What’s On at the John Peel Centre

Apr
26
Fri
The Men They Couldn’t Hang
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
The Men They Couldn't Hang @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

Founded in 1984, TMTCH’s uproarious and engaging style, coupled with keenly contemporary songs, gained a passionate national following, leading to a 40 year career filled with much loved music, a dedicated fan community and high octane performances.

Touring continually throughout their career, TMTCH have crossed the globe by way of Europe, Canada, USA, Iceland, Egypt and Estonia. They have appeared at festivals such as Glastonbury, Roskilde, Reading, Pink Pop and Cambridge Folk and have appeared with a roll call of International artists such as David Bowie, Van Morrison, Bo Diddley, The Smiths, Elvis Costello and the Oyster Band to name a few.

Devastated by the passing of friend and founder member Stefan Cush during the Covid lockdown, TMTCH are responding in the only way they know how; writing, recording and playing live to their ever loyal and growing community of fans. An anniversary tour is planned for 2024 when they will celebrate their 40th year of raising hell with special events and a ‘Best of’ release, then in 2025 they will be releasing a brand new album.

FACEBOOK- https://www.facebook.com/tmtchofficial/

YOU TUBE – https://www.youtube.com/user/tmtchmusic

Apr
27
Sat
The High Points
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
The High Points are a 4 piece multi genre from Norwich specialising in funk and soul but not shying away from other genres as displayed in certain songs . 2021 saw them go full time as musicians and things picked up a lot more, gaining over 2500 fans across all platforms in less than 6 months. They released their new album Bust a move which was recorded across 2019 and 2021 to a great response from radio stations such as BBC Introducing and fans alike.
Apr
30
Tue
The Whole Shebang Open Mic Night
Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Our very own Whole Shebang Open Mic Night returns with another fine evening of Whimsical, Homegrown, Organic Live Entertainment.

No fire, no nudity, no animals!

Other than that we like to keep the “open” in “open mic” so no matter what it is you do, music, poetry, juggling, dance, magic, exotic bird mating call impersonations, whatever, we’d love to have you along!

Anyone interested in taking part should email events@johnpeelcentre.co.uk with details of what they would like to do and email title SHEBANG, or come along on the night and we should be able to fit you in. Max. 10mins/3 songs per act (subject to number of acts).

Alternatively, if you are more of an observer, just come along to watch an exciting evening of random entertainment!

Doors: 7.30pm
FREE ENTRY

Licensed Bar – Please note our bar is now cashless.

Please note that seating is available at this event.

May
1
Wed
Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse
May 1 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse @ John Peel Centre

BEAUX GRIS GRIS & THE APOCALYPSE

+ Wicked Ravens Support

Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse (pronounced \bo\ \gree-gree\ ) California-based blues rock americana soul band created by Louisiana-born-and-raised musician Greta Valenti (Well Hung Heart) and UK British Blues Hall of Fame Inductee, Robin Davey (The Hoax, DVL, Well Hung Heart). Joined by the talents of musical heavyweights: Tom Rasulo (Dave Matthews, Gerard Way) Drums/Production in the UK & USA OR Alex Thomas (Anna Calvi, Bat For Lashes, Squarepusher) (UK) on Drums; Emma Jonson (UK) & Sam Robertson (USA) or DANIEL KIRKPATRICK (USA) on Keys, plus Stephen Mildwater (UK) and Chris Cunningham (USA) on Bass in the UK/USA respectively. PLUS VARIOUS OTHER PLAYERS AND GUEST APPEARANCES AT VARIOUS SHOWS.

To fully understand Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse is to experience the band live, a mix of soulful songs, intense energy, and world-class award-winning musicianship. RhythmBooze summed up the show finale as “A mind-boggling, blistering finish with everything thrown in including the kitchen sink…truly memorable”. When LouderSounds preaches “Let Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse twist yer melons and remind you of the wonder of life” it might be because the band vibe is easier to pin down than their unique take on the roots genres. Rockshot Magazine elaborates “This extremely entertaining collective is a New Orleans-inspired, American blues-folk-soul band, who refuse to be pigeon-holed”.

