Blow Up : New Friday Residency for 2015 // NYE Party at St. Moritz Soho
We’re pleased to announce that Blow Up will return to Soho for a weekly Friday night at the St Moritz Club, Wardour St – in January 2015 and will be preceded by a Blow Up New Year’s Eve event at the venue.
Blow Up founder and DJ Paul Tunkin will be booking a live act each week to perform as part of the night.
St. Moritz Club is a basement venue in the heart of Soho, and one of the last ‘original’ venues in the West End, virtually unchanged since the 60s.
Paul Tunkin said "I have always wanted to do a night in St Moritz and have we’ve finally got around to it!"
Please note Blow Up will also be returning to Peckham’s Bussey Building for club events south of the river where we have been operating from since 2013.
ABOUT THE BLOW UP CLUB:
CLUB HISTORY: October 16th 2014, marked exactly 21 years to the day when doors opened to the Blow Up club for the first time. 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, for which Blow Up programmed the music and ran the award winning venue), and through various London venues since (2009-2014), Blow Up is one of London’s longest running club nights. Blow Up has hosted events in Europe, and further afield including events in USA, Russia and Japan, whilst the club compilations (‘Blow Up A-Go-Go!‘ and ‘Blow Up presents Exclusive Blend‘) 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 ground breaking 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.
BLOW UP PLAYLIST: 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 . . . colliding with 60’s Dancefloor sounds of Soul, Beat, Garage, Funk, Ska, Swinging Soundtracks, Hammond Heavy Jazz, Pop Electronique, Easy Listening & Ye-Ye! French Pop and Brit Pop, Glam, Mod & New Wave Action.
No.4: Time Out’s Top Ten Club’s of The 90s
"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 Roxy, Blitz Club, Shoom, Syndrome & Blow Up: Vox Magazine’s 5 Classic Clubs of our Time
"Blow Up was the London club night that helped spark the Britpop movement" MOJO Classic
"The club that changed the world" Melody Maker
"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
"Where Britpop was born" Time Out
"The London clubland institution" The Guardian Guide
"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
"Year after year, Blow Up just seems to get better" The Evening Standard