A year after John died the BBC created John Peel Day and it became an annual event, well for two more years… But the Peel Day didn’t stop just because the Beeb (once again) gave up…
Venues all over Europe still wanted to continue because it commemorated one of the most influential DJ’s, but especially because it gave up and coming bands an opportunity to perform. Thus keeping the spirit of Peel alive.
Sadly though the number of these events has dropped. This is why it’s more important than ever for all of us – those who listened – to be #keepingitpeel on October 25th. The events might drop off, but the #keepingitpeel day on October 25th never will.
JOHN PEEL DAY EVENTS 2011:
Thu 13th October – John Peel Day
Iain Chambers (London, fingerpicking/slide guitar) Releases “Rituals and Pastimes” LP on Transformed Dreams. Mo Kolours (London, percussionist/DJ/singer) Half-Mauritian percussionist & singer fuses the sounds of his ethnic heritage with the more familiar influences of a British producer: dub, soul, hip-hop and various electronic styles. // J.C. Satan (Bordeaux/Turin)3 guys, 2 girls garagerock band influenced by a.o. Can and Beatles. // DJ Nightmare (Amsterdam) Disastrous sounds from nowhere. €5 Doors open 20:30 – 1:00
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Sun 16th October – The John Peel Memorial All Dayer
All day Memorial gig to celebrate the life and legacy of John Peel. Many great local bands to be playing and more to be confirmed. Free entry starting at 2pm til 12am. » View poster
@Lukeeeopole for more details.
Fri 21st October – John Peel Night
B-SIDE presents JOHN PEEL TRIBUTE NIGHT 2011 !
Keeping it Peel… This years musical extravaganza in tribute to the late great John Peel featuring – From Leeds, hotly tipped indie band THE CHEVIN / London’s WHITE POWDER GOLD…Urban/Indie crossover / HEDLUV & PASSMAN…need no introduction whatsoever!! / CHINESE SKY CANDY, left of centre electro/indie /THE SURGEONS…classic punk form these PZ legends / ALL OF THIS AND….an array of DJ’s playing a typically Peel eclectic array of tunes…all of which potentially played at the wrong speed!! 7pm – ***FIRST BAND ON AT 8PM*** / £3 on the door, all profits going to British Heart Foundation
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Sat 22nd October – Popklubb ‘John Peel’ Special
It’s October, so it must be our annual celebration of the life of the great man himself, yes, John Peel, sadly missed since October 2004. All tracks on the night will be chosen from Peel’s legendary and influential festive 50s-expect The Fall, The Smiths, Sundays, Sonic Youth, Undertones, early Belle and Sebastian. and loads of other artists so famously championed by this affable bastion of taste, as well as a few surprise tunes you may not have thought made it into those festive charts- all done in the best possible Popklubb-friendly stylee of course…….guest dJs are newly weds to be Rob Savage & Louise Lennox, giving their own personal take on the Peel years, looking forward to it already…..
@Popklubb2011 for more info.
Sun 23rd October – Part Time Punks John Peel Nite
The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California, USA
Part Time Punks pays tribute to John Robert Parker Ravenscroft…aka JOHN PEEL…the world’s greatest DJ and one of the most important musical taste-makers of the 1970s, 80s, 90s and up until his passing on October 25, 2004… And we do this in inimitable PTP form…first of all, by having live tributes to two of Peelie’s favourite bands, THE FALL (an all-star band led by Steven Gregoropolous of Lavender Diamond, comprised of members of The Wild Stares, Clawhammer, Jail Weddings) and THE WEDDING PRESENT (performed by The Sea Lions). Secondly, you’ll get to hear ONLY Peel Sessions all nite long on the dance floor!
Tue 25th October – John Peel Day
@Pushermania will be DJing with all the classic John Peel Session songs and outtakes from the show.
No door charge, venue open from 6pm.
Fri 28th October – John Peel Night
Symptomatic presents JOHN PEEL NIGHT at Nambucca, 596 Holloway Road, London on Friday 28th October and features an incredible line-up of bands – VIC GODARD & SUBWAY SECT, VIV ALBERTINE, TV PERSONALITIES and 14 ICED BEARS – plus special guests.
DJ MIKE playing Peels’ favourite records and classic session tracks with guest DJ’s until the early hours.
All this for a recession busting £8 advance ticket available from Ticketweb, See Tickets and We Got Tickets – and they’re selling fast!
Fri 28th October – John Peel Night
THE WAVE PICTURES / JOHN PEEL NIGHT / TAPESTRY + SPECIAL GUESTS
One of the finest bands around, a tribute to a broadcasting legend and a Tapestry night rolled into one, with Tapestry DJs on ’til late.
