What’s On at the John Peel Centre

Mar
2
Sat
Catfish
Mar 2 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Catfish @ John Peel Centre

International touring blues-rock powerhouse Catfish are making waves on the music scene in the UK and Europe.  They have now won a total of five UK Blues Awards and were in the top five finalists in three categories in the 2023 awards.

​In the last few years, they have played at almost every major UK blues festival and have established themselves as a real force in the British blues scene.  They now tour regularly in Europe.

‘Catfish are one of the finest live bands in Britain today.  The quality of musicianship is outstanding and in Matt Long, they have one of the greatest young guitarists on the scene today…’ Blues Matters Magazine.

www.catfishbluesband.co.uk

 

 

Doors open 7.30pm

Tickets £13 in advance / £15 on the door

Book online

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

Licensed bar

Mar
8
Fri
Melys
Mar 8 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Melys @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

Welsh indie pop icons Melys are coming to the John Peel Centre as part of their 2024 Peel Sessions Album tour! Having recorded eleven sessions for John Peel on BBC Radio 1, as well as coming first in his Festive Fifty in 2001, it was meant to be that they perform at the JPC!

The band are set to unleash a series of releases early in the new year with a BBC sessions album scheduled for release on St David’s day, followed by a single and an album of new material scheduled for late April. This will be the band’s first album release since their acclaimed ‘Life’s too short’ album which was dedicated to DJ friend, John Peel.

Support from Pys Melyn & HCK9

Doors open at 19:30, first support starts 20:00

 

Book online

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

Cashless bar.

Mar
9
Sat
Stowmarket Chorale Spring Concert 2024
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Stowmarket Chorale Spring Concert 2024

Stowmarket Chorale presents a secular programme featuring Alexander L’Estrange’s luscious ‘Love’s Philosophy’, Lauridsen’s magical ‘Sure on this Shining Night’ and Elgar’s Majestic ‘Sea Pictures’, with piano & cello solos by Ola Gjeilo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets £18.00, U19s FREE

Doors: 6.30pm 

Concert: 7.00 – 9.00pm

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Cashless bar.

Mar
22
Fri
Baskery + Christie (support)
Mar 22 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

The queens of banjopunk, three Swedish sisters by the name of Baskery, who’ve played music since they were old enough to hold an instrument. Baskery play a combination of classic ‘roots music and Americana’ with a twist of rule breaking punk turn this much loved style of music on it’s head. Their sound oozes style and playfulness and has helped them accrue a number of plaudits and accolades.

The three sisters can’t recall when or why they started playing, the music’s always just been there. In their late teens, the sisters joined forces with their dad, who for decades, was a one man band playing old blues and country tunes for a living. They named the band Slaptones and released two albums on EMI Sweden. 

This foundation of classic “roots music and Americana” settled in their hearts, but also awoke the urge of breaking the rules of traditional music. Baskery is a band built on what three people can do together and it’s all about turning the music on its head, blending the straightforwardness of punk with the subtlety of singer/ songwriting. 

 

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Event information

Doors 7.30pm

Tickets £15 Adv. / £18 Otd.

JPC Members get 2-4-1 !

Standing

Book online

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

Cashless Licensed bar

Mar
28
Thu
JPC Quiz Night
Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
JPC Quiz Night @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

with Quizmaster Ivan from The Walnut!

Teams of up to 6 people – £1 per person

Doors 7:00 pm / Starts 7:30 pm

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

Mar
30
Sat
The Vinyl Lounge
Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am
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.

 

Apr
6
Sat
PRINCE FATTY FT HORSEMAN + DJ Harmaline (support)
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
PRINCE FATTY FT HORSEMAN + DJ Harmaline (support) @ John Peel Centre

PRINCE FATTY

Prince Fatty delivers characterful takes on old-school reggae, soul and Latin grooves. He is based in London and loves to work with people all over the world. Fatty is the creation of music producer and engineer Michael Pelanconi – the artist name a nod to that giant of Jamaican sound King Tubby.

You can find him playing in clubs and festivals and guesting with sound systems. You can find him sharing knowledge about music and equipment. You can hear his music in the pantheon of international popular culture – on soundtracks to shows like Breaking Bad and Grey’s Anatomy.

