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


Simon Edwards who does the Loose Canon on 6 Towns Radio show will be #keepingitpeel on Monday October 21st from 9 till 11pm. He’ll be playing some favourites first heard on John Peel and music from unsigned bands.
Listen in via:

BCB 106.6fm in Bradford will be broadcasting a 5 hour live Peel tribute on the night 25th Oct from 10pm-3am. Details to be confirmed.
Outside Bradford are you can listen at

            JOHN PEEL DAY EVENTS 2013:

Thursday 10th October 2013 –

Spinningchilli Presents: John Peel Night

Spinningchilli Presents - John Peel Night 2013
The Prince Albert, 48 Trafalgar Street, Brighton [map]

John Peel Night 2013 with Piranhas 3D, I Ludicrous,The Fallen Leaves and Ben Graham

Celebrating the life of the late great DJ with Brighton’s very own ska-punk band Piranhas 3D, formerly The Piranhas who recorded four sessions from 1979-80. Plus south London Peel faves I Ludicrous, The Fallen Leaves, featuring Rob Symmons from the original Subway Sect and Quietus contributor/ post-punk poet Ben Graham, a seasoned performer on the Brighton spoken word scene.

Tickets: £5.00 in advance or £6.00 on the door.

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More info about the all the Tufflife Boogie/Un-Peeled events at New Continental, Preston can be found at:

Saturday 12th October 2013 –

Tufflife Boogie Present: Psych Peel

Tufflife Boogie Presents - Un-Peeled 2013
The Mad Ferret/The Ferret, 55 Fylde Road, Preston [map]

Psych Peel – Clinic, Poltergeist, Blue Orchids and Alien Ballroom

The opening slavo in the Un-Peeled season of shows for John Peel Day is a ridiculously good line-up. It features welcome returns from Clinic who headlined the first Preston Un-Peeled in 2011 and Blue Orchids who headlined last year’s all-dayer in Manchester! Please note that, unlike the rest of the programme, this gig is at the Mad Ferret on Fylde Road, which will have had a refurb and will be renamed ‘The Ferret’ by the time of the show.

Tickets are £12.50 and capacity is limited, so please book in advance, either online through, or pick tickets up at The Ferret or Action Records Preston.

Poltergeist are an instrumental dynamic power trio featuring original Echo & the Bunymen members Will Sergeant on guitar, Les Pattinson on bass, and also featuring Nick Kilroe on drums.

Tickets: £12.50 in advance

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Sunday 13th October 2013 –

Ninth annual Peel Day in Amsterdam

OCCII, Amstelveenseweg 134, 1075 XL Amsterdam, Netherlands [map]

Sunday afternoon October 13 2013 the yearly John Peel Day in Amsterdam, Netherlands will be held at venue OCCII.
To hopefully keep Peel’s legacy alive performing bands are:

PRESSTERROR (14:30-15:10)
Suizidcore (speedcore/splittercore/extratone)
Gentleman from Saarbrücken, Germany with beats so fast and distorted that they turn into streams of droning glitchery bordering on pure noise. Pressterror abuses the listener with his raw, utterly violent strain of electronic music.
» listen   » website

L’OEILLERE (15:30- 16:10)
barbaric classical guitar
Frenchman living in Brussels, using an acoustic instrument that draws a variety of sounds that could turn an electric guitar green with envy.
look: video 1   video 2   » listen   » website

EL GRAN MIERCOLES (16:30-17:10)
This is Wild! This is Sexy! This is… …SURF-STEADY!!!
Four gentlemen from Valencia. Expect the best of both worlds: Augustus Pablo in Surf and The Ventures in Dub.
» Look   » listen

DJ Nightmare before, in-between and after.

Venue: OCCII
Address: Amstelveenseweg 134, 1075 XL Amsterdam, Netherlands
Open: 14:00
Entrance: 5 Euro

Sunday 13th October 2013 –

Tufflife Boogie and They Eat Culture Presents: Boogie Peel

Tuff Life Boogie Present - Boogie Peel 2013
The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston [map]

Boogie Peel: Endless Boogie, Ten Benson, Mugstar, 12 Mars Bars

In case you’re wondering, Endless Boogie qualify for Un-Peeled because they are bringing Matt Sweeney with them on third guitar (just in case they weren’t already relentless enough for ya!) and he did at least one Peel sesh with Bonnie Prince Billy and probably a few more that we don’t know about.

