Campaigns & Media

Explore our campaigns to save music heritage, read our press releases where we highlight issues of note, and read up on the media coverage we've received to date.

Featured Campaigns

Denmark Street

Denmark Street

Music Heritage UK is proud to be supporting the campaign to save Denmark Street, also known as London's "Tin Pan Alley".

Ealing Club

The Ealing Club

Equal in significance to the Cavern, we are at risk of losing the "cradle of British rock" for another identikit London development
Save the George

The George Tavern

The George Tavern, an iconic new music venue in East London, is threatened by nearby property development

Media Coverage

Explore some of our media coverage to date! Here you'll find all the coverage for Music Heritage UK and the campaigns we have led on.

Wolfmania: The Podcast - Eddie Metal presents the Iron Maiden Music Map
24 May 2017
Iron Maiden fanatic and Music Heritage UK supporter Eddie Metal shares his love of our complete Iron Maiden gigography map on the underground comedic podcast hosted by Andrew and Tim. Listen to more episodes here.

Cambridge News - Take a Tour of Pink Floyd's Cambridge with this interactive map
11 May 2017
Music Heritage UK's Pink Floyd in Cambridge map is covered by the local newspaper who embed it in an article on the band's time in the City.

East London Advertiser - Landlady Pauline pulls victory pint to save The George Tavern
9 May 2017
Music Heritage UK Chief Executive, James Ketchell, is quoted in local newspaper's coverage of the George Tavern's victory!

London Drinker (CAMRA) - George Tavern, Stepney
Vol 38, number 4
The Magazine of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) covers the George Tavern's fight. Features a quote by Music Heritage UK Chief Executive, James Ketchell.

Vice (i-D) - The George defeats developers, for now
5th July 2016
Vice covers update from the George Tavern campaign with quote by Music Heritage UK Chief Executive, James Ketchell.

Dazed - The George Tavern wins legal fight against developers
5th July 2016
Time Out cover update from the George Tavern campaign with quote by Music Heritage UK Chief Executive, James Ketchell.

East London Advertiser - Good call, by George, as Forster wins Appeal
5th July 2016
The local newspaper to the George Tavern covers the venue's victory in court, features photos and interviews with the George's owners.

Evening Standard - Landlady wins fight against developers
4th July 2016
The London evening paper covers the news from the George Tavern campaign, following up on their article earlier on in the year.

Londonist - Famous East End pub saved from developers
4th July 2016
The London based blog covers the news from the George Tavern campaign and its court victory.

Complete Music Update - East London’s George Tavern wins appeal to block planning application
4th July 2016
Music industry newsletter covers the George Tavern campaign. 

Music Week - Appeal boost for threatened London venue
4th July 2016
Music industry bible covers the Save the George campaign result.

IQ Magazine - George Tavern wins appeal against new flats
1st July 2016
The live music industry magazine covers the campaign in a news update and quotes Music Heritage UK Chief Executive, James Ketchell.

Time Out - The George has won its appeal
1 July 2016
Time Out cover update from the George Tavern campaign with quote by Music Heritage UK Chief Executive, James Ketchell.

Londonist - Have you seen this Rolling Stones map of London?
28 April 2016
Music Heritage UK's first Music Map is featured on the Londonist website.

London Live - 'Nine years of legal battles to set precedent for London Venues'
7 March 2016
Music Heritage UK chief executive James Ketchell is interviewed in a piece on the George Tavern campaign.

Kerrang! - 'Help Save this London Venue'
29 February 2016
Blog post on the Save the George campaign.

Time Out - 'The George Tavern is Safe for Now. But it still needs your help'
February 2016
Blog post on the Save the George campaign.

Morning Advertiser - 'George Tavern Stepney wins right to appeal'
November/December 2015
Music Heritage UK chief executive James Ketchell is quoted in a piece on the George Tavern campaign

South East London Journal - 'A Musical History of South East London'
November/December 2015
Article on the popular music history of SE London written by Music Heritage UK and published in the free magazine available locally.

Ealing Gazette - 'Historic music site where the Rolling Stones formed could be torn down by developers'
20 February 2015
Report in the local paper on the plans to demolish the Ealing Club, featuring quotes from Music Heritage UK.

'Bulldozing through the cradle of British Rock'
13 February 2015
Huffington Post blog on the plans for Ealing Club and the huge missed opportunity to develop music heritage tourism in Ealing and West London.

'Property developers' hold over London - Enough Is Enough!'
15 December 2014
Huffington Post blog on how property developers have an unhealthy hold over London and the repercussions for small music venues. 

'A noble concept but what will charities gain from #GivingTuesday?'
25 November 2014
We're quoted on our involvement in #GivingTuesday UK on the blog of PR agency Well Read.

The Stinger: 'A goldmine for Hastings? Music heritage in Hastings' 
5 November 2014
A guest article we wrote for the excellent local music magazine in Hastings, East Sussex on the potential for music heritage tourism in the town.

Islington Gazette: 'Islington's rich pop history celebrated in new series of podcasts' 
13 August 2014
Article on the first series of podcasts on London's lesser known popular music heritage, 'London Calling'.