Beaux Gris Gris and The Apocalypse debut album Love & Murder spurned Top 10 hits in genre charts across Europe. The albums wide-reaching appeal earned it a #13 placement in the “Top 50 Albums of the year” by Classic Rock Magazine, describing it as “A sensual, vibrant cocktail“

Guitarist Robin Davey was the youngest ever inductee into the British Blues Hall of Fame. He spent time as an artist on Atlantic and Interscope Records, and has recorded with a wide spectrum of artists from Mick Jagger to Katy Perry. Multi-award-winning vocalist and songwriter Greta Valenti is Louisiana-born-and-bred creative with generations of her family dating back before the Louisiana purchase. Her rock outfit Well Hung Heart (OCMA’s Best Live Band) toured the USA opening for the likes of Fitz & The Tantrums, Twenty One Pilots, Foreigner, and Offspring.

Having headlined festivals across Europe, including Upton Festival (UK), The Great British R&B Festival (UK), Moulin (Netherlands) and Blues Alive (Czech Republic), the band were nominated for Band of the Year at the European Blues Awards. THIS YEAR, THE BAND WILL BE WORKING ON THEIR THIRD ALBUM AND TOURING EXTENSIVELY ACROSS UK, EUROPE, and the US.

While Beaux Gris Gris is the musical arm of their creativity, the pair have also established their own multi-award winning CREATIVE agency, Grow Vision, SPECIAILZING multimedia content and development. Daryl Hall INVITED them to direct / produce his show “Live From Daryl’s House” for Viacom for two years. Helping to bring the show from a 30 min syndicated TV show to a 1 hour, dolby surround premium mainstay on VH1/MTV Live. Their feature documentaries “THE CAMARY EFFECT” & “The Unbelievable Plight of Mrs. Wright” have won over 50 film festival awards, and secured distribution through Gravitas Ventures. Their visual work FOR MAINSTREAM BRANDS, LIKE Taco Bell, HAVE secured them MULTIPLE ADVERTISING AWARDS & CLIENTS ACROSS VARIOUS industries.

 

VIDEOBEAUX GRIS GRIS BLUESAPALOOZA 2022 

 

Doors open 7.30pm

Tickets £12 Adv. / £15 Otd.

BOOK ONLINE

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

Licensed bar.

May
4
Sat
JPC Record Fair
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
JPC Record Fair @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

JPC Record Fair is back – pop in and have a browse!

LPs / 12″ / 7″ / Rare 45s / Collectables & More!

+ Live DJs throughout the day

Licensed Bar / Refreshments available

Free Entry!

Doors open at 10:00 am

The Vinyl Lounge
May 4 @ 7:30 pm – May 5 @ 3:00 pm
The Vinyl Lounge @ John Peel Centre

The Vinyl Lounge

A cracking night of listening, dancing and sharing your vinyl

+ your favourite guest DJ’s

 

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

 

7.30pm till Midnight

£5.00

Book online

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

Licensed bar.

 

May
10
Fri
Buffalo Skinners
May 10 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Roots-rock & roll group The Buffalo Skinners, are on tour with their fourth album: Picking Up What You’re Putting Down. The band mixes earthy accordion and fiddle tones with bluesy Fender Rhodes keys and guitar, their signature vocal harmonies freshly augmented by new members Clare Quinn & Rebecca Philip.

On Picking Up What You’re Putting Down The Buffalo Skinners find themselves fully submerged in a lively electric sound that they had only previously dipped their toes into, on tracks like Cease Your Dreaming’s ‘Monkey On Your Back.’

May
15
Wed
Let’s Bop
May 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Let's Bop @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

Do you love to dance but no longer get a chance? Get your mojo back on the dance floor with Let’s Bop!

