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]


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

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


  1. ^ Plaque marks Jethro Tull's Blackpool church gig. BBC News (25 February 2010). Retrieved on 2010-09-29.
  2. ^ Ashton, Robert. (23 March 2010) Squeeze that spot. Music Week. Retrieved on 2010-09-29.
  3. ^ a b PRS for Music launches Heritage Award. Prsformusic.com. Retrieved on 2010-09-29.
  4. ^ Plaque-Life – Blur Given Inaugural PRS Music Heritage Award – News,Blur. Allgigs.co.uk. Retrieved on 2010-09-29.
  5. ^ Blur honoured M magazine: PRS for Music Members Magazine. M-magazine.co.uk (9 March 2010). Retrieved on 2010-09-29.
  6. ^ Blur's first venue to be honoured. BBC News (25 November 2009). Retrieved on 2010-09-29.
  7. ^ Blur honoured with railway museum plaque. Thisistotalessex.co.uk (25 November 2009). Retrieved on 2010-09-29.
  8. ^ news : UK Music Heritage Plaque award. Markknopfler.com. Retrieved on 2010-09-29.
  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 2016-08-15. 
  24. ^ "Madness honour legendary Camden venue The Dublin Castle". BBC News. Retrieved 2017-01-28.