Calendar

Jun
18
Sat
The Vinyl Lounge
Jun 18 @ 7:30 pm – Jun 19 @ 12:00 am
The Vinyl Lounge @ John Peel Centre

The Vinyl Lounge

A cracking night of sharing your vinyl

+ some of your favourite guest DJ’s

 

 

Bring along your favourite 45’s & Albums and the Vinyl Lounge DJs will turn them into a show…

No theme – anything goes!

 

7.30pm till Midnight

£5.00 per ticket

Book online (fee applies) or call our Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays).

Licensed bar.

 

Jul
8
Fri
BC Camplight
Jul 8 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
BC Camplight @ John Peel Centre

BC Camplight

Special stripped-down duo show

“I’m pretty sure the BC Camplight live experience isn’t something you can find elsewhere,” declares Brian Christinzio, the inimitable force behind BC Camplight. “It is a journey every night. One moment, I’m basically doing a stand-up routine and the next, the band and I are playing like we plan on dying that evening, giving our everything. Then I’m on speakerphone to my Mom on stage before assaulting my piano. I’m very thankful that, after all this time, the audience is finally there.”

Fired by his ongoing battle with mental illness, new album Shortly After Takeoff is the final, and finest, chapter of what Christinzio calls his “Manchester Trilogy”, following 2015’s “How To Die In The North” and 2018’s “Deportation Blues”. All three albums were created after the native Philadelphian had moved to Manchester. Like Deportation Blues, Shortly After Takeoff spans singer-songwriter classicism, gnarly synth-pop and ‘50s rock’n’roll, with Christinzio’s similarly distinctive, flexible vocal carrying a fearless approach to lyrical introspection, but the new album is a major leap forward in songwriting sophistication and lyrical communication.

“It’s important to stress that this isn’t a redemption story,” he says. “I’m a guy who maybe lives a little hard and I’m in the thick of some heavy stuff. But as a result, I think I’ve made my best record.”

 

Support:

Doors open 7.30pm

Tickets £12.00

Book online (fee applies) or call our Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays).

Licensed bar.

Sep
2
Fri
Jah Wobble & The Invaders of the Heart
Sep 2 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Jah Wobble & The Invaders of the Heart @ John Peel Centre

The John Peel Centre is excited to present Jah Wobble & The Invaders of the Heart – Combining global music, reggae, fusion and punk influences, Jah Wobble has entranced the world with his hypnotic bass riffs for over four decades and has become one of Britain’s most influential and distinct bass players. Accompanied by his band, Invaders of the Heart, Jah Wobble is reborn into a new decade as defiant as ever with a brand new UK tour.

Born John Wardle, the nickname was given to him by Sid Vicious following an evening of drunken antics. Sid Vicious then went on to give Jah his first ever bass guitar. As a bassist, Jah Wobble is well known as one of the founding members and ultimately the back bone of the legendary Public Image Limited (PiL) during the early years. Whilst working with John Lyndon, Keith Levene and Jim Walker, Jah’s notoriously powerful low end bass created PiL’s debut album Public Image: First Issue, which included the band’s first Top 10 single as well as their prestigious second album Metal Box, which included the post-punk classic Death Disco.

Since departing with PiL, Jah Wobble is now a prevalent solo artist with his band, Invaders of the Heart and was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize for his debut album, Rising Above Bedlam. Following the release of the highly acclaimed second album, Take Me To God, Jah Wobble also became a successful entrepreneur by developing his own independent record label, 30 Hertz Records. Additionally, Jah Wobble has worked with the likes of Primal Scream, Dolores O’Riordan, Sinead O’Connor, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Bill Laswell, Holger Czukay and many more.

 

Doors open 7.30pm

Tickets £22.00

Book online (fee applies) or call our Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays).

Licensed bar.

Sep
23
Fri
Green Mind presents Scott Matthews
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Green Mind presents Scott Matthews @ John Peel Centre

If there’s one quality that defines the career of Scott Matthews it’s this: evolution.

The singer/songwriter has challenged himself creatively during a career that has been characterised by rare quality. As Matthews gears up for the release of his seventh studio album, new horizons loom into view as he finds different ways to cast a spell.

