The Blow Monkeys play a special acoustic concert at Acapela Studio.
The Blow Monkeys formed in 1981, releasing a single “Live Today, Love Tomorrow” on the tiny Parasol label the following year and signing to RCA and releasing a debut album “Limping For A Generation” in 1982 which featured the timeless singles “Atomic Lullaby”, “Wildflower” & “The Man from Russia”.
It wasn’t until 1986, however, that the band achieved the commercial success that matched their critical acclaim, the song “Digging Your Scene” becoming a massive worldwide hit from the “Animal Magic” LP. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=no5XeOJHxK8
A year later the band released “It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way” which hit the No. 5 slot in the UK before the follow up album “She Was Only A Grocer’s Daughter” left controversy in its wake: if some remained unaware that erstwhile UK PM Margaret Thatcher was the daughter of a grocer then the subsequent duet with Chicago soul/funk legend Curtis Mayfield; “Celebrate (The Day After You)” left no doubt where The Blow Monkeys stood on the subject. Interestingly, The Blow Monkeys took a Thatcher aphorism – namely, “there’s no such thing as society” – as a starting point for their next album, “Whoops! There Goes The Neighbourhood” a politically-motivated record that featured “Wait“, a collaboration with soul diva Kym Mazelle.
The latter proved an epiphany of sorts (although RCA released a greatest hits compilation, “Choices“, that immediately achieved gold status in 1989) and featured the Balearic classic “La Passionara” and “Be Not Afraid“, a duet with the original and legendary Algerian Rai rebel Cheb Khaled.
Fast forward a quarter of a century and The Blow Monkeys are back together and remain “Dr.” Robert Howard (vocals, guitar), Neville Henry (saxophone), Mick Anker (bass) and Tony Kiley (drums).
Book a table for pre-concert dining
Acapela Studio provides pre-concert dining between 6.00pm and 7.30pm from our wood burning pizza oven. To view the current menu visit here.
Please purchase your concert tickets first before booking a table. We will not accept any table bookings that do not have a corresponding ticket purchase.
Then return to the event page to book your table, by selecting the date of your event, number of diners and time you require table. The times shown are the only vacancies left. Please complete your email and phone number as this is required to ensure your table is allocated. You will receive confirmation of your booking by email and text.
If on the date you have chosen no tables are available - no times will be shown and the booking system will revert you back to todays date - PLEASE ENSURE YOU BOOK THE CORRECT DATE!
PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE RELIES ON THE INCOME FROM DINING TO ENSURE WE CAN BOOK ALL THE GREAT ACTS PERFORMING.
Income from the provision of pizzas is very important to the venue and if you have booked a table it is a requirement that all people sat at tables order food - a salad alternative is available to pizzas. Please do ensure that all individuals will be ordering on your table - if this is not the case please cancel your table so others who are looking to dine can do so. Our apologies to raise this but recently we have had many tables (some very large) where less than 50% of those sat at tables have ordered food. Financially this is a real problem to the sustainability of the venue.
- All seating at tables must purchase a pizza - so please do not book a table if everyone is not eating.
- Please ensure that you arrive 10 minutes before the time slot allocated to order your pizzas prior to your booking time.
- Tables not seated within 15 minutes of the allocated time may be lost and allocated to other audience members wishing to order pizzas.
- If you wish to book a table for 6 or more please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that all of our pizzas are made fresh to order and cooked in an authentic wood-fired oven. It may take up to 45 minutes to be served during busy periods.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO BOOK A TABLE YOU CAN STILL ORDER PIZZAS ON THE NIGHT (USUALLY ON BUSY NIGHTS NO LATER THAN 7.15PM) AND WE WILL SERVE THEM TO YOU WHEREVER YOU ARE SAT IN THE VENUE - IN A PIZZA BOX.