Camden and music go hand-in-hand so it comes as no surprise that a high profile contribution to the local music scene has been recognised recently.
The PRS for Music Heritage Award scheme has honoured local Camden band Madness with a plaque, mounted in the Dublin Castle pub on Parkway. The award scheme honours sites that have witnessed the birth of some of the nation’s most loved music icons.
The ska band were present in person to witness the unveiling, quickly jumping behind the famous bar for a photo call. The popular pub was the venue for one of Madness's first ever gigs back in 1979, and was also used as a location during the filming of the band's promo video for the song My Girl.
Madness is among a number of bands and musicians who have remained true to their Camden roots, still being spotted living and working in their local community. It's even possible to drop in to the Dublin Castle for a pint and rub shoulders with Suggs and the nutty boys, minus the paparazzi.
In addition to Madness's accolade, dance act Faithless have a Heritage Award plaque to commemorate their first ever gig at Camden's Jazz Café, while the life-size statue of singer Amy Winehouse at the Stables Market continues to remind residents and visitors of Camden's musical pedigree.
The accolade is given to those live music venues across the UK that have played a crucial role in helping to create music history, by giving now-famous acts their first ever gig and helping them on their way to success.