Heritage Award

The PRS for Music Heritage Award is a ceremonial plaque installed in a public place to commemorate a link between a famous musician or music band and the location they performed their first live gig.[1][2] The UK-wide plaque is awarded and funded by PRS for Music.[3][4]

A PRS for Music Heritage Award celebrating Blur's first gig in 1989 at the East Anglian Railway Museum near Colchester


The PRS for Music Heritage Award was created in 2009 by PRS for Music in order to celebrate the first performances of the UK's leading bands.[3] The inaugural award is seen as a unique scheme to celebrate UK music venues which have played a pivotal role in launching the careers of some of the country's most iconic music acts.[5] The first Heritage Award was presented to the UK Britpop band Blur on 30 November 2009 by PRS for Music chairman Ellis Rich.[6]

Recipients of award

30 November 2009Blur[7] East Anglian Railway Museum, Essex
3 December 2009Dire Straits[8] Farrer House Deptford, London
25 February 2010Jethro Tull[9][10] Holy Family Church, Blackpool
23 March 2010Squeeze[11]Dance Hall, Greenwich, London
29 May 2010Elton John[12]The Namaste Lounge, Watford
3 June 2010Snow Patrol[13]Duke of York Pub, Belfast
21 September 2010Status Quo[14]Welcome Inn, Eltham , London
4 October 2011UB40[15]Hare & Hounds Pub, Birmingham
1 November 2011James[16]Former site of the Hacienda, Manchester
22 June 2012Soul II Soul[17]Electric, Brixton, London
19 September 2012Faithless[18]JazzCafé, Camden, London
3 October 2012Supergrass[19]Jericho Tavern, Oxford
6 March 2013Queen[20]Imperial College, London
13 November 2013Orbital[21]The Garage, Highbury, London
10 September 2014Spandau Ballet[22]Former site of The Blitz Club, Soho, London
4 May 2015 Pulp[23] The Leadmill, Sheffield
27 January 2017 Madness[24] The Dublin Castle, Camden, London


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  6. Blur's first venue to be honoured. BBC News (25 November 2009). Retrieved on 2010-09-29.
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  9. Jethro Tull honoured | M magazine: PRS for Music Members Magazine. M-magazine.co.uk (9 March 2010). Retrieved on 2010-09-29.
  10. Music legend returns to Blackpool – Blackpool Today. Blackpoolgazette.co.uk. Retrieved on 2010-09-29.
  11. Squeeze honoured with Greenwich plaque. Greenwich.co.uk (24 March 2010). Retrieved on 2010-09-29.
  12. Ashton, Robert. (24 May 2010) Heritage Award for Elton John venue. Music Week. Retrieved on 2010-09-29.
  13. Snow Patrol return to pub where their story began – News, Music & Gigs. Belfasttelegraph.co.uk (4 June 2010). Retrieved on 2010-09-29.
  14. Status Quo to be Honoured with Plaque at Site of First Gig Newshopper.
  15. UB40 See Plaque Unveiled at Kings Heath Pub, The Hare and Hounds Birmingham Post (4 October 2011).
  16. James Given a PRS for Music Award Northern Noise.
  17. Soul II Soul Plaque Unveiled in Brixton Your Local Guardian. Retrieved on 2014-02-24.
  18. Plaque Honours Dance Act Faithless Who Still Consider Camden Town to be Centre of their Music Camden New Journal. Retrieved on 2014-02-24.
  19. Supergrass Plaque for Oxford Venue where band began BBC News Oxfordshire. Retrieved on 2014-02-24.
  20. Queen Honoured with PRS for Music heritage award Music Week. Retrieved on 2014-02-24.
  21. Plaque commemorates Orbital's first gig DJ Mag. Retrieved on 2014-02-24.
  22. Spandau Ballet handed PRS Heritage Award at The Blitz Club Digital Spy. Retrieved on 2014-09-16.
  23. "Pulp get PRS Music Heritage Award at Sheffield venue". BBC News. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  24. "Madness honour legendary Camden venue The Dublin Castle". BBC News. Retrieved 28 January 2017.