Orbital receive Heritage Award

Seminal dance duo Orbital received a PRS for Music Heritage Award today to mark the spot of their first full gig – The Garage in Highbury, London.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 12 Nov 2013
  • min read
The pair first performed at the venue, formerly known as Town & Country II, on 18 March 1990 before going on to headline stages at Glastonbury Festival and the Royal Albert Hall.

Orbital brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll were at The Garage for the unveiling of their Heritage plaque and were greeted by fans, members of the press and Mark Lawrence, PRS for Music’s director of membership and rights.

The band are widely credited with helping to define an important era of British electronic music. They emerged at the height of acid house in 1989 with their first release Chime, a track which went on to become a rave anthem.

They have since produced eight acclaimed studio albums including their latest, Wonky, which was released last year. Paul and Phil have also scored soundtracks for films such as Luis Prieto’s UK remake of Nicholas Winding Refn’s gritty crime thriller Pusher.

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