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21st June is Suffolk Day, an annual celebration of all things Suffolk, with a variety of events being held across the county to show off everything Suffolk has to offer. Organisations in Stowmarket are joining in these celebrations, including the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts which is putting on a gig featuring three of Suffolk’s finest young bands: Tundra, KULK, and Naked French.
Surf punk band Tundra originate from Sudbury, burst on to the bustling Bury St Edmunds scene in 2016, and first played at the John Peel Centre as support for American duo Sharkmuffin in May 2017. They won BurySound that same year, beating over 20 other worthy local bands to the title. The band consists of Elliott on drums and vocals, Elliot on bass and vocals, and Caitilin on guitar and vocals. They have also already supported Marmozets, Milk Teeth, and Desperate Journalist, and played at a host of festivals including The Cambridge Strawberry Fair, SwanFest and BNatural alongside Superglu and Dingus Khan. Tundra released their Life’s A Beach EP in April 2018, which The Music Blog 42 described as “a defining moment in Tundra’s already memorable history”, and they are currently writing more songs to be released in 2019. Their last single, ‘Navy Red’ has been getting quite a bit of radio play, including by Steve Lamacq on 6 Music, John Kennedy on Radio X b, and widespread radio play in the US.
“Think a British SWMRS, only with extra attitude” – After Doors
“One of the most exciting bands in the UK” – The Music Blog 42
KULK are very local to the John Peel Centre, hailing from Stowmarket, and performed at the very first emerge local band night at the venue back in April 2017, as well as on the night that BBC Radio 6 Music and Steve Lamacq visited during Independent Venue Week 2018. The duo are Thom on guitar and vocals, with Jade on drums. KULK’s sound can be described as heavy alternative art punk, and have had a great start to 2019, supporting the likes of Pigs x7 and YAK. They are well known for their intense, unpredictable and spontaneity, and like Tundra, are really a band to watch.
“A barrage of noise rock attacking on all fronts during a methodical onslaught. … There is no doubt that big things will be coming from them in the near future” – Echoes and Dust
Formed in 2015 and from Ipswich, Naked French’s nostalgia soaked brand of jangly indie pop has been making a name for them around East Anglia. They recently released their EP “Honey, I’m Home”. Naked French combine their love for 80’s darlings such as New Order and The Smiths with the dreamy haze of bands like Cocteau Twins and Beach Fossils. The four members have yet to perform at the John Peel Centre, and are very much looking forward to making their mark on Stowmarket.
Tickets are £5 (£3 students & Friends of the JPC – valid ID must be shown on the door), 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.