Hackney Council is to rename the street between Boleyn Road and Gillett Square, which passes in front of the Vortex, after iconic improvising guitar legend Derek Bailey. There is a wonderful job in the council that assesses this. Derek was a long-standing resident of Hackney Downs and performed regularly at the Vortex. It is great that the club remains aware of the history of the music in the UK.
I heard him a few times, both at Company Weeks that he organised at the Place, and at small venues such as the Vortex.
He has a reputation that extends way beyond our shores, with John Zorn and others being big fans.
There will be a naming ceremony at some stage soon, so keep your eyes peeled.