John Peel Day Events – 2014


Before #KeepingItPeel on October 25th, the John Peel Day/Night events.

These are live shows which feature performances by bands who recorded a Peel Session, or were played on his show.

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


Thursday 9th October 2014

Glossop Record Club : JOHN PEEL NIGHT


Glossop Record Club returns on Thursday 9th October for JOHN PEEL NIGHT, curated and hosted by record club regulars Gavin Hogg and Steve McNamee.

We’ll be playing two albums in full – Grotesque by perennial Peel favourites The Fall, and the winner of the poll (see below). There are ten albums to choose from – Ivor Cutler, Captain Beefheart, Half Man Half Biscuit, Cocteau Twins, The Wedding Present, The Undertones, Joy Division, Misty In Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain and The White Stripes. That’s quite a choice. We’ll also be playing a specially compiled tape of Peel show highlights and sessions. And as ever, bring along any Peel related records you wish to share.

» More info

Saturday 11th October 2014 –

Mary Anne Hobbs with Brix Smith Start, Steve Hanley and Marc Riley.

Mary Anne Hobbs

30 years since the release of The Fall’s album, The Wonderful and Frightening World Of The Fall, three former members of the band will be sharing their memories of that time with Mary Anne.

» More info

Brix Smith Start: Life In The Fall

Brix Smith
“Former Fall member Brix Smith Start describes what it was like to be in Britain’s most notorious band. She was also married to Mark E Smith don’t forget.”

Monday 13th October 2014 –

BBC Music John Peel Lecture 2014 with Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop

The ‘Godfather of punk’, Iggy Pop, delivers the BBC Music John Peel Lecture 2014 at the Radio Festival in Salford. Ahead of his lecture, he’ll also be joining Shaun Keaveny at 6 Music Breakfast this morning to chat more about it. And the speech will be broadcast on BBC Four on Sunday 19 October at 8pm.

» More info

Tuesday 14th October 2014 –

BBC Radio 1’s Stories: How John Peel Changed My Life

John Peel

For this Radio 1 Story, which marks ten years since John Peel’s last show on Radio 1, Phil Taggart sits down for a round table discussion with Rob da Bank, Annie Mac, Annie Nightingale and Huw Stephens, to reflect on Peel’s life and delve into the Radio 1 archives.

» More info

October 25th: Radio Stradbroke:

“On #keepingitpeel Day 2014, Richard Pierce will, in the spirit of John Peel, be playing new music, as well as some of his favourite tracks from John Peel shows of the past.”

October 26th: Point FM:

Lol Walters will be presenting a show dedicated to John Peel. Listen in on Point FM between 4 – 7pm.

            JOHN PEEL DAY EVENTS 2014:

Thursday 9th October 2014 –

Spinningchilli presents – John Peel Night Brighton

John Peel Night Brighton
The Green Door Store, Trafalgar Arches, Lower Goods Yard, Underneath Brighton Station [map]

John Peel Night 2014 with Vic Godard & Subway Sect, The Cravats & The Fallen Leaves

Our 5th Peel night celebrating the life of DJ John Peel (30th August 1939 – 25th October 2004). This event marks 10 years since the great man died.

Subway Sect first played at the 100 Club Punk Festival in 1976 and recorded two Peel sessions. Vic Godard (often named ‘the greatest living Englishman by former Fall member and DJ Marc Riley) continued making music throughout the decades. Recent LP, ’30 Odd Years,’ with influences from northern soul to punk, has received great reviews. Current line-up includes Vic Godard, Mark Braby, Kev Younger, Yusuf Blayachi & Ian Holford (The Sexual Objects/Nectarine No.9).

Formed in 1977, The Cravats recorded four Peel sessions, aswell as two more when they morphed into The Very Things. Still fronted by The Shend, original sax player Svor Naan plus Viscount Biscuits, Joe 91 and Rampton Garstang.

West London garage group The Fallen Leaves, featuring former members of Subway Sect, started up the same year Peelie died and we’re sure he would’ve loved them. They’ve made three LPs, gigged around the UK, Europe and USA. Don’t miss them if you’re a Billy Childish or Subway Sect fan.

Compere for this event will be Lee McFadden from Alternative TV.

» Advanced tickets

» Facebook Event Page

Wednesday 22nd October 2014 –

John Peel Always Missed Never The Same

The Nightingales
The Dublin Castle, Camden, London [map]

John Peel Always Missed Never The Same……The Nightingales

The legendary post punk Country & Midlands fronted by Robert Lloyd have just produced ‘For Fuck’s Sake’ a vinyl only LP you can buy at gigs only.

Let’s hope they’ve had some more pressed up for this John Peel Tribute Show…lots more sparkling talent TBA…

Doors from 7.15
£12 on the door
£10 in advance

» Advanced tickets

» Bugbear Bookings > Dublin Castle

Thursday 23rd October 2014 –

John Peel Session Night [in aid of Shelter]

John Peel Session Night
Blackfriars, 57-61 Blackfriars St, Edinburgh [map]

Music broadcasting lost the most earnest, righteous and influential champion of all – John Peel – 10 years ago this month.

