Challenge 81 at The John Peel Centre Update


The John Peel Centre is absolutely thrilled with the support it has received for its Challenge 81 fundraising campaign.

Sunday 30th August 2020 was what would have been the legendary DJ, John Peel’s 81st birthday and in celebration the Directors, employees and volunteers of the centre undertook a range of fundraising activities connected to John Peel, 81 and the work of the John Peel Centre. 

The activities included 81 Minutes of Music broadcast on the centre’s YouTube page (which turned out to be 208 minutes of music because so many great artists wanted to get involved!) and saw 2.2k people tuning in within the first 24hours of being online.

So far, the Challenge 81 campaign has helped the John Peel Centre raise some much-needed funds to help secure its future but it’s not over yet! 

The centre is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for a very exciting event to be hosted at the Stowmarket venue.  On the 18th September, 50 years after his death, the centre will be screening the Joe Boyd produced A Film About Jimi Hendrix – prior to the Hendrix project Boyd was the music director of Warner Bros.

The screening will be followed by a Zoom Q&A with the director himself.  Made shortly after Jimi Hendrix’ death, this documentary explores the brief life and remarkable legacy of the legendary guitarist and this event provides a unique opportunity to speak directly to the man responsible for the film.  

Tickets for this unmissable event are just £20 and include a complimentary drink. Tickets are limited due to social distancing measures and are available

Donations to the  JPC Challenge 81 campaign can be made via Crowdfunder here:

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