The quality of Matthews’ craft is a given. The Ivor Novello-winning artist is part of a lineage that includes such greats as Buckley and Drake, John Martyn and Paul Simon. With guitar in hand and a voice that conveys raw emotion, he has long been established as one of the world’s foremost purveyors of song.

Introspective and reflective, combining blues and folk, mixing the ethereal with the empyrean, Matthews is a musical alchemist who transforms base metal to gold. He has expanded his sonic palette while making his new record, introducing new moods and musical textures as he addresses universal truths.

Support TBA

Tickets are £20 in advance, available from GreenMind (10% booking fee applies). On the door price £24 (if available).

Licensed bar.

Please note that this event has not been organised by the John Peel Centre, and all aspects of it are the responsibility of those who have hired the Centre for the evening.

Oct
14
Fri
Catfish + support
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Catfish + support @ John Peel Centre

International touring blues rock powerhouse Catfish are making waves on the music scene in the UK and Europe.  Matt Long the guitarist was named Instrumentalist of the Year in the UK Blues Awards 2021.  In the UK Blues Awards of May 2020, the band were named Band of the Year and Matt Long was named Blues Instrumentalist of the Year.  In 2018 they won the UK Blues Award for Blues Act of the Year (England) to add to their 2016 British Blues Award.

In the last few years, they have played at almost every major UK blues festival and have established themselves as a real force in the British blues scene.  They now tour regularly in Europe.

Their first two albums ‘So Many Roads’ and ‘Broken Man’ both reached no. 1 in the IBBA airplay charts.  The second of these, ‘Broken Man’, was also nominated for a UK Blues Award and was named album of the year by the IBBA.  Their third album ‘Burning Bridges’ was released in May 2019 and has received excellent reviews from the UK and European music press.  It was the third most played album by the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association in 2019 and was nominated for a UK blues award for 2020 as album of the year.  They released a new live CD and DVD set on 1 December 2020 which was recorded during lockdown at a full band live stream broadcast across Europe by Blues Maastricht festival in Holland.

Catfish are one of the finest live bands in Britain today.  The quality of musicianship is outstanding and in Matt Long, they have one of the greatest young guitarists on the scene today…‘ Blues Matters Magazine.

www.catfishbluesband.co.uk

 

Doors open 7.30pm

Tickets £10 in advance / £13 on the door

Book online (fee applies) or call our Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays).

Licensed bar

Oct
29
Sat
The Kubricks
Oct 29 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
The Kubricks @ John Peel Centre

The Kubricks are back and touring a new album!

Formed in London, The Kubricks are a seven-piece band who mix ska, reggae, and infectious melodic pop.

After surfacing in 2013 with their debut EP, “Wasters & Wannabes”, The Kubricks soon became one of the must-see ska bands of this generation. Tracks from their debut release were supported by Huey Morgan on BBC Radio 2, and Tom Robinson (BBC Introducing – 6Music), and The Specials’ bassist, Horace Panter championed the band, claiming “I can hear Madness, The Ruts, Squeeze and The Clash in there…” The timing was perfect, and coincided with a new interest in ska music, as many of UK’s festivals began dedicating entire stages to the genre. Riding on the back of this wave, the band soon found themselves supporting legends such as UB40, Bad Manners and The Toasters.

Produced by Toby Davies of Gentleman’s Dub Club, the band’s first album “The Heist” was released in 2017. The UK’s longest-running skazine, Do The Dog, commented at the time that it was, “A very strong contender for album of the year”, whilst Bucketlist in Canada called it, “A gem of an album that makes ska and reggae seem like a perfect fit with 21st-century musical trends.” Tom Robinson (6Music) immediately shared the track “Down With the Dogs” with his listeners, and BBC Introducing in Essex soon began supporting the album, inviting the band in for a live session.

In November 2019, the single ‘Humans’ was released and the band has been busy working with Tom Donovan, producer and musician from hip-hop act, Monster Florence.

The Kubricks have honed their commanding live set, headlining their own shows and playing festivals across the country. They have played to tens of thousands over the years with appearances at Boomtown Fair, Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering, Wickerman (Scotland), Godiva, Dance Ska La (France), Brownstock, and The London International Ska Festival, amongst many others.

