Bloc Party first to play the Republik

Apr. 19, 2012 | 0 Comments
Bloc Party (Courtesy photo)

Bloc Party. (Courtesy photo)


Tickets go on sale Friday for a concert by a best-selling British rock band that will open a long-awaited venue in Honolulu.

Bloc Party will have the honor of being the first act to play at the Republik, a new concert venue run by local entrepreneur Charles “Chip” Jewitt, and Aubry Boutin, Matty Hazelgrove and Philip Pendleton of promotion company BAMP Project. The Republik takes over the former space of the O Lounge on Kapiolani Boulevard, which in turn was the original location of the China House Restaurant.

The concert will be held on Monday, July 30. Bloc Party has been on hiatus since 2009, but is working on its follow-up to the 2008 release, “Intimacy.”

The band initially made its name with its 2005 debut album “Silent Alarm,” followed up two years later with “A Weekend in the City.” The last piece of new music Bloc Party released was back in ’09, the single “One More Chance.”

The British rockers are making their live comeback this year, starting at the Peace & Love Festival in Sweden this summer. They will also perform at Germany’s Melt Festival in July before making their Hawaii debut performance.

Tickets are $36.50 general admission and $70 VIP (plus fees), with a $5 increase the day of the show. They will be on sale at all Local Motion stores; the Navy, Hickam and Marine Corps ITT offices, the U.S. Coast Guard MWR, the University of Hawaii-Manoa Campus Center, and online at and

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