The band recorded two Peel sessions, in 1998, and 2000. “The Claw” reached #4 in the 1998 Festive 50, with “Evil Heat” also making the chart at #47, so they have impeccable Peel credentials.

Recorded one of the last Peel sessions in 2004 and since then have developed their sound and have become one of Britain’s best rock acts, getting more recognition abroad than they do here, although their star is rising all the time.

Mystery outfit featuring one of the few people from Preston to have made the trip Down Down to Maida Vale to record a Peel session. The clue is in the title!

Tickets: £12.00 in advance

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Friday 18th October 2013 –

The Culture Bunker #keepingitpeel

Culture Bunker - #keepingitpeel
The College Arms, 18 Store Street, London, WC1E 7DH [map]

Tying in with #keepingitpeel this night will be dedicated to the great man with Culture Bunker DJ’s playing their picks from the Festive Fifties.

The night starts at 8pm and runs to midnight. It’s free entry as ever and takes place at The College Arms, 18 Store Street, London, WC1E 7DH. Message us with requests!

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Sunday 20th October 2013 –

Tufflife Boogie Presents: ‘Folk Peel’

Tufflife Boogie Presents - Un-Peeled 2013
The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston [map]

‘Folk Peel’ – Nic Jones and Joseph Jones, Trembling Bells with Mike Heron, Emma Pollock

This is a seated gig and a terrific line-up. Tickets will go quickly so advance booking is essential.

Nic Jones is a British folk singer and guitarist. Amongst the most acclaimed artists to emerge from the British Folk Revival, his sensibility and approach to the arrangement of traditional folk songs has been a major influence on the folk scene since the early 1970’s.
Much loved by John Peel, Nic recorded 8 Peel sessions between 1972 and 1977 and his ‘Penguin Eggs’ album from 1980 regularly appears in lists of the best records of all time.

Emma Pollock was one of the two songwriters of Scottish group The Delgados, massive favourites of John Peel and his listeners, recording a mammoth 15 sessions between 1995 and 2004. The band also featured in the Festive Fifty over a dozen times, securing the number 1 slot in 1998 with ‘Pull The Wires From The Wall’.

Tickets: £15.00 in advance.

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Tuesday 22nd October 2013 –

Tufflife Boogie Present: ‘Posh Peel’

Tufflife Boogie Presents - Un-Peeled 2013
The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston [map]

‘Posh Peel’ – The Monochrome Set, Would-Be-Goods, Rapid Pig

The Monochrome Set are an English post-punk band formed in 1978, notable for its witty lyrics, the laconic delivery of lead singer Bid, and the idiosyncratically retrogressive playing style of lead guitarist Lester Square. Bid’s arch vocals gave the band a wonderful camp quality, and it was probably his lyrical smarts that alerted a young Morrissey to their presence; they were even one of his favourite groups before he formed The Smiths. Other fans include Franz Ferdinand, Iggy Pop and Graham Coxon.

Tickets: £10.00 in advance

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Thursday 24th October 2013 –

Guided Missile presents…

The Nightingales
Buffalo Bar, 259 Upper Street, Islington, London [map]

The Nightingales + King Champion Sounds

Legendary Birmingham band who were massive Peel favourites and recorded loads of sessions for John. It’s great to have them back at Guided Missile. Just a fucking amazing band.

UPDATE: Just added: TED CHIPPINGTON   info

New band from Ajay Saggar, who was previously in The Bent Moustache, Dandelion Adventure and Guided Missile Recordings’ first ever band released, Donkey.

.. and tapes of old JOHN PEEL SHOWS all night!

Tickets: £7.00 in advance.

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Friday 25th October 2013 –

John Peel Day – The Nightingales

The Nightingales
The Spa Pub, 45 Victoria Road, Scarborough, Yorkshire [map]

The Nightingales and The Crumplehorns

Celebrate John Peel Day with a free gig at The Spa Pub with Peelie’s favourite The Nightingales on Friday 25th October 2013.

UPDATE: Just added: TED CHIPPINGTON   info

Supported by Scarborough’s very own Crumplehorns who will be launching their new 7″ single!
And it’s all for charity!

Tickets: FREE ENTRY.

