The Our House musicians first performed at The Dublin Castle in 1979, quickly becoming the house band before going on to international stardom.

On Thursday (26Jan17) the group returned to the venue to unveil a plaque honouring the bar with the Performing Rights Society (PRS) for Music Heritage Award, commemorating its important role in Madness' career.

In a press release Madness praised the venue, which was also once a haunt of the late Amy Winehouse, for still hosting live music when many of London's live music clubs have closed.

"When we started out there were tons of pubs, clubs and flower shops for bands to start out in, like how we did it," the band said. "When you hear about all the venues we've lost in London over the last few years it makes us sad and worried about how new bands will ever get the opportunity to break through from the live scene, Gawd (God) Bless The Dublin Castle and all the independent venues fighting the good fight."

Alo Conlon, the pub's owner added, "We feel very much part of the fabric of Madness's history and so it's an honour to receive this award. We pride ourselves on investing in emerging talent and giving them the platform they deserve and plan to do so for a very long time to come."

The ceremony honouring Madness' beginnings at The Dublin Castle was part of Independent Venue Week, an annual event promoting Britain's live music destinations.