For women 18 to 80, Fun, Fitness & Friendship

Simply turn up & dance, on your own or with a friend(s)

May
16
Thu
JPC MUSIC QUIZ
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Our quiz night is back in the JPC bar at 11 Market Place with Quizmaster Ivan from The Walnut!

Teams are welcome of up to 6 people.

TICKETS: £1 per person OTD
DOORS: 7:00pm / QUIZ STARTS 7:30pm

Email simonh@johnpeelcentre.com in advance to book a table.

May
24
Fri
The Captain’s Beard
May 24 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

+ ShantyFolk Support

The Captain’s Beard are a folk rock group from Brighton, (the drinking town with a fishing problem.) They play traditional sea shanty and folk rock music with tight harmony singing as well as their own material.

Jun
7
Fri
Suntou Susso
Jun 7 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Suntou Susso @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

Spend an evening soaking in the beautiful music of the kora, an enchanting 22 stringed harp that originates from the Mandinka people of West Africa.

Join Suntou Susso – a charismatic and engaging Gambian master musician, singer, composer and kora player – performing the traditional kora songs of his culture as well as his own music.

Suntou is from a renowned kora playing family going back some 700 years. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy life-affirming, healing music from a rich cultural tradition in an intimate setting…a real treat!

Jun
13
Thu
JPC MUSIC QUIZ
Jun 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Our quiz night is back in the JPC bar at 11 Market Place with Quizmaster Ivan from The Walnut!

Teams are welcome of up to 6 people.

TICKETS: £1 per person OTD
DOORS: 7:00pm / QUIZ STARTS 7:30pm

Email simonh@johnpeelcentre.com in advance to book a table.

Jun
14
Fri
Brave Rival
Jun 14 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Brave Rival @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

Brave Rival are the South East’s brand-new rip-roaring rock and blues Machine. Hailing from Portsmouth, the UK Blues Award Nominated band features the powerful and beautiful twin vocals of Chloe Josephine and Lindsey Bonnick. On lead guitar, providing dramatic guitar solos and crunching rock riffs is Ed “The Shred” Clarke. And holding it all together is the rhythmic backbone, the self-proclaimed engine room of Billy Dedman (bass) and Donna Peters (drums).

Drawing influence from the likes of John Mayer, Aretha Franklin, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and Tedeschi Trucks, they offer a style and sound that you’ve always known, and yet never heard before.

Brave Rival are a band on a meteoric rise, firing on all cylinders and are about to take the world by storm. Their unique combination of beautifully harmonic, soulful vocals, epic guitar solos, pounding drums and powerful bass serves up an infectious sound that is not to be missed.

Jun
19
Wed
Let’s Bop
Jun 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Let's Bop @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

Do you love to dance but no longer get a chance? Get your mojo back on the dance floor with Let’s Bop!

For women 18 to 80, Fun, Fitness & Friendship

Simply turn up & dance, on your own or with a friend(s)

Jun
27
Thu
Rainbow Girls
Jun 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Rainbow Girls @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

“Dysfunctional Angels”

An all-female folk trio from California.

Jun
28
Fri
Sam Redmore and The Tropical Soundclash Allstars
Jun 28 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Sam Redmore and The Tropical Soundclash Allstars @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

Producer and artist Sam Redmore is shaping a career as one of the UK’s most exciting new talents. His path has seen him evolve from club DJ and promoter, to remixer responsible for a host of killer edits, to lighting up airwaves and stages from London to LA with his original productions. His knowledge of global, eclectic sounds – shaped when following the movements of the likes of Gilles Peterson, Quantic, Louie Vega and Mr Scruff – sets up his 2022 debut album Universal Vibrations as a feast for those who want to dance to a different beat.

Jul
6
Sat
Mark Thomas – Gaffa Tapes: Warm Up
Jul 6 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Mark Thomas - Gaffa Tapes: Warm Up @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

Join Mark as he tries out material for his brand-new show.