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Friday 25th October 2013 –

Young Hearts Run Free presents John Peel’s Shed and other treasures


Ionad an Phiarsaigh – The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, Ireland [map]

“Our next Young Hearts event will take place on Friday 25th October, 2013 in the lovely Ionad an Phiarsaigh – The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, for John Peel Day, and for the Simon Community, and it will feature awonderful theatre presentation called John Peel’s Shed, by John Osborne, which has won lots of deserved awards, The Guardian said “If you ever need to explain radio’s sustained popularity to someone, suggest they listen to John Peel’s Shed” – and John is coming over from England to do a special show for us at 8pm, and after that show, we will be repairing upstairs at 9.15pm until late, and having some performances by

Pearse McLoughlin & Justin Grounds playing Idiot Songs
Kevin Murphy (Seti the First) & Aki Aro
Radio presentation by Sounds Alive

and DJ sets by
Gavin Duffy
Peter Toomey & Daragh O’Halloran
Niall McCormack
thatboytim (Bop Gun)
Tickets are €20, and this is a very limited capacity event, so reservations should be made in advance by contacting ”

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Friday 25th October 2013 –

Clapton Hart // Keeping it Peel

The Clapton Hart, 231 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 8EG [map]

“Friday 25th October 2013 8pm-1am – ‘Clapton Hart // Keeping it Peel’: in celebration of the late great John Peel Brez Barwise AKA ‘3 plays £1’ and Clapton Hart bar staff will be hosting a Music Quiz and then playing ‘Peel-inspired picks’ on the 1s and 2s. keep yer eyes peeled for further info. #keepingitpeel”

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Saturday 26th October 2013 –

Tufflife Boogie Present: ‘Twang Club Peel’

The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston [map]

‘Twang Club Peel’: The Primitives, The Lovely Eggs + more

UPDATE: Just added: TED CHIPPINGTON   info

This all-dayer celebrates both John Peel Day and Preston’s mid- 80s indie venue The Twang Club, which regularly featured live sets from bands who’d been given air-time by Peel. Two bands who played the Twang Club – Yeah Yeah Noh and The Nightingales – are on the bill as well as The Primitives, The Lovely Eggs, the Wolfhounds and a host of others who reflect the sound of the UK 80s underground. Special guests are two much-loved Preston acts from the early 90s, Big Red Bus and Dreamland, who are both reforming to play this event.

There are two stages, one in The Continental and the other in the Pavilion Cafe, next door in Avenham Park.

Limited earlybird tickets are £10 and are from The Continental’s bar (01772 499 425) and Action Records, Preston (01772 884 772).

When these run out, remaining tickets will be £15 and will be available at the above outlets plus Preston Tourist Information (Guild Hall Box Office), and online at, and

Wristbands will be available from The Continental from 1pm on the day, and doors will open at 3pm in The Continental and 5pm in the Pavilion Cafe. Set times will be staggered between the venues, and a schedule will be posted closer to the event.

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Saturday 26th October 2013 –

Scared To Dance presents guest DJ’s Talulah Gosh & Pat Nevin

Scared To Dance
The Moustache Bar, 58 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 7XB [map]

Indiepop legends Talulah Gosh are our guest DJs at our Keeping It Peel night!
Talulah Gosh

Amelia Fletcher and co. will be hitting the decks to celebrate the release of the career spanning Was It Just A Dream? compilation. The album has 29 tracks including 4 new demo versions and is being released by Damaged Goods on double gatefold vinyl and CD.

This is part of the Keeping It Peel project who commemorate the passing of the great man each year with clubs, gigs, writers all getting involved to celebrate Peel and what he stood for. He was one of the key reasons why the club started four years ago, to offer an alternative to what was already out there, so we’re thrilled to help out.

We’ll also be joined by one of our most popular guest DJs over the years:

John Peel and Pat Nevin
The ex-Chelsea, Everton and Scotland international footballer Pat Nevin will be helping us out on the decks after Talulah Gosh’s DJ set.

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Saturday 26th October 2013 –

The Record Club – Keeping It Peel

The Kirkgate Centre, 39a Kirkgate, Shipley, Yorkshire, BD18 3RR [map]

“Keeping it Peel is a sort of John Peel Day, but with this one it isn’t about artists who performed – it’s for those who listened…

Celebrating the great man, and the joy he brought us all, on the anniversary of his death, the 25th October, the Record Club is joining in with our October Record Club event.

