The project is an “official spin-off” of the one on Hollywood Boulevard, but while the Los Angeles’ Walk of Fame honours people from cinema, music and everything in between, this Walk of Fame will focus exclusively on music. “It will feature international artists, industry names, unsung heroes, innovators, iconic venues,” according to the project organisers.
It makes sense a Walk of Fame that will stretch along Camden High Street from Chalk Farm to Mornington Crescent would be dedicated to music. “Throughout Camden’s history the borough has been the stomping grounds for many well-known members of London’s creative communities,” is the way Councillor Jonathan Simpson explains it. “The project will celebrate this rich legacy by highlighting the accomplishments of some of the musicians, artists and prominent industry innovators connected with Camden’s vibrant creative heritage.”
Camden Town is one of the birthplaces of psychedelia and Britpop, it’s where Amy Winehouse lived, and The Clash composed their songs – and they’ll certainly be among the names honoured on the Walk, while many more will be chosen by industry figures and fans together.
The Music Walk of Fame will also have an app that will turn the plaques into a virtual museum thanks to augmented reality. For each plaque, visitors will be able to learn stories behind the music, see documentary footage and even listen to virtual performances right on Camden High Street. Founder Lee Bennet is sure that the Music Walk of Fame will be “a defining moment in music history now and in the future.”
The first “Founding Stone” will be set in February 2019, and the first batch of plaques will be unveiled in March 2019. From then, more than 400 plaques have already been planned and will be added along the next twenty years.
Who do you think will get a plaque in Camden Town? While we wait for the answer next spring, you can know more about the project at its official website here.