The latest recipient of the PRS for Music Heritage Award is Ian Anderson, founder of Jethro Tull. His first gig, as a member of The Blades, took place at the Holy Family RC Church in Blackpool, Lancashire.
PRS for Music set up the Heritage Award last year in order to recognise the performance birthplaces of the UK’s legendary music acts. Jethro Tull is the third act band to honoured in this way.
On receiving the award, Ian Anderson said: ‘I’m honoured and delighted that the birthplace of my musical career has been chosen to be marked in this way. Some forty-six years, sixty million album sales and three thousand gigs later, I look back to that night at the church hall with fondness and thanks.’
More Heritage Awards are scheduled to take place over the coming months. Check prsformusic.com/heritageaward for up to date information, as well as for details of how to nominate the sites of other legendary first acts.