Regular @LyndonMarquis is in charge for the night, so leave your suggestions here or mither him directly.

Check back as we get to grips with how we’re going to run the event, and work out how you can be involved.”

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Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th October – John Peel Tribute Weekend:

Saturday 26th October -John Peel Day Tribute

The New Adelphi Club, 89 De Grey Street, Hull [map]

(Dick Gaughan, Scottish folk legend and veteran of more than a dozen John Peel sessions.)

Stars 2pm (doors)
Ticket prices for Adelphi will workout for Saturday 26th October, provisionally £3 day otd until 7pm / + £4 re-entry otd for Dick Gaughan /£10 front row Dick Gaughan seats (advance only).

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Sunday 27th October – John Peel Day Tribute

The New Adelphi Club, 89 De Grey Street, Hull [map]

New band showcase with:



Starts 2pm (doors)
Ticket prices for Sunday 27th October, a straight £3 full day ! What value with some of the regions up & coming bands & musicians.

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Sunday 27th October 2013 –

Tufflife Boogie and They Eat Culture Presents: ‘Dark Peel’

Dark Peel
The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston [map]

‘Dark Peel’ – The March Violets, Flesh For Lulu, Inca Babies, John Hyatt (3 Johns)

3 Peel sessions between 82 and 84 means March Violets are well-qualified to play ‘Un-Peeled’ and we’re delighted to have secured their only North West date on their Autumn ‘Made Glorious’ tour.

The original line-up of Nick Marsh (guitar and vocals), Rocco (Guitar), James Mitchell (drums) and Glen Mitchell (bass) took their cues from the decadence of the Velvet Underground, the savagery of The Stooges and the big slinky grooves and melodies of 70s Glitter rock. Flesh for Lulu quickly became a fixture at London’s Batcave Club, where alongside Alien Sex Fiend, Siouxsie Sioux and The Specimen, they became architects of the original Gothic Rock style. In 1982, they released an eponymous debut album and pair of singles, ‘Subterreneans’ and ‘Roman Candle’, which became staple alt-rock dancefloor fillers and recorded a session for John Peel.

Inca Babies were formed in Manchester’s infamous Hulme district in 1982 by Bill Marten (bass) and Harry Stafford (guitar, later vocals). Their music was a raunchy Death Ray twang from a punk-trash, Americana perspective. Radio 1 DJ John Peel and his producer John Walters heard the Inca’s first single The Interior and offered them a session. It was to be the first of four they did for Radio 1 between 1984-87.

John was the vocalist and main songwriter of Leeds agit-popsters The Three Johns, who were formed by John Langford of The Mekons back in 1982. One of John Peel’s favourite acts, the Johns were recording during the height of Margaret Thatcher’s Tory rebellion and were openly antagonistic to this new, conservative vision of Britain’s future. And while their elliptical and epigrammatic lyrics might not offer the sloganeering that would easily identify them as “lefties”, there were certainly enough hints dropped along the way to remove any doubt. 6 John Peel sessions cannot be argued with and the Johns played several great shows in Preston, including nights at Clouds, The Paradise Club and last year at The Continental.

Tickets: £13.00 in advance.

More info:

More info about the all the Tufflife Boogie/Un-Peeled events at New Continental, Preston can be found at:

Sunday 3rd November –

JOHN PEEL NITE with a live tribute to THE TELEVISION PERSONALITIES (by Sea Lions) and THE WEDDING PRESENT (by Heathers)

The Echo, 1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, USA, 90026 [map]

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 TELEVISION PERSONALITIES (by PTP faves, The Sea Lions) and THE WEDDING PRESENT (performed by Heathers). Secondly, you’ll get to hear ONLY Peel Sessions all nite long on the dance floor!

And make sure you tune into the PART TIME PUNKS radio show in coming weeks for a whole bunch of extremely rare Peel Sessions that have been piling up here at PTP HQ and haven’t been shared with a soul…including dozens of rare & unreleased tracks that haven’t been heard since their first airings some decades ago…

Tickets: $8-10 – Ticketfly
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Saturday 16th November –

John Peel Day Tribute

John Peel
The King William IV, 152 Hallgate, Cottingham, North Lincolnshire [map]



FREE ENTRY – Event starts at 1pm.

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