 

“I can hear Madness, The Ruts, Squeeze and The Clash in there … all mashed up to make something very listenable. There are tunes you can sing in the bath or at the traffic lights. Intelligent lyrics and danceable too!!” Horace Panter, The Specials

“The Kubricks’ bring something surprisingly refreshing to the table”; “[they make] ska and reggae seem like a perfect fit with 21st-century musical trends.” Bucketlist Reviews, Canada

 

Event information

Doors 7.30pm

Tickets £11

Standing tickets only

Book online (fee applies) or call our Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays).

Licensed bar.

 

 

Nov
18
Fri
Tales from The Wedding Present
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Tales from The Wedding Present @ John Peel Centre
Tales From The Wedding Present
An evening ‘in conversation’ with David Gedge
Includes stripped-back set
  • Interview with David
  • Q&A
  • Stripped-back Acoustic set
  • Book Signing

TALES FROM THE WEDDING PRESENT

VOLUME 2

SOMETHING AND NOTHING

The second instalment of David Lewis Gedge’s ‘memoir in comic-book form’!
Released – via Scopitones Books – on 11 November 2022

Something And Nothing is the second volume in the autobiography from David Gedge of Wedding Present fame.

The stories featured in this stunning 176-page matt-laminated, hard-back book have previously only been available to readers of the Tales From The Wedding Present comic book series. This collected edition comes with 100 pages of never-before-seen additional material and an introduction by Craig Cash.

David writes the Tales From The Wedding Present narrative together with long-time musical associate Terry de Castro, and then the stories are illustrated by virtuoso artist Lee Thacker. For the past decade, they’ve been working steadily (along with editing help from Jessica McMillan) to relate David’s life and adventures.

Something And Nothing is presented in chronological order; it takes up where Volume One left off – just after the release of The Wedding Present’s first single ‘Go Out And Get ’Em, Boy!’ in 1985 – and takes us through the next three years of the band’s existence. David writes intimately about all of the events leading up to the writing, recording and release of the band’s classic debut album, George Best, as well as detailing sessions that the group recorded for John Peel [including the legendary Ukrainian folk music ones], early live appearances in the UK and the rest of Europe and the development of their label Reception Records. On the way, we also learn about some of the romantic experiences that may have informed his writing.

Something And Nothing will be launched at the Louder Than Words literary festival in Manchester in November 2022. The release will be accompanied by a live Tales From The Wedding Present tour of seated venues in the UK which will feature Terry interviewing David, an audience Q&A, and a 45 minute semi-acoustic set.

 

What They Say About David Lewis Gedge:

David Lewis Gedge is an English musician, best known for his work in the influential indie rock group The Wedding Present, of which he is the singer, guitarist, principal songwriter and only ever-present member.

In the UK, The Wedding Present have had eighteen Top 40 singles and seven Top 40 albums – a remarkable achievement for a band that has, from its inception, refused to play the record industry’s game.

Gedge also runs his own record label, Scopitones, an annual festival in Brighton called At The Edge Of The Sea, and a second band, Cinerama.

He is known and respected as a champion of the DIY ethic and, over the years, has collaborated with people as diverse as Steve Albini and the BBC Big Band. In 2018, a feature length documentary film telling the story of The Wedding Present’s debut album, George Best, was released.

He has also been the subject of several books, including the Wedding Present ‘fanthology’ Sometimes These Words Just Don’t Have To Be Said (This Day In Music), the self-penned Sleevenotes (Pomona), Valentina: The Story Of A Wedding Present Album (HarperCollins), and Thank Yer, Very Glad (Omnibus).

“The boy Gedge has written some of the best love songs of the ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ era. You may dispute this, but I’m right and you’re wrong!” John Peel.