For the last decade, on the last Friday of each month, TAPESTRY has championed some of the coolest bands under a church in Euston, from Field Music to The Magic Numbers, Chromehoof to Jeffery Lewis, and from Kitty Daisy and Lewis to The Wave Pictures (of course). The night moved to the Bull & Gate in July of this year. Headliners, THE WAVE PICTURES, are returning to the Bull & Gate, following the rescheduling of their September show at the Kentish Town venue! The band are David Tattersall, Franic Rozycki and Jonny ‘Huddersfield’ Helm. In 1998 Franic and David lived in a village called Wymeswold where they started playing music together, now with Jonny ‘Huddersfield’ on drums. Highlights have included playing at the Mofo Festival in Paris at the invitation of friends Herman Dune, and playing shows with Herman Dune and The Jeffrey Lewis Band. David also sang THE WAVE PICTURES song ‘Dust Off Your Heart’ with Herman Dune on a radio session for the great JOHN PEEL.
Sat 29th October – John Peel Night
To celebrate the life of the late, great DJ John Peel (30th August 1939-25th October 2004) a host of bands appear live upstairs at The Hydrant in Brighton. – Subway Sect first played at the 100 Club Punk Festival in 1976 and recorded two Peel sessions. – Vic Godard continued making music throughout four decades. Recent LP, ‘We Come as Aliens’ with influences from northern soul to punk has received great reviews. Original Sect bass player Paul Myers and Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook join the line-up at this gig. – Originally part of the Brighton punk scene, ska-influenced Piranhas recorded three Peel sessions and gained great success with “Tom Hark”. Reformed in 2010 with originals Bob Grover & John Helmer, they’ve recently packed out venues and supported The Blockheads. – West London garage group The Fallen Leaves, featuring former members of Subway Sect, formed the same year Peelie died and we’re sure he would’ve loved them. They’ve made two LPs, gigged around the UK, Europe and USA. Don’t miss them if you’re a Billy Childish or Subway Sect fan. – Leamington’s finest, The Shapes, did one brilliant Peel session. Their ‘Part of the Furniture’ EP featured many times. For this event Seymour Bybuss (Ben Browton) and Tim Jee perform an acoustic set.
Sat 29th October – ‘Unpeeled’ : John Peel Day All-Dayer
To celebrate John Peel Day in style, this all-dayer features a whole plethora of artists who have recorded sessions for the legendary DJ. Live performances from: Clinic, The Nightingales, Ted Chippington – PLUS: The Bent Moustache, Sisters of Transistors, The Lovely Eggs, Lianne Hall, Dave Jackson (The Room/Benny Profane), John Hyatt (The Three Johns), Vincent Black Lightning (Notsensibles), Nights on Mars, Baboon, Mick Travis (Tompaulin) This is one music event you can’t afford to miss. Tickets are £12.50 in advance or £15 on the door and are available from The Continental’s Bar (01772 499 425), from Preston Visitor Information Centre (01772 253 731) or online.
@ephemeraldog for more info
Sat 19th November – John Peel Nite
Live performances with two local bands: Severine & Trinidad.
Rock and roll, psychedelic rock and DJ Tuna Brix who will play Peel’s favourite bands.
@isalocutriz for more info.
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(Following are not John Peel Day events, mentioned because of the connection)
Fri 28th October – Billy Bragg in concert
“I often turn to no-nonsense, nimble witted, worldly wise Billy Bragg for some advice when I am for professional reasons looking into an event, phenomenon, trend, issue, movement, date, personality etc. As a formidable, inquisitive and globetrotting combination of storyteller, historian, activist, father, enthusiast, pilgrim, entertainer, minstrel, humorist, rambler, sermoniser and scholar, he’s always got a point of view, a word of wisdom, a rigorous insight, a calming thought, an inspiring idea, a brilliant punchline, whatever it is I’m asking him about. Speaking to him, I am always alert to the transcendent fact that he made a cameo appearance in Bob Dylan’s Chronicles, and that this lends a level of the hobo divine to his rugged common sense.” — Paul Morley
@billybragg for more info.
» Oct 25th-29th – John Peel’s Shed by John Osborne: Jacksons Lane, London. @JohnOsRadioHead for more info.
Mon 31st October – BBC 6 Music Showcase in Salford
At the end of October, BBC 6 Music brings an eclectic mix of musicians to the station’s northern base in Salford for an evening of fantastic live performance.
North country boys The Charlatans perform tracks spanning the decades of their illustrious career, with emerging stars Bombay Bicycle Club bringing their unique fusion of indie, folk and beats.
Local legend John Cooper Clarke brings the unique brand of punk poetry he pioneered back in the late 1970s, while newcomer Michael Kiwanuka contributes his own brand of modern vintage soul.
6 Music’s Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie compere the event, which takes place in the BBC Philharmonic Studio in Salford on Monday 31 October. Ticket info.
Performances from the BBC 6 Music Showcase will be broadcast on 6 Music.