To celebrate his life, influence and legacy Blackfriars will be hosting an evening to raise money for one of John’s favourite causes – Shelter.

For nearly four decades of broadcasting on BBC Radio One, until his untimely death on a working holiday in Peru on October 25th, John fought tirelessly against playlists and restrictions to engage up and coming artists with his listeners.

His brain child to overcome this initial hurdle in 1967 was the now legendary “John Peel Session”; with only three hours of peak air-time on Radio One permitted to play pre-recorded records, John would recruit artists to record a live session at BBC Maida Vale Studios.

This exposure, inspiration and experience was invaluable to arguably all of the 2000 artists who recorded 4000 sessions for John over the decades.

As part of the John Peel Day celebrations over the weekend, we can’t think of a better way to open proceedings than a no-fuss night with some of the finest Peel Sessions on shuffle and to share a drink and your memories of the great man with like-minded listeners.

Shelter were a charity that John regularly supported throughout his life and we’ll be accepting donations throughout the evening in various guises to their cause – please give generously.

During the evening we’ll be pouring a beer I made/watched Johnny make on the The Hanging Bat Brew Co’s Alpha Project kit.
All profit from “The John Peel Session IPA” (including raffle of VERY limited bottles) will go to the cause.
There will also be some special memorabilia available with the fantastic artwork from GJ Dunbar Illustration.

» Facebook event page

Friday 24th October 2014 –

Small World Music Collective presents – Scarborough John Peel Day

The Corporation Club, Dean Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire [map]

The legendary Nightingales return to headline Scarborough’s John Peel Day gig.

We’re Keeping It Peel 10 years after. Come and join us!

Supports include Ted Chippington, The Sub-Gents, Crumplehorns and Lottie Holmes. Plus Tamla/punk/glam sounds!

Promoted by Small World Music Collective, a not-for-profit group which aims to bring together and promote original local music together for gigs, events and CD releases.

Children and well behaved grown-ups welcome 🙂

OH, and it’ll also be Crumplehorns new 7″ single launch!

Under 16s free.
» Advanced tickets

» Facebook Event Page

Saturday 25th October 2014

Scared To Dance – Keeping It Peel

Scared To Dance - 25th October 2014

Saturday 25th October
10pm to 3am
Moustache Bar, 58 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 7XB

// INFO //

It’s our 100th club night so come out to dance and help us celebrate! This night is part of Keeping It Peel so expect a few of his favourite songs thrown into the mix. To get in on our cheaplist simply join the Facebook event.



Our guest DJs are Roxanne Clifford and Patrick Doyle from the band Veronica Falls. They’ve DJed for us on three occasions and they’ve always played fantastic sets that have got the dancefloor bouncing! Song requests are welcome so send them in.

// MUSIC //

Allo Darlin’ . The Beach Boys . The Beatles . Belle and Sebastian . Blondie . David Bowie . Camera Obscura . The Clash . The Cure . Depeche Mode . Dexys Midnight Runners . The Fall . Felt . Gang Of Four . Hefner . The Jam . The Jesus and Mary Chain . Joy Division . The Kinks . Kraftwerk . Jens Lekman . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . Neutral Milk Hotel . Orange Juice . The Pains of Being Pure at Heart . The Pastels . Pixies . Pulp . Ramones . Jonathan Richman . The Shop Assistants . Shrag . Simon & Garfunkel . Slow Club . The Smiths . Standard Fare . Sweet Baboo . Talking Heads . Talulah Gosh . Teleman . Tigercats . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Veronica Falls . Voxtrot . The Wave Pictures . Wire . Withered Hand


We’ll be projecting Good Vibrations about the record shop owner Terri Hooley who released John Peel’s favourite single “Teenage Kicks” by The Undertones.


You can get in for the members price of £4 by joining the event or emailing us in advance. The non-members price is £6.

// LINKS //

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Mixcloud –

Saturday 25th October 2014

The Clapton Hart presents KEEPING IT PEEL

Saturday 25th October 2014 –

Bomb The Twist presents Keeping It Peel

Bomb The Twist presents John Peel Day
Jumbo Records, 5/6 St Johns Centre, Leeds [map]

“Bomb the Twist are celebrating John Peel day with a live musical tribute on the 10th anniversary of his death.

A number of local acts will be performing a selection of Peel favourites for your listening pleasure.

Join us for an afternoon of musically diverse, chaotic and unpredictable Peelstyle fun.

3.30pm on Saturday 25th October instore at Jumbo Records
5/6 St Johns Centre, Leeds”

» Facebook event page.

Saturday 25th October 2014 –

Keeping It Peel!

