PRS for Music has announced that iconic UK indie band Supergrass is to be honoured with the PRS for Music Heritage Award on October 3rd at the Jericho Tavern in Oxford – the venue where they were signed.
The Oxford venue is well known for its support of local live music, as well as for playing host to several early Supergrass gigs.
The band’s bass player and 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.”
A plaque will be erected on the wall of the Jericho Tavern on October 3rd, when all four members will be reunited to receive the award and celebrate Oxford’s music scene.
Guy Fletcher, PRS chairmain, 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 90s 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 award winners include Blur, Elton John, Soul II Soul, UB40, Snow Patrol, Faithless, James and Jethro Tull.
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