 

What They Said About Tales From The Wedding Present Volume One:

“An autobiography of The Wedding Present would be great on its own. An autobiography in beautiful graphic novel form? Even better!” Dan Vebber (Writer, The Simpsons)

“This is brilliant! It’s like the storyboard for a Wedding Present biopic.” Marc Riley (Broadcaster, BBC)

“As informative, funny and essential as David Gedge himself. Can I be in the movie when all this is franchised?” Tony Gardner (Actor)

“This is the graphic novel indie music mash up that we have all be waiting for and only David Gedge could deliver. It’s amazing!” Stella Creasy (Member, British Parliament)

“This is a Wedding Present fan’s dream come true. Pure unfiltered Gedge; the inside track on what makes him tick and anecdotes aplenty. Essential!” Mike Gayle (Author)

“It’s very typical of The Wedding Present to do an autobiography differently to everyone else… but the stunning illustrations in this book really bring David’s stories to life.” Louise Wener (Writer, Musician)

www.theweddingpresent.co.uk

 

Doors open 7.00pm.

Tickets £20.00 advance

Book online (fee applies) or call our Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays).

Please note that this is a seated event. Seating is unallocated, though all have a good view.

Licensed bar.

Nov
25
Fri
Baskery + support
Nov 25 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Baskery + support @ John Peel Centre

The three sisters can’t recall when or why they started playing, the music’s always just been there. In their late teens, the sisters joined forces with their dad, who for decades was a one man band playing old blues and country tunes for a living.

This foundation of classic “roots music and Americana” settled in their hearts, but also awoke the urge of breaking the rules of traditional music. Baskery is a band built on what three people can do together and it’s all about turning the music on its head, blending the straightforwardness of punk with the subtlety of singer/ songwriting.

 

Doors open 7.30 pm

£12.50 adv. / £14 otd.

Book online (fee applies) or call our Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays).

Licensed bar

Dec
17
Sat
Blackbeard’s Tea Party + support
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Blackbeard's Tea Party + support @ John Peel Centre

Blackbeard’s Tea Party: ‘ Kick The Curb’ Tour

Their bold and rioutous modern folk rock is built for late nights and big stages. Hold on to your tri-corn hats and be prepared to stamp your
wooden legs – Blackbeard’s Tea Party are in town. Sea-shanties will be given a bombastic rock edge, and folk instrumentals will become late-night floor-fillers when this raucous bunch of reprobates hit the stage. They have dirt under their fingernails and a twinkle in their eyes, and you can expect fantastic musicianship, playful choreography and an unstoppable urge to move your body.

Blackbeard’s Tea Party believe a live show should be a spectacle for the eyes as well as the ears. Outlandish outfits, costume changes, DIY props, unhinged stage antics and chaotic choreography all add up to an engaging, high-octane show that inevitably leaves audiences cheering for more. Two drummers, electric guitars, fiddle, melodeon and 4-part harmonies combine to create music that is drenched in tradition, but filtered through a kaleidoscope of modern rock and pop. Established as the go-to band for folkin’ fun shenanigans, Blackbeard’s Tea Party have played  memorable sets at; Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, The Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo and many many more.

The band celebrated a decade of ‘rocking the folk boat’ in 2019 and commemorated this with their ‘Ten YAAR Anniversary Tour’ during the Autumn & Winter. They also re-released an updated version of their most popular track ‘Chicken on a Raft’ to commemorate this milestone. Their previous release, the 5-track EP ‘Leviathan!’, explores the romanticized glories and the full gruesome horrors of the 19th century whaling industry. This record brought with it a bigger, bolder sound and a revamped live show, employing a heftier rhythm section with their new double-Drum Kit set up. During ‘Lockdown’ the band began writing material remotely via Asana for their fourth album and as things began to return to normality they were very excited to get into the studio with their new lineup to record these tracks. The result is ‘Kick The Curb’, their first album in 5 years which will be released in September 2022 and they can’t wait to get out on the road to play them live !!

‘Contemporary folk rock at its most infectious’
R2

‘York’s answer to The Pogues, but with cleaner fingernails’
The Telegraph

‘Blackbeard’s Tea Party restored my faith in foot-tapping, fun, energy-packed music
recently. In short: they make shanties chic’
Roger Crow, Huffington Post

‘Gloriously wild, gamely OTT and sharp. This is convincing and essential’
fRoots

‘Barnstorming buccaneers belting our riff-tastic folk rock’
Songlines

 

Blackbeards Tea Party

 

Doors open 7.30pm.

Tickets £10 in advance / £12 on the door

Book online (fee applies) or call our Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays).

Licensed bar.