Camden’s Famous Music Venue Dingwalls Is Being Renamed

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Camden’s Famous Music Venue Dingwalls Is Being Renamed

Iconic Camden venue Dingwalls will rise from the lockdown with a brand new identity.

The famous music venue—which has hosted everyone from The Sex Pistols and Amy Winehouse to Coldplay and George Ezra—will be renamed The PowerHaus, following copyright issues with the name Dingwalls.

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Dingwalls opened back in 1973 under the name ‘Dingwalls Dance Hall’ before becoming known for its lively jazz club ‘Talkin’ Loud and Saying Something’ in the 90s, which was run by Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forge. Nowadays it holds a special place in the hearts of many music lovers—with regular gigs and events still being held there.

Legendary music promoter Vince Power, who bought the Camden Market venue back in June, has chosen to call it ‘The PowerHaus’ after one of his former Islington venues that was open in the 90s. The original spot housed gigs from the likes of Radiohead and The Stone Roses.

Power hopes the newly-named venue will become the best music venue in Camden, hosting the same high calibre of artists it has seen in its rich past. And if his track record is anything to go by, it’s in very good hands. The 73 year-old owns a bunch of other London venues, including Nell’s Jazz and Blues in Kensington and The Fiddler in Kilburn. He has also promoted some pretty massive names throughout his career, such as Bob Dylan and Patti Smith.

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He first arrived on the scene in 1982 after opening Harlesden country and western venue The Mean Fiddler, playing host to Johnny Cash and The Pogues. This later grew into the Mean Fiddler Music Group, which became an empire of festivals, venues, nightclubs and restaurants.


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