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.





MARCH 2020

Sunday 1st    Great British Alt Festival, Minehead

Thursday 19th    Robin 2, Mount Pleasant, Bilston, Wolverhampton    Re-scheduled

Friday 20th    The Met, Market St, Bury      Re-scheduled

Saturday 21st    King George's Hall, Northgate, Blackburn      Re-scheduled

Saturday 28th    ARC Centre, Dovecot St, Stockton on Tees           Re-scheduled

APRIL 2020

Friday 3rd    Leytonstone Ballroom, Leytonstone, London    Re-scheduled

Sunday 12th    Settle Victoria Hall, Settle, North Yorks     Re-scheduled

Monday 13th   Nantwich Civic Hall, Nantwich, Cheshire       Re-scheduled

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

​MAY 2020

Saturday 16th    St George's Theatre, King St, Great Yarmouth     Rescheduled

Sunday 24th    Stone Valley Festival South       Re-scheduled

JUNE  2020

Saturday 20th    The Court Theatre, Tring, Herts     Re Scheduled

Saturday 26th    Togfest, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes   Re Scheduled

JULY 2020

Sunday 5th    South Norwood Recreational Ground, South Norwood

Saturday 25th    Strings Bar and Venue, Newport, Isle of Wight    Re Scheduled


Sunday 2nd    Valley Fest, Denny Lane, Chew Magna, Bristol   Re-Scheduled

Friday 7th    Chelmsford City Racecourse, Chelmsford 

Saturday 8th    Leytonstone Ballroom, High Rd, Leytonstone

Friday 28th    Stone Valley Festival South            Re-Scheduled

Saturday 29th    Watchet Festival, Parsonage Farm, Watchet     Re-Scheduled

Sunday 30th    A New Day Festival, Faversham, Kent 


Saturday 12th    X-Fest, Halifax Victoria Theatre, Halifax   Re-Scheduled

Saturday 5th    Stone Valley Festival North, Stanhope Ground, Co Durham

Sunday 13th    Darlington Rhythm & Blues Festival, Market Sq, Darlington    Re-Scheduled


Wednesday 14th    Robin 2, Mount Pleasant, Bilston    Re Scheduled

Thursday 15th    The Met, Market St, Bury    Re-Scheduled

Friday 16th    King George's Hall, Northgate, Blackburn     Re-Scheduled

Saturday 17th     ARC Centre, Stockton on Tees    Re-Scheduled


Saturday 7th    Gorilla, Manchester    Re Scheduled

Thursday 12th    The Flowerpot, Derby    Re Scheduled

Friday 13th    The Junction, Cambridge    Re Scheduled

Saturday 14th    The Empire, Coventry

Thursday 15th    The Sub Rooms, George Street, Stroud  Re Scheduled

Friday 20th    The Brook, Southampton    Re Scheduled

Saturday 21st    Concorde 2, Brighton    Re Scheduled

Friday 27th    Portland House, Cardiff    Re Scheduled

Saturday 28th    Rescue Rooms, Nottingham    Re Scheduled




Thursday 3rd    Settle Victoria Hall, Settle, North Yorks               Ticket Link

Friday 4th  Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh   Re Scheduled

Saturday 5th    Oran Mor, Byres Rd, Glasgow    Re Scheduled

Sunday 6th    The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen    Re Scheduled

Friday 11th    Epic Studios, Norwich

Saturday 12th    229 Club, London    Re Scheduled

Friday 18th    The Roadmender, Northampton    Re Scheduled

Saturday 19th    Club Academy, Manchester




Wednesday 10th    Robin  2, Mount Pleasant, Bilston

Thursday 11th    King George's Hall, Northgate, Blackburn  -  Re Scheduled

Friday 12th    ARC Centre, Stockton on Tees.      Re Scheduled

Saturday 20th    Players Lounge, Radford Way, Billericay      Re Scheduled

APRIL 2021

Monday 5th    Nantwich Town Hall. Nantwich

Thursday 15th    Settle Victoria Hall, Settle, North Yorks

Friday 16th  Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh 

Saturday 17th    Oran Mor, Byres Rd, Glasgow 

Sunday 18th    The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen 

MAY 2021

Saturday 22nd    St Georges Theatre, Great Yarmouth 

Thursday 27th    The Met, Market St, Bury

Saturday 29th    Players Lounge, Radford Way, Billericay 

Sunday 30th    Stone Valley Festival  South



JUNE 2021

Friday 4th    The Court Theatre, Tring, Herts

Saturday 26th   Togfest, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes

​JULY 2021

Saturday 24th    Smoked & Uncut Festival 


Sunday 1st    Valley Fest, Denny Lane, Chew Magna, Bristol 

Saturday 7th    Strings Bar & Venue, Isle of Wight 

Saturday 28th    Watchet Festival, Parsonage Farm, Watchet


Friday 10th    The Junction, Cambridge

Saturday 11th    Club Academy, Manchester

Sunday 12th    Darlington Rhythm & Blues Festival, Market Square, Darlington 



Friday 1st.   ARC Centre, Stockton on Tees

Saturday 2nd   X-Fest, Halifax Victoria Theatre, Halifax  

Friday 15th    Portland House, Cardiff

Thursday 21st    Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

Friday 22nd    The Court Theatre, Station Rd, Tring

Saturday 23rd   Concorde 2, Brighton

Friday 29th    King Georges Hall, Northgate, Blackburn


Friday 19th    The Sub Rooms, George Street, Stroud

Saturday 20th    229 Club, London

Thursday 25th    The Met, Market St, Bury

Friday 26th    The Brook, Southampton

Saturday 27th    The Roadmenders, Northampton  TBC


Thursday 16th    The Flowerpot, Derby


MARCH 2022

Saturday 19th    The Picture Dome, Market Walk, Holmfirth