The Blockheads

The Blockheads, the band that brought us Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick, What A Waste, Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3) and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, among many others is on its way to Buxton.

Starting out as the musicians 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 and rarely off the road since the legendary front man’s demise in 2000, The Blockheads are now working with Derek Hussey.

Hussey’s lyrics in the Blockhead’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 band’s followers as Dury’s best friend and minder, memorably singing with Ian and the group at a televised concert in the late 90s.

The current line-up includes Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, John Turnbull and Mick Gallagher who still remain from the original band line-up together with John Roberts on drums and a rolling line up of saxophonists that includes Gilad Atzmon, Terry Edwards and Dave Lewis.

The Blockheads Reasons to Be Cheerful takes place at Buxton Opera House on Friday 7 October at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £22.50.  To buy tickets call the Box Office on 01298 72190 or visit

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