Performance Rights Society (PRS) for Music

The PRS for Music Heritage Award scheme honours the performance birthplaces of legendary bands, artists and songwriters - as well as recognising the network of pubs, clubs and live music venues that have been integral in providing a training ground for the best of UK music talent. The scheme launched by unveiling a commemorative plaque to Blur openplaques:id=4846 at the site of their first ever gig in the Goods Yard of the East Anglian Railway Museum, Colchester. The plaque unveiling took place on Monday 30 November. Hot on its heels was another Heritage Award celebration, this time to Dire Straits openplaques:id=2258 whose musical birthplace was outside a block of flats in Deptford, South-East London. There are more UK-wide Heritage Awards in the planning which will be charted on a special interactive map - and this is where you come in. If you, your friends or your family members were at the first gig of an act you think PRS for Music should recognise in this way, please email Or if you have photos, memorabilia or merchandise from any of these ‘musical birthplaces’, PRS for Music would love to hear from you. If we make an award based on your suggestion, we promise to invite you to the celebration.

Blur heritage award.
Blur first gigged here 1989

Goods Yard, East Anglian Railway Museum, Colchester, United Kingdom

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Ian Anderson - founder of Jethro Tull first gigged here 1964

Holy Family Church, Links Road, Blackpool, United Kingdom

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Squeeze first gigged here 1975 (plaque awaiting planning permission)

Greenwich Dance Agency, The Borough Halls, Royal Hill, London, United Kingdom

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Sir Elton John CBE

Northwood Hills Pub (Namaste Lounge), Northwood Hills, London, United Kingdom

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Dire Straits first gigged here 1977

Farrer House, Church Street, Deptford, London, United Kingdom

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UB40 first gigged here 9 February 1979 Hare and Hounds

Hare & Hounds, 104 High Street, Kings Heath, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Status Quo first gigged here 1967 at the Welcome Inn

The Edens, Well Hall Road, Eltham, London, United Kingdom

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Snow Patrol first gigged here 1998

Duke of York pub, Belfast, United Kingdom

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Orbital first performed here 18 March 1990 The Garage (formerly Town and Country II)

The Garage, 20-22 Highbury Crescent, London, United Kingdom

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Supergrass first performed here, 1994, The Jericho Tavern

56 Walton Street, Oxford, United Kingdom

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James first gigged here 17 November 1982 at The Haçienda

The Haçienda Apartments, 11-13 Whitworth Street West, Manchester, United Kingdom

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Pulp first performed here 16 August 1980 at The Leadmill

The Leadmill, Leadmill Road, Sheffield, United Kingdom

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Faithless first gigged here 5th March 1996 Jazz Cafe

Jazz Cafe, Camden, London, United Kingdom