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Why we can’t call it Dingwalls any more

After opening in 1973, the venue played host to Blondie's first ever UK gig

02 October, 2020 — By Dan Carrier

Vince Power will be unable to keep the venue’s name

THE world famous Camden Town music venue Dingwalls is set to re-open in November – but will have to change its name because of a copyright wrangle.

The New Journal revealed in June that legendary music promoter Vince Power was taking on the former canalside warehouse. But he has been warned he does not have the right to retain the name and so has decided to call it the PowerHaus – after a nightspot he ran in Islington from 1989 to 1995.

Rumours among music scene insiders say the Dingwalls copyright was held by a Camden Town-based woman who asked for a significant amount of money for use of the name. Dingwalls is one of the jewels in the crown of Camden’s music scene.

After opening in 1973, the venue played host to Blondie’s first ever UK gig, and was a favoured stage for the likes of The Clash, The Sex Pistols and The Stranglers. Madness and Desmond Dekker played there too.

Mr Power confirmed he had faced issues over copyright, and added: “The PowerHaus had artists such as Radiohead, Stone Roses, Primal Scream, Blur, Pulp and the Flaming Lips. I hope to continue in this tradition and have artists of this calibre at The PowerHaus Camden which has been refurbished and is nearly ready to open.”

“It’s not all about the name but I am sad the name Dingwalls cannot be used as I have some great memories associated with it.”

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