Kidderminster’s Market Tavern Pub where Radiohead played to get heritage blue plaque

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An iconic Kidderminster music venue where acts from Radiohead to Catatonia and Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant carried out is to be honoured with a heritage blue plaque.

Rock and indie followers raised sufficient money to safe the Market Tavern the honour in simply two hours on GoFundMe on September 6.

In its Nineteen Nineties heyday, the previous pub with a capability of simply 300 hosted rising bands on its small stage from Radiohead to Catatonia, Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine, Terrorvision, Chumbawamba and extra.

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Mark Badgeman, the previous promoter for the venue off Comberton Hill, teamed up with Richard Morley, the lead singer in Kidderminster’s Pale Kings band to launch the Blue Plaque crowdfunding enchantment.

They aimed to elevate £600 in the direction of the prices concerned and cash got here flooding in from music followers.

The pair already have approval from Kidderminster Civic Society that the Market Tavern may be awarded a blue plaque.

It will element it as a website of historic significance, where it as soon as stood, which is now flats in Ray Mercer Way.



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Photo of Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine band on stage at Market Tavern, which they autographed afterwards

Mark, whose guide Memories of the Market Tavern relives the Kidderminster music scene from 1990 to 1996, stated: “I had no thought we may elevate the cash this shortly. It simply exhibits the power of feeling on the market for this venue.

“When I labored on the Market Tavern, I used to be younger and it was enjoyable, however years later I can see that it actually meant one thing to individuals. It was an alternate youth membership for degenerates and other people felt a connection to it.

“Radiohead had been simply beginning out and their gig in Kidderminster was postponed till the top of the tour, however by that point, their album was within the Top 40.



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Mark Badgeman, who promoted Market Tavern within the Nineteen Nineties

“Then there was Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine. They played their first album launch there and saved coming again, even after they had been too massive for the venue.

“Catatonia got here early on of their profession and had Space as a help act, however Robert Plant supported it too as an area and got here and did a profit in help of the hospital.”

It will add to Kidderminster’s proud music heritage that already features a blue plaque on the outdated Frank Freeman’s constructing where Fleetwood Mac, T-Rex and Captain Beefheart played exhibits, typically with John Peel DJing.

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“This is one thing celebratory for Kidderminster’s music heritage,” added Mark, who used to make badges for Ned’s Atomic Dustbin.

“The Market Tavern is worthy of a Blue Plaque and we now have the total backing of Kidderminster Civic Society.

“It was a correct music venue that shone brightly and it is a wonderful means to commemorate the city’s historical past and remind the individuals residing in these flats that they dwell on hallowed floor.”

If you could have pictures or reminiscences of the Market Tavern that you want to to characteristic, contact Alison Brinkworth on alison.brinkworth@reachplc.com.

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