Camden venue forced to change name over copyright issues

Dingwalls — a long-standing music venue in Camden, London — has changed its name to The PowerHaus after a copyright issue prevented use of its original title.

Owner Vince Power, who bought the venue back in June, has rebranded the venue with the name used by one of his previous ventures, which operated in Islington between 1989 and 1995.

The original PowerHaus hosted performances from some huge bands, including Radiohead, Stone Roses, Blur and Primal Scream.

“I hope to continue in this tradition and have artists of this calibre at the PowerHaus Camden, which has been refurbished and is nearly ready to open,” Power said. “I am sad the name Dingwalls cannot be used as I have some great memories associated with it. But we are looking to the future and the future is bright.

Dingwalls first opened in north London in 1973, and over the years welcomed the likes of the Sex Pistols, Amy Winehouse and the Clash.

Power, 73, owns a series of other venues in London: Nell’s in Kensington, The Fiddler in Kilburn and Ladbroke Grove. He was previously at the helm of the Mean Fiddler empire of venues and festivals, before it was sold to Live Nation in 2005.

The PowerHaus will be launching with socially distanced shows from October 29th, with a capacity of 150.

The video below shows a collection of photos taken during Dingwalls' rock and roll years, between 1982 and 1989: