Plaque-Life - Blur Given Inaugural PRS Music Heritage Award

Posted: 25th November 2009

Damon Albarn and chums are probably used to winning awards by now - a gold disc here, a BRIT there - but now they have been acclaimed with something a little different - a commemorative plaque as part of the PRS Music Heritage Award.

Blur's very first gig was in 1989 at the Goods Shed, East Anglian Railway Museum in Colchester and to mark this landmark in musical history, the plaque will be erected at the same shed on Monday November 30th. There will be a short ceremony to celebrate the moment.

The PRS (Performing Rights Society) have launched the award to celebrate locations responsible for pivotal moments in British musical history. This could be a venue such as a pub or rehearsal room, a dwelling connected with an artist's song-writing conception or the birthplace of a legend.

The next award will be to Dire Straits' birthplace, a block of flats in Deptford.

PRS are encouraging people who attended a landmark first gig or rehearsal to get in touch with them. See the website for details.

Paul Pledger