PowerHaus, the original Islington venue, first opened its doors in 1989 as a new venue owned by the Mean Fiddler. Throughout the 6 years of delivering the best acts to music fans PowerHaus hosted many iconic artists including Radiohead, Suede, Henry Rollins, Dinosaur Jr, Blur, Pulp, Primal Scream, Stone Roses and PJ Harvey, the list really does go on. This venue was one that helped shape the landscape of London’s music scene at the time.
“We are looking to the future and the future of the PowerHaus is bright. All of the PowerHaus team are very enthusiastic about being one of the main live music venues in Camden.” – Vince Power
The heritage of the original PowerHaus made it the perfect title to rename the newly bought venue, Dingwalls.
Dingwalls originally opened in 1973 as a dancehall and has had a range of different musical functions throughout it’s 35 year stretch under the original name. The venue has been a Jazz Bar owned by legendary DJ Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forge, before moving back to its roots of being a permanent part of the Camden gigging scene. Holding host to iconic shows such as Blondies debut, Coldplay, Etta James, intimate Foo Fighters performances, R.E.M and George Ezra. Alongside this it was a large part of Camden’s punk boom with The Clash, Sex Pistols and The Ramones regularly appearing.
The next stage of this renowned venue’s life will be reopening as PowerHaus. With the intention of carrying on the legacy of both venues, PowerHaus’ first show will be the celebrated Van Morrison.