John Peel Day Events – 2015

John Peel Day events - 2015

One of the many famous things Peel said which applies even more now:


Below are notices of live shows featuring bands that did a Peel Session or that he played.
There are also gigs involving new bands. This is very much in the spirit of John Peel and I’m sure he would have approved.

» If you know of any John Peel Day events drop us a line or tweet via @keepingitpeel.


Friday 2nd October 2015 –

Scared To Dance presents: Tigercats/The Hayman Kupa Band/Model Village

The Shackwell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London, E8 2EB   [Map]

Scared To Dance’s gig night is back at The Shacklewell Arms for our fourth show of the year on Friday 2nd October!

Having carved out a coveted space in the scuzzier realm of kinetic indiepop, London five-piece Tigercats have now delivered second album Mysteries, an assuredly contagious record bristling with melody and noise, and mapped out on a lyrical landscape populated by gated longings, bleached-out city skies, and skewed entanglements of the heart.

Tigercats make music that stems from the weird collision point between Half Japanese, Hefner, Daniel Johnston, Prince and Orange Juice, shuttling through this heady constellation armed with a pop sensibility marked out by its eloquence and ferocity. Duncan Barrett and Laura Kovic articulate sweet laments and aspersions over swathes of magnetic agit-glam-punk noise which prowls an alternately feral and refined musical terrain.


The Hayman Kupa Band is a supergroup comprising of Darren Hayman of Darren Hayman and Hefner fame, Emma Kupa formerly of Standard Fare and current Mammoth Penguin, Fever Dream drummer Cat Loye and Michaelmas a.k.a. Michael Wood on bass.


Model Village are some kind of pop band from London and Cambridge with a form book as long as your arm where previous bands are concerned. None of that matters now though, so come and revel in the Model Village of the future. Dan, Ian, Kenny, Kev, Piers, and Lily currently make up the residents’ committee.

// DJ //

Our resident DJ Sam Cottis of the blog For The Rabbits will be spinning records in-between the bands.




Mon 5th – Fri 9th October 2015 –

BBC 6 Music Live At Maida Vale

BBC 6 Music Live - 2015

6 Music Live 2015

Starting October 5th, Lauren Laverne will be broadcasting from the legendary Maida Vale studios with a week of extraordinary live music from some of the finest artists around.

Line up:

Monday 5th Oct: Bloc Party

Tuesday 6th Oct: Leftfield

Wednesday 7th Oct: The Staves

Thursday 8th October: Mercury Rev

Friday 9th October: New Order:
BBC 6 Music Live - New Order



Saturday 10th October 2015 –

Damnably’s NINTH Birthday/World International John Peel Day

Windmill Brixton, 22 Blenheim Gardens
London SW2 5BZ   [Map]

Damnably began with a Peel Day at the Windmill Brixton 9 years ago. Join us as we retrace our birth at Damnably’s NINTH (Circle Of HELL Birthday/World International John Peel Day).
Damnably presents - World International Peel Day 2015
9 Bands on the main stage & 9 acts on the Acoustic Stage, with some cover songs from Peel sessions, Peel favourites and Damnably back catalogue DJ’ed.

Main Stage
Slowgun (O Genesis)
BRUJA (Barnsley)
smallgang (Damnably)
monster island (Manchester)
Molasses (Cambridge)
echolocation (Leicester)
Former Utopia (Damnably)

Acoustic Stage
MJ Hibbett (AAS/Pereborough)
Capt.Lovelace (Damnably/France)
Splintered Man (Wickford)
Russell and the Wolf Choir (Romford)
We Are Passerines (smallgang/ Crumbling Ghost)
More Bad Times (Peruga, Italy)



Tuesday 13th October 2015 –

Remembering John Peel and Lee Brilleaux at Word In Your Ear

The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle Street, London N1 0XT   [Map

On October 13th at The Islington we present a special evening dedicated to the life and legacy of John Peel.
Word In Your Ear
Eleven years after his death we’re taking advantage of the publication of a splendid new book looking closely at the music he played on his radio programmes to celebrate his unique contribution to the cultural life of modern Britain. On The Islington’s comfortable sofas that evening will be:

David Hepworth, who remembers Peel introducing Cream’s live version of Crossroads in 1968 and interviewed him on what seemed to be the very advanced occasion of his fortieth birthday in 1979;

Mark Ellen, who tasted the poisoned chalice known as “sitting in for Peel” during the 80s and interviewed him on more than one occasion;

Trevor Dann, who was one of the radio presenters who learned how to DJ from listening to Peel, and as part of Radio One’s management in the 90s had many dealings with Peel;

David Cavanagh, who’s written a new book called Good Night and Good Riddance, which tracks in detail the music that Peel played and the things he said between the music over a period of thirty-five years.

There’ll be archive, anecdotes, analysis, insider insight and the usual hefty slug of baseless gossip and it will all be recorded for podcasting.

As will our other guest for the evening, Zoë Howe, acclaimed biographer of Stevie Nicks, Wilko Johnson and the Jesus and Mary Chain, who’ll be talking about her new book Lee Brilleaux – Rock’n’Roll Gentleman.

