Last chance for residents to shape Croydon’s Music Heritage Trail

Croydon born rapper Stormzy performing at the O2 Pic: Raph_PH

Efforts are underway to launch a Music Heritage Trail in Croydon this June with a residents’ vote on the sites of the trail closing on February 15.

Commissioned by the Museum of Croydon as part of this year’s London Borough of Culture programme, the Music Heritage Trail aims to highlight the borough’s rich musical history by creating a walking tour of music venues and points of significant musical history.

Residents have been asked to vote on a list of notable venues, genres, and resident artists including celebrated reggae singer Desmond Dekker who lived in Thornton Heath until his death in 2006 as well as rapper Stormzy and composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor. The vote will help the museum decide on the final selection for the trail.

The Museum of Croydon said: “Croydon has a rich musical heritage, spanning the eras…from Kirsty MacColl to Nadia Rose. The cutting edge sounds of Punk, Dubstep, Grime and Drill, runs through our DNA, with their origins rooted in Croydon.”

The tour will also revisit the legacy of many venues that have since been destroyed including the Davis Theatre, which once hosted both Buddy Holly and Etta James, and The Underground where The Stranglers, The Fall and Sputnik played.

Band performs at the Underground in Croydon 1986 Pic: Robman94

The Museum of Croydon said: “Like many London boroughs, many of our music venues that supported music making through the decades have closed, been redeveloped or knocked down and a lot of our music heritage has been lost.

“But the memories of music lovers from that time are still with us and if we don’t record their memories and stories now, they will be lost forever.”

The survey also includes a vote on how to best promote the trail, with live performances from artists listed as an option.

Funding for the trail comes from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The exact time that the vote will close on February 15 has not been confirmed.

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