The Blockheads are heading our way this summer

Posted On 19 Feb 2019 at 12:22 am

The Blockheads

Starting out as the band behind Ian Dury, The Blockheads are a legendary outfit that has grown in stature from the early days of the Stiff tour in 1977, right up to the present day.

Backing up Ian Dury’s poetic lyrics, this is the band that brought you ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’, ‘What A Waste’, ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3)’, and ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’, among many others.

The Blockheads are to appear locally in Sussex on Friday 14th June at The Old Market, which can be found on 11a Upper Market Street, Hove, BN3 1AS.

Rarely off the road since the demise of Ian Dury in 2000, but now with Derek Hussey fronting the band, the Blockheads are still one of the most underrated British bands of all time, with a legion of fans of all ages.

The Blockheads

Their last studio album, ‘Beyond the Call of Dury’, was released in November 2017, which lead into the 40​th Anniversary of the band, and complements the upcoming documentary ‘The Blockheads: Beyond the Call of Dury’. It continues to show both their diversity and supreme quality, as well as showcasing their uniqueness.

Derek Hussey’s lyrics in the band’s new songs keep the combination of poetry, word play, earthy humour and deadly-accurate observations of everyday, British working-class life, that Ian Dury had perfected, but with an added bite for the 21st century. Hussey is known to the bands followers as Dury’s best friend and minder, memorably singing with Ian and the band at a televised concert in the late 90’s.

As well as through their own new material, interest in ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’, the recent biopic of their erstwhile front man Ian Dury, the performance of ‘Spasticus Autisticus’ at the 2012 Para-Olympic Opening Ceremony, and the musical ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful’, has seen a resurgence in the bands popularity over the few years and they continue to go from strength to strength.

The Blockheads (pic Tammy Lynn Photography)

Along with some new material from their latest album, you can expect to hear ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’, ‘Wake Up And Make Love With Me’, ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3)’, ‘What A Waste’, ‘Clevor Trever’, ‘Sweet Gene Vincent’ and many more from the illustrious back catalogue.

The Blockheads are fronted by Derek ‘The Draw’ Hussey, and Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, John Turnbull and Mick Gallagher still remain from the original band. The current line-up is augmented by John Roberts on drums and a rolling line up of saxophonists that includes Gilad Atzmon, Terry Edwards and Dave Lewis.

Edward Gilroy, Coastal Events Ltd, Says “I’ll​ never forget the first time I heard The Blockheads live. After seeing what must be in excess of a thousand live acts over the years, some of which are household names, the moment they started their sound check I was agog. The pedigree sharing the stage produce an incredibly tight and almost hypnotic sound. It’s easy to see why they have such a loyal fanbase. We’re over the moon to be putting them on in such a great venue which will showcase the band’s mighty talents”.

Tickets for The Blockheads concert at The Old Market are available from the venue box office on 01273 201 801 and online at

More information on The Blockheads HERE.

The iconic Blockheads logo


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