, the whole audience looked like they went there. It's global and I think it started at Blow Up John Best of Savage & Best PR on Britpop

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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