Pavement plaques set to create ‘Walk of Fame’ trail through Camden Town
Amy Winehouse to be among music acts honoured with Hollywood Boulevard style tribute
04 October, 2018 — By Dan Carrier
A CELEBRATION of Camden Town’s musical heritage could soon grace its pavements, after council chiefs were asked to consider a bid to install 172 plaques along the High Street and Chalk Farm Road.
The Music Walk of Fame project, organised by a group led by renowned Camden Town music impresario Lee Bennett, echoes Hollywood’s famous pavement tributes to film stars. The organisers, MWF London, believe the plaques, which will be laid over a 20-year period, would mark Camden’s unique place in British cultural history.
Nominees will come from both the public and industry grandees, and will become something as treasured as a Grammy or a Brit, Mr Bennett suggested this week.
He added: “It is an award that will become one of the highest accolades in the industry, a permanent reminder of someone’s input into our cultural landscape.”
Paving stones are likely to celebrate the likes of Bill Fuller, the founder of the Electric Ballroom, and well-known figures such as Amy Winehouse, Madness and The Clash, who have either lived here or played their first or memorable gigs here.
The plaques will provide not only a new landmark for visitors but a sense of civic pride for residents, said Mr Bennett, adding: “Camden Town is awash with musical history. It is unique and goes back through generations, from the Victorian era when the area was at the heart of the piano industry, to the role it played in Irish music in London, through to having the Clash and Led Zeppelin rehearsing at the Electric Ballroom. The stories are endless and it isn’t all about Britpop, it is such a rich tapestry of different styles.”
He said that as Camden Town evolves, it is more important than ever to remember its past. “In an ever-changing neighbourhood, we are looking to preserve and celebrate what is Camden Town’s focal point – its music.”
And the installations will also help with crowds in Camden Town, claims Mr Bennett. With the route starting and ending at Chalk Farm and Mornington Crescent, the organisers believe that visitors will be encouraged to get off the tube before or after Camden Town, helping relieve overcrowding and also bringing extra footfall to businesses on the edges of the Camden Town centre.
Mr Bennett said: “Our research has shown it will lessen the traffic coming out of Camden Town. “We did not want to add to any extra footfall there, and we have worked with the council’s highways team to avoid pinch points.”
The project has been in the pipeline for five years but is now at the stage of putting firm proposals under the eyes of Town Hall planning officers. Officials are currently looking at the designs to see if they pass building control rules.