Jokes, rants, politics, play and the occasional sing song.

If you don’t know what he does ask your parents.

In his time he has won awards, forced a politician to resign, changed laws on tax and protest, become Guinness Book of Records world record holder for number of protests in 24 hours, taken the police to court 3 times and won, walked the length of the Israeli Wall in the West Bank and generally mucked about trying to have fun and “f**k the right people off.”

This show is more of the above.

“You’ll leave recommitted to the fight against this appalling authoritarian government, to keep that tradition alive.” Guardian 2021

Jul
13
Sat
Beat Jugglers
Jul 13 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Beat Jugglers @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

Beat Jugglers are a five piece live dance collective, making up front, flat out party music.

Take oldskool Exodus Collective and free party legend DJ Tech (The Tribal Editor), the trance techno producer who founded Level One Radio. Mix it up with classically trained pianist Joseph Wiggins (JJW), crossing genres from oldskool anthems to hard trance tune live on a piano. Remix this with Rising High Records veteran and brainchild of Law & Auder, our ‘original junglist’ Phil Earle. Then blend together with the soulful vocals of Nikki Neon and spine tingling melodies from Guru Josh saxophonist Mad Mick. Rave up with and Dusty Boot Crew on the dancefloor and boom! Full on, flat out live dance music!

Aug
30
Fri
China Crisis
Aug 30 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
China Crisis @ John Peel Centre

CHINA CRISIS

+ Support

The early 1980’s heralded a second Liverpool-based musical renaissance responsible for producing not just new wave legends OMD, but also the diverse likes of Echo and the Bunnymen, Teardrop Explodes, A Flock of Seagulls and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Amongst these lauded Merseyside acts was China Crisis, emerging in 1981 from their native Kirkby as the songwriting duo of vocalist/keyboardist Gary Daly and guitarist / vocalist Eddie Lundon, who over the years have been accompanied by a gifted and creative but ever-mutable group of musicians both on stage and in their recordings.  Citing influences as varied as Davie Bowie, Stevie Wonder and Eric Satie, it’s not entirely surprising that their sound was distinctive amongst their peers, often combining elements of jazz, reggae, country and other styles with their own unique melodies and harmonies.  With their philosophy that “the song is the most important thing”, China Crisis didn’t just stretch the creative limits of the technology of the time, but incorporated horns, strings, woodwinds, pedal steel, and did whatever they sensed would serve to create the best possible outcome for a given song.  The result of their effort was a clearly identifiable China Crisis sound that stood out from the crowd and garnered the band eleven UK Top 50 singles and three UK Top 40 albums, as well as considerable commercial success in Western Europe, ANZ, Southeast Asia, and the Americas.

That the China Crisis sound is enduring is demonstrable well into the 21st Century, not just through the continued fidelity of their longtime fans but the fact that a whole new generation of musicians and listeners are becoming China Crisis devotees.   In 2015 Gary and Eddie released the seventh China Crisis studio album to great acclaim via the fan funded PledgeMusic marketplace, a work referred to as at once “adventurous and contemporary” and “intimate”, and a return to the band’s “heady” songwriting strengths.  Meanwhile China Crisis classics have been sampled into modern singles by the likes of French Montana and Action Bronson, and the band’s songs have been chosen for use in contemporary cinema such as with the hit film Gone Girl and the immensely popular Sex Education on Netflix, all introducing their music to a whole new audience. Recently the band have undertaken extensive touring to mark the celebration of 4 decades of music-making, selling out shows throughout the UK as well as in the US and Canada, with more dates planned for Australia/New Zealand and Europe over the coming year.  The band have just released their “40th Anniversary: Live from the Liverpool Philharmonic”, a lovingly produced live concert video from their inaugural 40th Anniversary show which features songs from every one of their albums (some never performed live), recorded in their hometown with an all-star 16-piece China Crisis band.

