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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th January 1966 Tippetts cantate Vision of St Augustine, premieres in London
19th January 1940 Comedian and Eastenders actor Mike Reid was born in Hackney, East London.
19th January 1917 The Silvertown explosion kills 73 people in the East End.
19th January 1907 Born today: Lillian Harvey, London England, actress (Invitation to the Waltz)
The Birth of Britpop
This is where Coldplay played their first gig.
Location: 113 Bayham Street, Camden
Description: This was once the hottest music venue in town - a bar called The Laurel Tree. It hosted a northern soul and mod night in 1993 started by DJ and promoter Paul Tunkin called The Blow Up Club in it's upstairs room. At its peak in 1995, Melody Maker magazine declared it The Club That Changed The World.
Blur, Elastica, Menswear, The Buzzcocks, Huggy Bear, Jesus and Mary Chain, Suede and Pulp all played here.
It sadly closed down in 1999 after running into late-hours rows with the council and one of its main attractions The Blow Up club night moved to a bigger venue in Soho. Since then it's careered from owner to owner changing name several times.