Lonely Planet Writer

Take a tour through British music history with the unveiling of 47 new blue plaques

If you love British music and amazing artists like David Bowie, Joy Division, and Nick Drake, then the unveiling of 47 new blue plaques around the country will help take you on a tour through the country’s musical history.

 Musician David Bowie performs onstage during his 'Ziggy Stardust' era in 1973 in Los Angeles, California
David Bowie is one of the artists recognized with the new blue plaques. Image by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

If you’ve ever walked through the streets of the UK, it’s likely you’ve noticed a blue plaque commemorating one of the many historical figures that have passed through its cities. To celebrate BBC Music Day, 47 new plaques were unveiled this week, all marking people or places that have influenced the country’s famous music scene.

Among those honoured with plaques are David Bowie, broadcaster John Peel, and Delia Derbyshire, who composed the Doctor Who theme tune. Bowie is actually the only artists who have two new plaques – one in London and one in Kent. His band from the 1970s – The Spiders from Mars – will also be honoured with a plaque at Hull Paragon Station.

Also included is the venue in Brighton where ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest, the Fox And Hounds in Caversham where John Lennon and Paul McCartney played their one and only gig as The Nerk Twins shortly before they became The Beatles, and the flat where Factory Records – which featured bands like New Order and Joy Division – was founded.

The spots were chosen based on BBC listeners’ suggestions and a committee of industry experts and BBC representatives.

The famous blue plaques – which are installed by the British Plaque Trust – usually only have two new additions each year. To add 47 dedicated to music is a huge push for musical history in the country.

See a full list of the places and musicians honoured here, and start planning your musical pilgrimage.