'How a lack of common sense and inappropriate planning rules are killing new music'
14 May 2014
Huffington Post blog on how planning rules and noise complaints are impacting the live music scene across the country.  Includes update on the 'Save the George' campaign.

Coventry Telegraph: 'Coventry's musical heritage praised'
10 May 2014
"Charity Music Heritage UK praises city's 'inspirational' efforts to celebrate musical heritage"

Echo: 'UK cities urged to follow Liverpool's lead in promoting its music heritage'
2 May 2014
Regional coverage of the Music Heritage UK backed UK Music report on the potential for music heritage tourism in the UK.

Sheffield Star: 'How Yorkshire has inspired a wealth of musical talent'
2 May 2014
Regional coverage of the Music Heritage UK backed UK Music report on the potential for music heritage tourism in the UK.

NME: 'John Cooper Clarke, Kaiser Chiefs, Lianne La Havas back campaign to save London's George Tavern'
4 March 2014
"A host of artists and celebrities inclusing punk poet John Cooper Clarke, Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson and Lianne La Havas have backed a campaign to save The George Tavern."

Standard: 'Celebrities line-up to join campaign to save 600 year old East End pub'
3 March 2014
"Londoners were today urged to join a celebrity-backed campaign to support an east London pub and music venue facing closure."

Time Out: 'Help save the George Tavern in Stepney'
20 February 2014
"Another week, another great London music and nightlife venue under threat by developers. This time it’s the wonderful George Tavern in Stepney that’s in danger, and once again the reason is noise."

Daily Express - 'Famed London music venue under threat'
18 February 2014
"A historic music venue in London which has hosted events by acts including Nick Cave, Amy Winehouse, and Pete Doherty is under threat from developers."

Mancunian Matters - 'No Soul: Manchester's iconic former Twisted Wheel Club to be demolished as plans for budget hotel approved'
3 August 2012
"An iconic Manchester nightclub – the city’s home of Northern Soul – is to be demolished to make way for a budget hotel."

Chimp Magazine - 'Save the Wheel' - Guest article by Music Heritage UK
March 2012
"Manchester's heart and soul is its rich musical history and culture. This needs to be protected, starting with the Twisted Wheel, to stop Manchester from becoming just another Northern city."

BBC Radio Manchester - Interview with Andy Crane
8 February 2012
Listen again to Music Heritage UK's interview with Andy Crane on drivetime on BBC Radio Manchester where he spoke about plans to demolish the Twisted Wheel.

Media Contact

If you want to get in touch with us regarding a campaign, or have a media query, then please do so using the details below.

07850 374 815

Latest press release

George Tavern wins case at Planning Inspectorate

We are delighted to announce that the appeal against refusal to grant planning permission, listed building consent and conservation area consent has been dismissed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government! This means that the proposal to build houses right next to the George Tavern has been refused planning permission.

Press Release archive

George Tavern wins case at Planning Inspectorate
8 May 2017

Live music venue wins at Court of Appeal... but battle continues
1 July 2016

New Online map charts the history of the Rolling Stones in London
27 April 2016

Nine year battle reaches crescendo as Court of Appeal grants music venue lifeline in fight against developers
22 February 2016

Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Remember #GivingTuesday!
28 November 2014

Campaign to save music venue the George Tavern dealt huge blow as Planning Inspectorate sides with property developers
31 October 2014

Calls for public to join celebrity backed campaign to save iconic East End pub and music venue
17 February 2014

Social media re-enactment of the Rolling Stones 1969 free concert in Hyde Park
4 July 2013

Manchester's Twisted Wheel Club, the Birthplace of Northern Soul, must be saved
8 February 2012

Minister for Tourism and Heritage’s decision on 100 Club proves need for a dedicated musical heritage charity
10 January 2012

Music Heritage UK saddened a the closure of The Libertine in Ayr
16 June 2011

Music Heritage UK slams decision to remove the gates at Strawberry Fields
10 May 2011

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Campaign archive

Past and present campaigns we have supported:

Ealing Club
Denmark Street
Save the George
Earls Court
Ministry of Sound
Union Chapel
Jimi Hendrix Plaque
Save the Twisted Wheel

Campaign podcasts

Squatting to Save Denmark Street

Duration: 10 mins
Released: 28 January 2015

Our Special Report focuses on the campaigners who have moved into the premises of the old 12 Bar Club on Denmark Street, London in protest at development plans to change the historic street. 

** Warning: Contains strong language! **

Save The George Tavern

Duration: 15 mins
Released: 5 February 2014

Landlady Pauline Forster explores the history of the George Tavern, the music heritage of the venue, her ongoing battle with developers and her love in restoring the Grade II listed structure to its former glory.

Find out more about the campaign here, or at the dedicated mini-site.

Save Earls Court

Duration: 13 mins
Released: 7 November 2013

Your host Andy met with local campaigners, including artist and local resident Duggie Fields, on Save Earls Court Day which took place on 26 October 2013, to find out why they are opposed to the redevelopment plans.

Explore the complete podcast archive here