Artists and musical legends – from Alison Moyet to Dusty Springfield and Chris Difford of Squeeze – have joined the Brighton Music Walk of Fame as part of the latest 2019 inductions.
Ten famous stars associated with Brighton and Sussex have been inducted into the growing Walk of Fame, which already features Jeff Beck, Norman Cook, The Cure, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Rag N Bone Man, Leo Sayer, The Who and Rizzle Kicks.
Among those who attended the induction event on Brighton Palace Pier in July were Chris Difford (Squeeze), Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Phats & Small, Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins), Vox Beatles, and award-winning songwriter and producer David Courtney, one of the founders behind the entire project.
The event was hosted by radio presenter, writer and TV broadcaster Mike Read.
First launched in June last year, the Brighton Music Walk of Fame recognises artists from across the world who have an affinity with Brighton and the surrounding area. From Abba to Sir Rod Stewart and James Bay, the Walk sees tourists and visitors to the Pier interact with specially created music plaques using visual recognition technology.
By scanning special smart codes on the plaques, passers-by activate a digital Walk of Fame experience on their smartphones and access unique content and music from those artists inducted. The Walk has already become another popular attraction along the Pier, one of the UK’s biggest tourist attractions, boasting more than five million visitors per year.
The Brighton Music Walk of Fame is a joint venture between Fame Media Tech Ltd and Brighton Palace Pier. This year Fame Media Tech has also introduced a dedicated free app to the project which can be downloaded to scan the interactive plaques. The new app uses recognition technology developed in-house by the Fame Media Tech technology team. It is hoped the Walk will be developed further in the future by introducing augmented reality technology.
Other partners helping to promote the Brighton Music Walk of Fame include Visit Brighton, the leading tourism body for Brighton and the surrounding area.
David Courtney, founder and vice-president of Fame Media Tech Ltd said: “I am thrilled to see how the Brighton Music Walk of Fame has become such a popular attraction and continues to develop. As a Brighton-born boy, and once a member of the 60s Brighton Beat scene, it’s both humbling and gratifying to also become an inductee and sit alongside such great musical legends and talent. The Brighton Palace Pier is one of the UK’s iconic leisure attractions and the perfect hosting location to reflect the music legacy of Brighton and Sussex.”
Anne Ackord, chief executive officer of the company which owns Brighton Palace Pier said; “I am pleased that year one of the Brighton Music Walk of Fame has been so successful and I would like to welcome the new inductees and wish everyone even more success this year.”