Prince Fatty has worked with varied global talents, such as Horseman, Stick Figure, ShnieceMungo’s Hi-Fi, Little Roy, Winston Francis, Jamaican superstars Big Youth and Marcia Griffiths, Afrobeat musicians including Dele Sosimi and Kunle Justice, Latin maverick Manu Chao and hip-hop godfathers The Last Poets.

Prince Fatty “virtually reinvented lovers rock” on the first two Hollie Cook albums, beginning with her breakthrough hit Milk And Honey. Credited as Mike Pelanconi, he mixed Lily Allen’s “Alright Still” album, that went on to sell 3.5 million copies.

He learnt his craft with Rebel MC, The Orb, OnU Sound and Acid Jazz, before time in Los Angeles at hip-hop label Delicious Vinyl. He’s had recording and mixing sessions with The Brand New Heavies, N’dea Davenport and the legendary J Dilla. He’s worked with Blur’s Graham Coxon and producer Stephen Street.

His affinity with music from different cultures leads to running collaborations with musicians from New York to Sao Paolo to Lagos to Bangkok. He was also a sample library pioneer, with the launch of Drumdrops in 2003.

 

+ support from DJ HARMALINE

 

 

Doors open 7.30pm

Tickets £16.00 adv. / £18.00 otd.

Book online 

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

Cashless bar.

Apr
12
Fri
The Downsetters
Apr 12 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

The Downsetters are an original UK Ska and Reggae band. Combining the feel and rhythm of Jamaican
music, the energy of Dance, and the attitude of Punk, their heavyweight set of razor-sharp tracks and unique
Ska Fusion sound has seen them become a festival and live show favourite throughout the UK and Europe.
Their 12-year history has seen them produce three consecutive performances at the world-famous Glastonbury
Festival, Boomtown Fair, multiple European tours, major UK Ska and Reggae festivals, as well as various
supports slots for Ska legends such as The Beat, Bad Manners, The Dualers, Neville Staple band (The
Specials), Lee Thompson (Madness) and more!

Apr
13
Sat
Honey and The Bear 10th Anniversary Tour
Apr 13 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Honey and The Bear 10th Anniversary Tour @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

Honey & The Bear – 10 Year Anniversary Tour

Celebrating a decade with a return to the venue where it all started back in 2014, with a selection of songs from across those years, three studio albums and earlier material.

Featuring special guests Evan Carson (Drums/Percussion) & Toby Shaer (Fiddle & Flutes/Whistles)

Honey & the Bear were a tour de force on the UK Folk Festival circuit in 2023. The British folk and roots duo combine delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with emotive and evocative songwriting. With a diverse range of sounds and textures, and rhythms that flow from the fast and furious to gentle ballads, their live performances are spirited and dynamic. Conjuring stories in song, they tell tales of Suffolk folklore, courageous people they admire and their passion for nature which has been enchanting audiences up and down the country.

The multi-instrumentalist pair, comprised of songwriters Jon Hart (guitar, bass, bouzouki) and Lucy Hart (guitar, ukulele, bass, banjo, mandolin & percussion), are often joined on-stage by band guests Evan Carson (percussion) and Toby Shaer (Fiddle/Flutes/Whistles) who also feature on both Honey & The Bear studio albums. Together they have played at many revered venues and festivals across the UK as well as travelled across the channel for their first European tour. They supported Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys on two UK tours and opened for The Shires at world renowned Snape Maltings Concert Hall. They returned to Snape Maltings under their own steam just two years later to perform a sold out show. Third album ‘Away Beyond The Fret’ was released 3rd November 2023.

Visit – https://honeyandthebear.co.uk/ for more info

Tickets – £16 ADV

Doors open at 19:30

Please note this is an unallocated, seated gig.

 

Book online

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

Cashless bar.

Apr
18
Thu
JPC Quiz Night
Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
JPC Quiz Night @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

with Quizmaster Ivan from The Walnut!

Teams of up to 6 people – £1 per person

Doors 7:00 pm / Starts 7:30 pm

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

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.
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

+ Support TBC.

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
16
Thu
JPC Quiz Night
May 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
JPC Quiz Night @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

with Quizmaster Ivan from The Walnut!

Teams of up to 6 people – £1 per person

Doors 7:00 pm / Starts 7:30 pm

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

Jun
13
Thu
JPC Quiz Night
Jun 13 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
JPC Quiz Night @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

with Quizmaster Ivan from The Walnut!

Teams of up to 6 people – £1 per person

Doors 7:00 pm / Starts 7:30 pm

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

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).

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