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The Blockheads

Formed in 1977 to promote Ian Durys' album 'New Boots and Panties' on the first Stiff Records tour of the U.K. Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, Charlie Charles, John Turnbull and Mick Gallagher became known as 'The Blockheads'.

In 1978 released 'What a Waste' that reached number five in the U.K. charts. They were then joined by saxophonist Davey Payne and toured the U.S.A supporting Lou Reed across North America ending with their own dates in California.

 

In 1978 Chaz composed 'Hit me with your Rhythm Stick' with Ian, and in 1979 had a number one hit record with it in the U.K. They went on to record the 'Do it Yourself' album and toured Europe and the U.K. recording 'Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3' in Rome. Released as a single in late 1979 it reached number three in the U.K. charts.

 

In 1980 Wilko Johnson joined to record and release a third album called 'Laughter' and released 'I Want to be Straight' and 'Supermans Big Sister' as singles. They toured throughout 1981 in the U.K and Europe, ending the year with a tour of Australia.

 

In 1982 Ian Dury & The Blockheads disbanded and were not to play together again until 1987 when they went out to Japan to play three shows, disbanding again until 1990 when the death of Charlie Charles in September of that year re-united them to play two Benefit gigs at The Forum, Camden Town in aid of Charlies' family. The band recorded a live album 'Warts & Audience' at the Brixton Academy in December 1990.

 

In 1994 the band were invited to play the Madstock Festival in Finsbury Park which led to a series of hit and run gigs in Europe, Ireland, the U.K.and Japan throughout the rest of 1994 and 1995. In March 1996 Ian was diagnosed with cancer and, after recovering from an operation, was determined to write another album.

 

To this end The Blockheads went into rehearsal in August 1996 and began recording. The album 'Mr. Lovepants' was released in 1998 and in May, Ian & The Blockheads hit the road again.

 

The band now including Dylan Howe and Gilard Atzmon continued to play gigs throughout 1999. The last performance by Ian Dury & The Blockheads was February 6th 2000 at The London Palladium. Ian died at 9am on 27th March 2000.

 

At this point the band had to make a decision to either stop or continue. The choice was made and the band have continued making albums and touring the world. Now almost two decades since Ian passed away The Blockheads still perform to packed out venues around the world.

 

A new fan base has continued to build on the on the foundations already laid. Now after over thirty years The Blockheads are still building their wall of sound and it just gets bigger and better.

CURRENT TOUR DATES INCLUDE

 

2019

MAY 2019

Saturday 4th    The 1865, Brunswick Square, Southampton 

JUNE 2019

Friday 14th    The Old Market, Upper Market St, Brighton

JULY 2019

Saturday 27th    Faversham Town FC, Faversham, Kent

​​OCTOBER 2019

Friday 4th    Great British Alt Festival, Skegness

Friday 18th    The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh 

Saturday 19th    Oran Mor, Byres Road, Glasgow

NOVEMBER 2019

Friday 1st    The Woodville, Gravesend, Kent

DECEMBER 2019

Saturday 14th    Ripley Town Hall, Ripley

Friday 20th    Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich

2020

MARCH 2020

Sunday 1st    Great Britich Alt Festival, Minehead

Thursday 19th    Robin 2, Mount Pleasant, Bilston, Wolverhampton 

Friday 20th    The Met, Market St, Bury 

Saturday 21st    King George's Hall, Northgate, Blackburn 

Saturday 28th    ARC Centre, Dovecot St, Stockton on Tees 

APRIL 2020

Monday 13th   Nantwich Civic Hall, Nantwich, Cheshire 

Saturday 25th    Strings Bar & Venue, Newport, Isle of Wight

MAY 2020

Sunday 24th    Stone Valley Festival South 

JUNE  2020

Saturday 20th    The Court Theatre, Tring, Herts 

AUGUST 2020

Saturday 29th    Watchet Festival, Parsonage Farm, Watchet

Sunday 30th    A New Day Festival, Faversham, Kent 

NOVEMBER 2020

Friday 6th    The Roadmender, Northampton

Saturday 7th    Gorilla, Manchester

Thursday 12th    The Flowerpot, Derby

Friday 13th    The Junction, Cambridge

Saturday 14th    The Empire, Coventry

Friday 20th    The Brook, Southampton

Saturday 21st    Concorde 2, Brighton

Friday 27th    Portland House, Cardiff

Saturday 28th    Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

 

 

DECEMBER 2020

Friday 4th    La Belle Angele, Edinburgh 

Saturday 5th    Oran Mor, Byres Rd, Glasgow 

Sunday 6th    The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen 

Friday 11th    Epic Studios, Norwich

Saturday 12th    229 Club, London

 

MORE DATES TO FOLLOW...

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT COLIN BLACK  07846 427 810