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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd July 1989 Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe was born in West London.
23rd July 1986 The Prince Andrew, Duke of York, second son of Queen Elizabeth II , was married to Sarah Ferguson in Westminster Abbey.
23rd July 1975 Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends, premieres in London
23rd July 1966 England beat Argentina 1-0 at Wembley Stadium to reach the World Cup Semi-Finals.
23rd July 1947 Born today: David Essex, London, rock vocalist/actor (That'll be the Day)
23rd July 1946 Born today: Andy MacKay, London, rock sax/oboe (Roxy Music-Dance Away)
23rd July 1940 Blitz all-night air raid by German bombers on London begins
23rd July 1900 Pan-African Congress meets in London
23rd July 1863 Alexandra Park opens in North London
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.