Calendar

Nov
12
Fri
Homer to Hip Hop: a People’s History of Spoken Word
Nov 12 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Homer to Hip Hop: a People’s History of Spoken Word @ John Peel Centre

With support from SoapBox Poets

Former National Poetry Slam Champion, Pete “the Temp” Bearder, brings to life the poetic movements that have shaped history. Find out why wordsmiths always been vilified, feared and revered, from the ballad singers and Beat poets, to the icons of dub, punk and hip hop. Pete is an award-winning spoken word poet, author and comic. His work has been featured on BBC Radio 4, The World Service, and Newsnight. This show follows the release of his ground-breaking new book Stage Invasion: Poetry & the Spoken Word Renaissance.

‘this is the book we have all been waiting for’
(Ian McMillan)

‘A charming wild rumpus of a ride – part lecture, part performance and utterly engaging.’
(Tongue Fu)

www.getonthesoapbox.co.uk

 

Doors open 7.30pm.

Book online (£7 Early Bird (before 30th Sept) then £10 from 1st October)

Please familiarise yourself with our Covid-19 measures prior to booking and attending.

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.

Dec
3
Fri
Martyn Joseph
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Martyn Joseph @ John Peel Centre

Take everything you think you know about singer songwriters….and rip it up. For one man and a guitar, multi-award winner Martyn Joseph creates a performance with a huge far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate.

He is gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics and has a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums and thousands of live performances.

Often compared to Bruce Springsteen and Dave Matthews, he has created his own reputation as a mesmerizing live performer in his own right. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, he’s a jaw-dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice.

Concerned with making music that is relevant and vital to his audience, he engages with challenging narratives tackling the complexity of the human condition, underpinned with a promise of hope. In his own words “Really what I do is to try and write songs that might step up and make some sense of a moment in time.”

His song “Nye” celebrating Nye Bevan, the author of the NHS, has been enthusiastically received by audiences and critics everywhere, including Mark Radcliffe’s Folk Show and Tom Robinson’s 6 Music show. Uncut magazine described his latest album “Here Come The Young” as “anthems of hope that bigotry and hatred will not prevail”.

He is hailed as a raconteur weaving tales on topical concerns, as well as stories on the fragility of love, with a magical ability to reach out to his listeners through his passion and humour.

www.martynjoseph.net

“Stunning, heartfelt music” (Bob Harris BBC Radio 2)

“Intelligent and enlightened songs are both energising and provocative” (MOJO)

“One of acoustic music’s most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters” (Q Magazine)

“One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain today” Tom Robinson BBC 6 music

 

Doors open 7.00pm.

Tickets £18.00

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

Please familiarise yourself with our Covid-19 measures prior to booking and attending.

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.

Dec
10
Fri
The SoapBox UnFestival
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm – Dec 11 @ 12:00 am
The SoapBox UnFestival @ John Peel Centre

Featuring Sally Army, the Electrosonic Poetry Experiment, Andi Hopgood, the Decibel Kid (DJ set), SoapBox Poets & friends

Join us for an evening of Festival fun with beautiful décor and a joyful line-up of live music and laughter from the regions most exciting bands and performers. We’ll be debuting some brand new collaborations between poets and musicians for the return of the Electrosonic Poetry Experiment, with jazz musician Andi Hopgood. Headlining will be the frankly superb ‘Sally Army’, a 6 piece multi-genre band who play songs like ‘A Nice Cup Of Tea & A Biscuit’ and ‘Invaders of Personal Space’, the unofficial pandemic anthem. Guaranteed to get you on your feet and laughing till your bellyaches. The night will finish with a DJ set from The Decibel Kid, a Suffolk based electronic artist, playing beats, blips and bass. Free zine for every ticket holder. Pick it up on arrival. Loads more to be announced, and expect to be swarmed by jellyfish.

www.getonthesoapbox.co.uk

 

Doors open 7.30pm.

Book online (£10 Early Bird before 30th Sept then £15 from 1st October. £20 on the door if available)

Please familiarise yourself with our Covid-19 measures prior to booking and attending.

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.

Dec
18
Sat
Renegade Twelve
Dec 18 @ 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Renegade Twelve @ John Peel Centre

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.

 

Doors open 7.30pm.

Tickets £10

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

Please familiarise yourself with our Covid-19 measures prior to booking and attending.

Licensed bar.