Independent Venue Week 2019
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm – Feb 3 @ 9:00 pm
Independent Venue Week 2019 @ John Peel Centre

We’re really excited that once again we are part of Independent Venue Week, which runs from Monday 28th January to Sunday 3rd February 2019. We will have seven (yes, 7!) consecutive days of events for you to indulge in.

Monday 28th January: re:emerge
Four of the bands who performed at our emerge nights during 2018 return to perform live again. Kursk, The Interesting Times Gang, The Fifths, and Sophie Mahon will all be performing.

Tuesday 29th January: Granny’s Attic + support
Granny’s Attic are a fantastic folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy, and their own inimitable style.

Wednesday 30th January: Talvin Singh
Mercury Music Prize winning percussionist, producer, and composer, Talvin Singh brings electronic music and Asian Underground to Stowmarket as part of IVW19.

Thursday 31st January: Metal Night

Friday 1st February: Pip Blom + Eton Crop
Pip Blom and her band perform ‘indie-pop tunes with a twist’.

Saturday 2nd February: Beans on Toast + support
Cult Folk Legend, Beans on Toast is coming to Stowmarket to promote his new album “A Bird in The Hand’ and he’s bringing a full band with him.

Sunday 3rd February: Something Left Behind – The Wedding Present Documentary Film
Something Left Behind, a new music feature documentary about the “greatest break-up album of all time”, will be screened here at the John Peel Centre as part of Independent Venue Week 2019.

See the individual events for more details, including ticket prices and links.

Something Left Behind | IVW19
Feb 3 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Something Left Behind | IVW19 @ John Peel Centre

The Wedding Present: Something Left Behind‘ is a new music feature documentary about the “greatest break-up album of all time”. Exploring music, obsession, love, loss and fading youth over the 30 year lifespan of The Wedding Present’s much-heralded 1987 debut LP, ‘George Best’.

Directed by Andrew Jezard the film features interviews with all four original band members, key players in the record’s history, plus the major influence behind its very existence. Something Left Behind also follows the album’s story through the eyes of the fans who have carried it with them for a lifetime and often consider it the very definition of youth.

Since attending the 20th anniversary “George Best” tour this documentary has been in the mind of the director. The 30 year tour and the statement from the band that this will be the last ever time that “George Best” is performed live provided the perfect opportunity to finally tell this story…

“At the ULU gig in 2007 that featured the album in full I was amazed by the fan-base who very clearly had been there the first time round in 1987 and, seemingly for one night only, were transported back to their youth.

The album itself with its everyday, extremely relatable lyrics about the breakdown of a relationship make it almost impossible to listen to without allowing feelings of loss, regret or nostalgia to creep in.

With the passing of time it seems to serve as a direct link to a part of people that has maybe gone but certainly not been forgotten during the intervening years and I now include myself amongst those compelled by it in this way.”
Andrew Jezard

Much more than just a “making of”, this documentary is crafted very much as a love story, with all the emotions and turmoil that that entails. The lyrics themselves, the way that people connect with the album and the reasons that people still hold it dear after so many years, all feed into this narrative.


Something Left Behind will be screened here at the John Peel Centre as part of Independent Venue Week 2019. It is seated, with seating unallocated, but all with a good view.

Doors open at 4.30pm, with the screening starting at 5pm. The runtime of the film is 87 minutes.

Tickets are £5 in advance, available from the Box Office on 01449 774678 (10am-2pm weekdays) or online through our ticket partner, WeGotTickets (10% booking fee applies). Also available on the door for £5 if not sold out.

Licensed bar.