With a combination of truly engaging music, a good bit of Scouse humor, and the clear kinship the band have with their fans, any China Crisis show is one you leave happier for having been part of.  Their live performances are truly must-see.

 

Doors open 7.30pm

Tickets £27.50 Adv.

BOOK ONLINE

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

Licensed bar.

Sep
18
Wed
Let’s Bop
Sep 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Let's Bop @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

Do you love to dance but no longer get a chance? Get your mojo back on the dance floor with Let’s Bop!

For women 18 to 80, Fun, Fitness & Friendship

Simply turn up & dance, on your own or with a friend(s)

Oct
4
Fri
JUDGE JULES: 90’s vs 00’s Dance Anthems – RIGHT HERE IN STOWMARKET!
Oct 4 @ 7:45 pm – 11:45 pm
JUDGE JULES: 90’s vs 00’s Dance Anthems – RIGHT HERE IN STOWMARKET! @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

Exclusive DJ Set + Support.

He’s one DJ that has been there, done it, and done it all again. For almost three decades Judge Jules has led the way in the world of dance music. Since kicking off his career behind the decks in 1987, Judge Jules has ticked every box…

…as a DJ, producer, promoter, A&R, radio presenter, taste-maker and, more recently, a music specialist lawyer.

Widley recognised for influencing an entire generation with residencies on both Kiss FM and BBC Radio 1, to this day the Judge continues to be on the playlists of millions with his weekly radio show The Global Warm Up, which notches up 750,000 downloads every week via his podcast and is broadcast on over 80 stations around the world.

As a pioneer of the club scene, his passion and persona behind the decks coupled with crowd connection and unrivalled track selection has earned Judge Jules a hardcore fanbase and unforgettable sets week-in week-out at the world’s most iconic clubs and festivals, including the UK’s Gatecrasher, Ministry of Sound, Global Gathering and Creamfields, as well as in countless overseas countries.

In the studio, Judge Jules has released over 200 tracks, including 15 UK top 40 national charts hits, with countless more gracing the upper reaches of the dance charts. In the last three years alone, he’s had over 12 releases on iconic labels like Coldharbour, Sirup, Armada and his own imprint, Judgement. As a respected taste-maker, he’s also mixed now-legendary compilations for Ministry of Sound, Universal and Warner Bros, racking up over 3 million sales between them. Compilations considered timeless snapshots of the scene. And for one night only…he’s right here in Stowmarket!

Standard: £22.75
VIP (Glass of Prosecco or Lager on arrival and 1 item in the cloakroom)

This is an over 18’s event only

Doors/Start: 7:45pm / Finish approx 11:45pm

Oct
5
Sat
Roving Crows
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Roving Crows @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

Roving Crows have been carving out their niche in the UK folk music scene since early 2009.

Over ten years, and evolving incarnations, Roving Crows have cultivated an arresting, singular sound that pushes the boundaries of the Celtic Folk genre. The band play with genuine passion, energy and soul. Vital and vibrant, a must-see live act who showcase a mix of fiery, Celtic-inspired fiddle, conscious, intelligent lyrics, backed by solid, thumping rhythms and driving, innovative bass. Roving Crows tour extensively across the UK and Europe, taking on injustice and societal imbalance with their lyrics and always creating a vibrant atmosphere with their lively show. Roving Crows comprises; strong lead vocals and 4 part harmonies, guitar, fiddle, bass and drums.

Oct
16
Wed
Let’s Bop
Oct 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Let's Bop @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

Do you love to dance but no longer get a chance? Get your mojo back on the dance floor with Let’s Bop!

For women 18 to 80, Fun, Fitness & Friendship

Simply turn up & dance, on your own or with a friend(s)

Nov
20
Wed
Let’s Bop
Nov 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Let's Bop @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

Do you love to dance but no longer get a chance? Get your mojo back on the dance floor with Let’s Bop!

For women 18 to 80, Fun, Fitness & Friendship

Simply turn up & dance, on your own or with a friend(s)