Keeping It Peel - The Dove and Rainbow - Sheffield
The Dove & Rainbow, Heartshead Square, Sheffield [map]

“Ten years since the passing of the greatest dj to ever hit the airwaves. This saturday Andy Roberts will be playing 100% John Peel Session tracks at The Dove And Rainbow Sheffield. Come and get your Teenage Kicks”

This saturday we’re doing something a little different. It’s 10 years since the great man John Peel died, the man who bought us The Peel Sessions, The man who made SO many bands famous, The man who made BBC radio what it should be, not what it is. The man who advocated punk, rock & metal. As a result, & in conjunction with venues around the world, every single track throughout the night will be a Peel Session track! Come along, relive your youth, discover what led to what you like. You’ll be surprised how many tracks & bands you know & love!

» Facebook event page.

Saturday 25th October 2014 –


Peel Regenerated - Stockton
The Georgian Theatre, Stockton and The Green Rooms, Stockton-On-Tees.

PEEL REGENERATED is a music festival commemorating the 10th Anniversary of John Peel’s passing.

The gigs are taking place at the Georgian Theatre and The Green Room in Stockton on Tees on Saturday, 25th October featuring 12 bands most of whom played Peel Sessions on his show.”

We are doing these gigs in association with SHELTER – the housing and homeless charity. You can read more about them here:

» Advanced Tickets

The full-line up is as as follows:

The Georgian Theatre:

The Nightingales 10.50 – 11.50pm
Blue Orchids 9.05 – 9.50pm
Inca Babies 7.30 – 8.10pm
The Wolfhounds 6 – 6.45pm
A Witness 4.55 – 5.25pm
Pellethead 3.40 – 4.15pm

The Green Room:

Eton Crop 10 – 10.45pm
Terry & Gerry 8.20 – 9pm
Terry Edwards (Gallon Drunk) 6.50 – 7.20pm
Ted Chippington 5.30 – 6.00pm
The Great Leap Forward 4.20 – 4.50pm
The Crumplehorns 3.05 – 3.35pm

» Facebook Event Page

Sunday 26th October 2014

John Peel Centre – Dick Gaughan

Dick Gaughan
John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, Church Walk, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 [map]

“On the 26th of October the John Peel Centre will be hosting a performance by Dick Gaughan a singer songwriter John described as one of the 6 great voices in music, tickets are a steal at £8.00.

Sheila is planning to be there and we look forward to a memorable gig.”

» Event Page

» Tickets

Monday 27th October 2014 –

John Peel Celebration Evening

Oct 27th - John Peel Celebration
The Vaults, 16 Castle Gates, Shrewsbury [map]

It’s 10 years this month since the respected and celebrated DJ John Peel passed away.To mark the occasion one of his favourite bands, Nightingales, and his favourite comedian, Ted Chippington , play the Vaults as part of a short European/UK tour. Nightingales recorded more sessions than other band apart from the Fall – from the late Seventies as The Prefects and later as The Nightingales. Their music has been compared to Captain Beefheart and Faust among others.

Supported by the peerless Ted Chippington , a massive influence on many comics who followed him from the Mid-Eighties onwards.

Entry £6
Doors 7-30.
» Advanced tickets

» Facebook Event Page

Friday 7th November 2014 –

Always Different, Always The Same – A John Peel Disco

Always Different Always The Same - A John Peel Disco
Canterbury Arms, Canterbury Crescent, Brixton SW9 [map]

Here’s the third of our one-off nights at the Canterbury Arms.

Always Different, Always The Same – A John Peel Disco

To mark ten years since John Peel’s untimely passing, we present an evening dedicated to his fearless, adventurous spirit. Our playlist for the night will consist exclusively of songs that featured in one of the Festive Fifty end of year charts. This can be from any year – dating back to 1976 when the Festive Fifty was a list of the Peel listeners’ all-time favourite songs right up to the final Festive Fifty to run before John’s death in 2004 – and from any genre. So expect anything and everything, played in any order, and at whatever speed feels appropriate at the time.

Guest DJ: Daniel Novakovic (So Tough So Cute)

Friday November 7th
Canterbury Arms, Canterbury Crescent, Brixton SW9
9pm-2.30am. £6. £5 members list. £4 HDIF members.
To join the members list, email

» More info.

Saturday 15th November 2014 –

John Peel Tribute Day

John Peel Day
Imperial Music Bar, 22 Hope Street, Filey, North Yorkshire [map]

John Peel Day 2014

Enjoy a day for brilliant music and help raise funds for Filey Folk Festival 2015.
12:30pm until midnight.

17 acts including:

The Birdman Rallies
Crooked Weather
Morning Bride
Tim Moon
Carrie Martin
Tim O’Connor’s Ant Farm Collective
Karl Senior
Loop Cycle
Joe Solo
Steve Chapman Smith
Simon M Muir
Dennis Caruana
Ramshackle Shantymen


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