What’s On at the John Peel Centre

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

+ support by Tim Ainslie and The Vibes 

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.

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

+ support by GetNotGot

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.

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!

Munay Ki Dub
Jul 19 @ 7:30 am – 11:00 am
Munay Ki Dub @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

MUNAY KI DUB is an award-winning power trio representing a new breed of dub artists. Hailing from the mountains of central Argentina, they combine live instruments such as violin, melodica, percussion, bass and guitar with programming, effects and digital instruments. MUNAY KI DUB has released two EPs and numerous singles through Dubophonic Records. During their live performances, MUNAY KI DUB glide seamlessly between dub, reggae, drum & bass, rock, tango and folk, using the English and Spanish languages as a form of political expression and social awareness – a show not to be missed!

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


+ 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.


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

Licensed bar.

Chantel McGregor
Sep 5 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Chantel McGregor @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

In previous years, blues-rock singer/songwriter Chantel stepped out in the pro-musician world and her stunning live performances demonstrated that she had the ability to perform rock for the new age, played by a musician born with an effortless virtuosity. Since then, she has built a loyal and growing fan base who follow her every move.

Throughout 2023, Chantel has been extensively touring both solo and with her band, she co-headlined 4 successful shows with Elles Bailey, has had numerous sell out shows and performed at some incredible festivals such as Maid of Stone Festival.

She is currently writing for her third studio album, and debuting some of the new tracks on her tour which is taking place throughout the UK.

Baka Beyond
Sep 13 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Baka Beyond @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

For over 30 years, Baka Beyond has fused African and Celtic music into a vibrant, dance-inducing mix. Inspired by the Baka Pygmies of Cameroon, local founders Martin Cradick and Su Hart have shared their spirit globally. Their album “Spirit of the Forest” brought fame, and their charity, Global Music Exchange, benefits the Baka. The band, which includes members from Sierra Leone, Congo and Ireland, embodies the unifying power of music. Join their global celebration!

Toby Lee
Oct 11 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Toby Lee is the leading light of the old-soul nu-blues scene. He’s just been confirmed as Young Blues Musician of the Year for the 3rd time and the youngest ever performer in the UK Blues Hall of Fame!

Almond as well as playing shows with his own band including Glastonbury, Black Deer and Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Toby’s band will also be playing festivals in Croatia, Norway and France. He will play over 100 shows in 2024.

Toby’s new album ‘House on Fire’ will be released in the Autumn alongside his own UK tour.

Toby has shared the stage with a host of guitar stars including Buddy Guy, Billy Gibbons, Peter Frampton and Slash and has appeared alongside his hero, Joe Bonamassa at the Royal Albert Hall and on Joe’s famed Mediterranean Blues Cruise.

Toby has been a Gibson Artist since the age of ten and is endorsed by Blackstar Amplification and D’Addario Strings.

‘Sometimes the stars align for a young musician and a story writes itself’

The Undercover Hippy
Oct 12 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
The Undercover Hippy @ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts

Billy Rowan aka The Undercover Hippy has been performing at festivals since 2008, working his way up from being a solo singer-songwriter playing in small marquee stages, to now having a full band of incredible musicians and playing main-stages at some of the UK’s best independent festivals. The band have been regulars at Glastonbury, Boomtown, Electric Picnic, Eden Festival in Scotland and Beautiful Days, plus many more around the UK and Europe. They also tour extensively in the UK twice a year, playing to packed venues from Edinburgh to Penzance.

The music is best described as politically driven acoustic roots reggae folk-hop, with feel good vibes and a sly sense of humour. The live show is high energy, interactive, and always leaves the crowd begging for more. Devoted fans travel the length of the UK for shows, audibly singing along with every chorus.