Perform at the John Peel Centre

“I just want to hear something I haven’t heard before.”
– John Peel

The John Peel Centre aims to present work that inspires us and our audiences. Our current programming priorities are popular culture with a focus on music, comedy, and touring theatre.

We advocate the emerging, providing a platform for artists to develop the ‘new’.

We champion the diverse, showcasing art and artists that our audiences may not have seen before.

We celebrate the revered, programming (inter)nationally recognised and renowned artists of all genres.

If you are interested in performing at the John Peel Centre, we have a variety of ways this could happen.

Contact our Events Team

Our Events Team meet regularly to discuss the booking of gigs, from the smallest to the biggest. If you represent a touring or local act who would like to headline or play support at the John Peel Centre, please email with as much detail as possible, ideally including details of the sort of deal you would be looking for. The team will then do their best to consider your request at their next meeting, and will be in contact if they would like to take things further. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee every approach will get a response due to the number received.

Apply for one of our emerge nights

Every couple of months we hold a ‘local band night’ – emerge – which aims to showcase exciting up-and-coming local talent. Find out more here.

Play at our Open-Mic Night

The ‘Whole Shebang’ is our open mic night, at which anyone can apply to perform to a warm and welcoming audience. Find out more about how to apply here.

Hire the Centre

You can apply to hire the John Peel Centre to host your own private or public event. Visit this page for more information.