Madness have presented an iconic London music venue with a prestigious plaque for the part it played in launching the band's career.

They played at the Dublin Castle in Camden Town as a new band back in 1979, which soon turned into a year-long residency.

Not long after, they were establishing themselves with hits such as One Step Beyond and My Girl – the video which was filmed at the pub.

This week they unveiled the PRS for Music Heritage Award, which is given to venues that have played an important part in helping to create music history.




Previous PRS for Music Heritage Awards have been given to independent venues that have helped the likes of Queen, Pulp, Spandau Ballet, UB40, Status Quo, Soul II Soul, Sir Elton John and Blur.

In a statement Madness, said: "When we started out there were tons of pubs, clubs and flower shops for bands to start out in, like how we did it.

"When you hear about all the venues we've lost in London over the last few years it makes us sad and worried about how new bands will ever get the opportunity to break through from the live scene, Gawd Bless The Dublin Castle and all the independent venues fighting the good fight."



Alo Conlon, owner of the Dublin Castle, said: "We feel very much part of the fabric of Madness's history and so it's an honour to receive this award. We pride ourselves on investing in emerging talent and giving them the platform they deserve and plan to do so for a very long time to come."

The award was handed out yesterday as part of Independent Venue Week.



Paul Clements, Commercial Director, PRS for Music, said: "Independent venues play such a vital role in the development and growth of so many artists. From a first live gig, to a secret performance from a music legend, these independent venues are the creative spaces that help the UK music industry to flourish."