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Artist Information and Dates Performing

The Blockheads

26 May 2018 - 08:45 pm

Where Playing: Imperial Rec

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 after nearly a decade 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.

Big Top: Imperial Recreation Ground


25th May 2018

6:00 pm Elfic the Jester show


26th May 2018

11:30 – 1:00pm  Circus skills workshop

1:30 – 3:00pm Circus skills workshop

4:00pm Show Circus Berzercus family Show


27th May 2018

11:30 – 1:00pm  Circus skills workshop

1:30 – 3:00pm Circus skills workshop

4:00 pm Spangles the Clown show


28th May 2018

11:30- 1:00pm Circus skills workshop

1:30 – 3:00pm Circus skills workshop

4:00pm Ben Cornish Show

6:00pm Dan the Hat stunt show

Non Music Events

In and around Exmouth

The East Devon Districts Countryside Team will be at the Imperial Rec from  Sat 26th May to Monday 27th May.

Wildflower planting activity, Nature based quiz and crafts and info on Wild East Devon.

On the Sunday and Monday there will be two free Mud walks from 10.30am to 12.30pm, meeting opposite the toilets on the entry into Imperial rec. These will be free but places need to be booked in advance via

Exmouth Ceramic Group

Saturday 26 May to Monday 28 May 11am - 4pm Exmouth Ceramic Group Exhibition.

Come along to a free exhibition to see what members and students have created with the ornaments.

Saturday 26 May 11am - 3pm Hands of clay fun day

Come and throw a pot for £3 or get creative with a ball of clay £1.

Sunday 27 May and Monday 28 May morning and afternoon Exmouth Ceramic Workshops for children and adults

£5 per session Sunday morning- Children 11.30-12.30. Adults afternoon 2-3.30 Monday morning - adults 11.30-12.30. Children afternoon 2-3.30 For more info and to book contact Sarah Carter at

2-4 Meeting Street (behind Glenhorchy Church on Exeter Road)

Library Events Sat 26th May

Adult Talks

10am - 11am In the Footsteps of the Invisible Witch with Tracey Norman  

Step back in time with local author and playwright Tracey Norman as she reveals the secrets of an obscure Lyme Regis court case from 1687 and how it inspired her to write her acclaimed play WITCH.

Examine copies of the original court documents, learn about the social history of the time and chat with the author about the play and the various projects leading from it.

11am - 12pm John Constable by James Armstrong

12pm - 1pm Heartlands - a life through poetry by Jeni Braund

1pm - 2pm Return of the Mantra with Susie Williamson

An African fantasy adventure.

2pm - 3pm Death, Disease & Dissection, a horrible history of 19th century medicine by Suzie Grogan

Find out about surgery before anaesthetic, the horrors of body snatching for the dissecting rooms, and the dangers of peddling quack medicines. At the end of this talk you will be even more grateful for the NHS.

3pm - 4pm Requirements of Guilt. A book discussion by David Bazell

Children’s Workshop

(Children’s Room)

11am - 12pm Gobblefunk Workshop with Jenny Kane (Free)

12pm - 1pm Through Time To London with Brindy Wilcox

(Free suitable for 8 yrs+)

A book reading and then an interactive activity where the kids help plan a new time-travel adventure for Brandy & Brinkley and closing with time for a brief Q&A.

1pm - 2pm An exciting craft session based on the Felix Whiter books with Ollie Tooley

Making a secret agent ID card, that can be disguised as a Credit Card. (6-10-year olds)

2pm - 3pm Exploring Romans and Celts with Ollie Tooley.

A craft session for 10-year olds and above.

Adult Workshops

(Reference Room)

10am - 11am Working with the Royals by the professional photographer Richard Lappas

involving everything you need to know about photographing celebrities including the best positions on the day, passes, payment for passes kit timings and the ladders.

11am - 12pm How To Catch a Publisher with P.J. Reed (£5.00 per person)

This workshop is aimed at writers who want to get their work published through traditional and non-traditional publishing outlets. It reviews the different types of publishing on offer, how to approach publishers, and how to build your market. 

12pm - 1pm Research for Stage and Page  with Tracey Norman (£5.00 per person)

1pm - 2pm Life Writing for Beginners with Jenny Kane (£5.00 per person)

2pm - 3pm So I Want To Write fiction with J.E. Hall

A beginner’s guide to story writing. (£5.00 per person)

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