PRS for Music honours Supergrass with music Heritage Award

PRS for Music today announces that Supergrass, will receive a PRS for Music Heritage Award on 3 October at the site of the gig where they were signed.

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. 

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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.

Supergrass founding member, Mick Quinn

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.

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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.

Guy Fletcher, Chair - PRS for Music

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:

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