The Blockheads + The Punk Freud *

The Blockheads + The Punk Freud *

21st July 2023

This gig is for a standing audience.

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, Charlie Charles, John Turnbull, and Mick Gallagher – became known as The Blockheads.

As Ian Dury & The Blockheads they went back out on tour, and in 1978 released What a Waste, a single that reached #5 in the U.K. charts. They were then joined by saxophonist Davey Payne and toured the U.S.A supporting Lou Reed. In 1979, the classic single Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick reached #1 in the UK charts and the follow up Reasons To Be Cheerful Part 3 hit #3 in the UK charts. This was swiftly followed by arguably the band's masterpiece, the Do It Yourself LP.

Ian Dury & The Blockheads disbanded in 1982 and did not play again until the early 1990’s when they reformed to perform at the ‘Madstock’ festival in Finsbury Park headlined by Madness.

Original members Micky Gallagher, Johnny Turnbull, Chaz Jankel will be joined by new lead singer Mike Bennett plus special guests back at Colchester Arts Centre having played here annually since 2000.

The Punk Freud
Punk is not dead but DAD with this 4 piece band, with a collective experience of 160 years of playing live music. Expect originals mixed with tracks you can pogo your pants off too.

Tickets £30 / £28 concessions.
Doors open 7.30pm, starts 8pm.
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