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The Blockheads

‘Ian Dury owed his brilliance to no one. But he owed his stardom to The Blockheads’ ~ The Word

Starting out as the band behind Ian Dury, the Blockheads are a legendary outfit that has grown in stature from the late 70s right up to the present day. Rarely off the road since the demise of Ian Dury in 2000, the Blockheads are still one of the most underrated British bands of all time, with a legion of fans of all ages.

Legendary band The Blockheads return to Ropetackle, performing classic hits spanning over five decades including ‘What a Waste’, ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’, ‘Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick’ and ‘Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3’.

Formed in 1977 and originally fronted by lead singer Ian Dury, the band has continued to perform since Ian’s death in 2000. The band still boasts original members Chaz Jankel (guitar and keyboards), Mick Gallagher (keyboards and piano), and John Turnbull (vocals and guitar) alongside new members John Roberts and Nathan King, a rolling line-up of saxophonists, and their new lead vocalist, to be announced.

‘Given the times, those ancient Blockheads sound more here-and-now than anyone’ ~ Uncut

Music, Rock, atom

Wednesday 2nd November 2022 - Starts 8pm


  • star rating  Have been to several shows at Ropetackle Arts Centre. Plenty of variety for all tastes. It is great that you can sit in the comfort of a table and chair... read more

    Arnicaqueen
    October 10, 2019
  • star rating  This venue is great for a night out. They have an assortment of entertainment, we mainly see bands or tribute bands. The one in July was Eagles tribute and the... read more

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    October 10, 2019
  • star rating  A great local venue, always something on that appeals to all people. Lovely to have a local arts venue and not to have to go to Brighton

    chris b
    July 28, 2019
  • star rating  Recently moved to Shoreham, and it’s lovely to have an arts centre. There are lots of activities and the cafe provides a friendly central hub. We have attended several... read more

    JoM767
    July 28, 2020
  • star rating  Attracts great diverse acts from nostalgic 1970s acts to new local talent as well as great comedy. Bar and informal restaurant there as well with good ale and appetising home... read more

    davidj0d0nnell
    August 18, 2019
  • star rating  We have been to the panto at the Ropetackle several times and this year it was as good, if not better than ever. It had all the ingredients we... read more

    lhrhkg
    December 29, 2019
  • star rating  Recently moved to Shoreham, and it’s lovely to have an arts centre. There are lots of activities and the cafe provides a friendly central hub. We have attended several... read more

    avatar thumb Jo M
    July 28, 2020
  • star rating  First visit from Southampton to the Ropetackle for a Jon Boden concert. We had a excellent experience considering covid.

    steveg1950
    December 11, 2020
  • star rating  A great local venue, always something on that appeals to all people. Lovely to have a local arts venue and not to have to go to Brighton

    P5713BRevieb
    July 28, 2019
  • star rating  Just returned from our first visit to this place to see a band. The refreshment prices were good for a venue, half the price of places like the o2 or... read more

    Marc H
    October 14, 2019
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