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PRS for Music honours Supergrass with music Heritage Award 

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Tuesday, 11th September 2012


PRS for Music today announces that one of the UK’s greatest and best loved indie bands, Supergrass, will receive a PRS for Music Heritage Award on 3 October at the site of the gig where they were signed. The Jericho Tavern in Oxford is renowned for its support of local live music and where Supergrass performed regularly during their early years.


Supergrass founding member, Mick Quinn said of the Jericho Tavern:
“Everyone aspired to play the venue back in the day and I remember seeing my brother's band This Way Up play there as early as 1983. We received our first positive reviews as Theodore Supergrass at the Jericho in 1994, when the promoter Maccy burst into the dressing room after our gig telling us, “You've got it!” Soon after, the feeding frenzy of record company A&R men started.”


The group formed in 1993 and their first single, the era-defining Caught by the Fuzz was released in 1994.  They went on to carve out an idiosyncratic niche in British rock music over six studio albums, achieving a string of hit singles including Alright, Going Out and Pumping on your Stereo. The three piece of Gaz Coombes, Mick Quinn and Danny Goffey, officially joined later by Gaz's brother Rob Coombes, announced their split in 2010 to pursue other projects.
On the 3 October, a plaque will be erected on the wall of the Jericho Tavern. All four members will be reunited to receive this honour and celebrate the seminal Oxford music scene.


Guy Fletcher, PRS Chair commented: “It’s a rare talent that epitomises the feeling and energy of an entire decade. Supergrass were so much a part of our soundtrack to the 90’s and the guys worked incredibly hard. Their output was impressive and it is a genuine privilege to be presenting the group with this well deserved award. Oxford is an important hub for British music and live music venues like the Jericho Tavern need to be celebrated. It’s going to be a really special day.”


PRS for Music established the Heritage Award scheme in 2009 to recognise important live music venues where iconic bands and artists first performed. Previous awardees include Blur, Elton John, Soul II Soul, UB40, Snow Patrol, Faithless, James and Jethro Tull.



Notes to editors:
Contact / press accreditation for event:
Olivia Chapman
Media Relations Manager
Email: olivia.chapman@prsformusic.com
Phone: 020 7306 4229 / 07939 449 333


About the 3rd October:

  • The event is for media and special guests only
  • Gaz Coombes, Mick Quinn, Danny Goffey and Rob Coombes will be present to accept the award
  • The event starts 11am at the Jericho Tavern for the unveiling, speeches, photos and drinks reception
  • Any interview requests need to be emailed: olivia.chapman@prsformusic.com

Gaz Coombes:
Gaz Coombes’ launches a UK tour on 17th October following his critically acclaimed ‘Gaz Coombes Presents… Here Come The Bombs’. To coincide with these dates, Coombes will also digitally release the wistfully melodic and reflective ‘White Noise’. www.gazcoombes.com


Mick Quinn:
In May 2010 Mick formed the DB Band with former Shake Appeal bass player Paul Wilson. The band swap instruments during gigs and perform with drummer Nick Aspey. Described as heavier and hairier than the 'Grass, they released début EP, 'Stranger In The Alps' on 17 September 2011. www.dbband.com


Danny Goffey:
In between stints on popular cookery shows, Danny has been writing and recording his first solo record, under the moniker VANGOFFEY. The album is due for release next year.

Previous recipients of the PRS for Music Heritage award

 Date  Band Location
 30.11.2009  Blur  East Anglian Railway Museum, Essex
 03.12.2009  Dire Straits  Deptford, London
 25.02.2010  Jethro Tull  Holy Family Church, Blackpool
 23.03.2010  Squeeze  Dance Hall, Greenwich
 29.05.2010  Elton John  The Namaste Lounge, Watford
 03.06.2010  Snow Patrol  Duke Of York Pub, Belfast
 21.09.2010  Status Quo  Welcome Inn, Eltham
 04.10.2011  UB40  Hare & Hounds Pub, Birmingham
 01.11.2011  James  Former site of the Hacienda, Manchester
 21.06.2012  Soul II Soul  Electric Brixton (formerly, The Fridge), London
 19.09.2012  Faithless  The Jazz Café Camden, London


PRS for Music represents the rights of 90,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a not-for-profit organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced; championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914. PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth £3.8bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £630.8m in 2012 PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With 150 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music’s network represents over 2 million music creators. www.prsformusic.com


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