Mark Ellen and Zoë Howe - pic Kevin Cummins
Mark Ellen and Zoë Howe – pic Kevin Cummins



Saturday 17th October 2015 –

Spinningchilli Presents: John Peel Night

The Green Door Store
Trafalgar Arches, Lower Goods Yard, Underneath Brighton Station BN1 4FQ   [Map]

Celebrating the life of the late great DJ John Peel with Piranhas Four (formerly The Piranhas), I, Ludicrous, Helen McCookerybook and Simon&thePope.
John Peel Night - Brighton - 2015

The Piranhas, now officially known as Piranhas Four, is the recently re-formed ska-punk Brighton band of Tom Hark fame. They recorded four sessions for Peelie, who made a pilgrimage to witness their influential Sunday night gigs at The Alhambra.

I, Ludicrous achieved immortality in 1987 year when ‘Preposterous Tales’ reached number 11 in the Festive 50. Their line-up since 2008 now includes Martin Brett from Voice of The Beehive.

Helen McCookerybook, bass player with 1977 Brighton punk group Joby and the Hooligans, formed The Chefs two years later. Her 80s band, Helen and the Horns did three Peel sessions. Helen’s made several solo CDs and also written The Lost Women of Rock: Female Musicians of the Punk Era.

Simon&thePope are a new south coast punk funk drum & bass duo. Drummer Simon Charterton recorded five Peel sessions with The Higsons.




Friday 23rd October 2015 –

Scared To Dance presents: Joy Division & New Order Special

The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road, Dalston, London E8 3AS   [Map]

Scared To Dance returns and we’re having a Joy Division & New Order Special! You can get in on our £4 cheaplist by joining the Facebook event before doors open.

Scared To Dance - Joy Division New Order night



// MUSIC //

We’ll be playing Joy Division & New Order alongside our usual mix of indiepop, post-punk, new wave and sixties music. If you have any song requests then feel free to send them in!

Age of Consent . Atmosphere . Atrocity Exhibition . Bizarre Love Triangle . Blue Monday . Broken Promise . Ceremony . Colony . Confusion . Crystal . Dead Souls . Digital . Disorder . Everything’s Gone Green . Fine Time . Heart and Soul . Incubation . Interzone . Isolation . Krafty . Love Will Tear Us Apart . The Perfect Kiss . Procession . Regret . Restless . Round & Round . Run . Shadowplay . She’s Lost Control . Shellshock . Singularity . Spooky . State of the Nation . Sub-culture . Temptation . These Days . Touched By the Hand of God . Transmission . True Faith . Tutti Frutti . World (The Price of Love) . 60 Miles an Hour


We’ll be projecting Anton Corbijn’s brilliant film Control inside the venue.

// ENTRY //

You can either join the event to get in on our £4 cheaplist or you can buy tickets in advance for £6 to guarantee getting in from

// LINKS //

Official Site –
Facebook –
Twitter –
Mixcloud –
Instagram –

Saturday 24th October 2015 –

Peel Regenerated

Westgarth Social Club
99 Southfield Road,
Middlesbrough TS1 3EZ   [Map]

Featuring some Peel favourites including June Brides, Terry & Gerry, Terminal Cheesecake and more.


The full line-up:
June Brides
The Jazz Butcher
Terry & Gerry
Terminal Cheesecake
Eton Crop
Church of Elvis
Disciples Of Tone

Tickets are now available from behind the bar of the Westgarth Social-Club – ring Steve the landlord on 07973 684719.

You can reserve tickets by contacting Steve 07769 258035 or Martin 07962 432250 or via the Facebook event page:



Sunday 25th October 2015 –

Tuff Life Boogie presents – Un-Peeled 2015

The Continental, South Meadow Lane,
Preston, Lancashire PR1 8JP   [Map]

Un-Peeled, Preston’s tribute to the late great DJ John Peel returns in 2015 with a terrific line-up packed full of Peel session vets and great new bands.
Tuff Life Boogie presents Un-Peeled 2015
The 2015 show features ultra-rare appearances from two of Bristol’s most lauded post-punk groups: Maximum Joy and the Glaxo Babies.

Other artists that can truly be described as ‘Peel Favourites’ on the bill include Dutch band Eton Crop, JD Meatyard (ex-Levellers 5/Calvin Party) and John Hyatt’s Glamogoth (3 Johns), who can boast 18 John Peel sessions between them.

A selection of new acts from left of the dial include Sauna Youth who will be playing two sets, the second in their ‘Monotony’ guise.

Full line up:
Maximum Joy, Glaxo Babies, Sauna Youth, Monotony, JD Meatyard, John Hyatt’s Glamogoth, Eton Crop, Pulled Pork, Pill Fangs, Cannonball Statman, John Lee Hartley, Peaness, Fighting.

Running order to be finalised.



John Peel Day Events – 2013


Before #KeepingItPeel on October 25th, there are the John Peel Day gigs.
These are live shows which feature performances by bands who recorded a Peel Session, or were played on his show. There are also live events taking place that celebrate the life of John Peel, they too are #keepingitpeel.

» If you know of any John Peel Day events drop me a line or tweet us via @keepingitpeel

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