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John Peel Centre

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Church Walk
Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom

A vibrant arts centre based in Stowmarket, in the heart of Suffolk and just 5 minutes walk from the Norwich-Ipswich-London railway line.

We take pride in hosting a variety of original music, from established acts to emerging talent. We also host poetry, film, theatre, and comedy.

In addition the centre is offered for hire to members of the public, to run their own events. Our licensed bar serves soft drinks, wines, spirits, Adnams, and Aspall.

January 2020

Argh Kid

January 29 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
John Peel Centre, Church Walk
Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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ARGH KiD is an English alternative hip hop band from Manchester, led by the MC/Poet David Scott. With an eclectic approach to hip hop featuring a live musicians to provide a backdrop to life in austerity UK, with all it flaws and lingering beauty. His first two singles ‘Frank’ and ‘Neighbours‘ were met with critical acclaim and support from industry big hitters such as Chris Evans, Janice Long, John Kennedy to name but a few. Their live shows are a…

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Thy Last Drop

January 30 @ 7:30 pm
John Peel Centre, Church Walk
Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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Victorian murderpunk/vagabond folk quartet from Bury St Edmunds, Thy Last Drop have performed at the John Peel Centre a number of times, and always provide a superb evening of entertainment. It is impossible to stay still listening to their music! Expect macabre tales set to foot-stomping folk with a touch of cabaret!

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Funk and the Two Tone Baby

January 31 @ 7:30 pm
John Peel Centre, Church Walk
Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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February 2020

The Karpets

February 1 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
John Peel Centre, Church Walk
Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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The Karpets are an Inspiral Carpets tribute band, but a tribute band with a difference: their lead singer Tom Hingley was actually the lead singer with Inspiral Carpets from 1989-2011. Tom sang on all the Inspirals chart hits, including This is How it Feels, Saturn Five, Dragging Me Down, I Want You, She Comes in the Fall and all the songs on the bands four Major label albums – Life (1990) The Beast Inside (1991) Revenge of the Goldfish (1992)…

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Comedy Night

February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
John Peel Centre, Church Walk
Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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Featuring: Rob Deering, Huge Davies, Matt Hutson, Chris Betts

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Strawbs Acoustic

February 8 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
John Peel Centre, Church Walk
Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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Strawbs return to the John Peel Centre on their 50th Anniversary Tour

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The Whole Shebang

February 14 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
John Peel Centre, Church Walk
Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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Open Mic Night

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Catfish

February 21 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
John Peel Centre, Church Walk
Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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After a successful show here at the John Peel Centre early in 2019, Catfish return to Stowmarket. UK and British Blues Award winners Catfish have carved a reputation for themselves as an excellent live band with a phenomenal frontman in 25 year old guitarist/vocalist Matt Long who plays with a real passion for the blues. In 2016 they won a British Blues Award and in 2018 won the UK Blues Award for Blues Act of the Year (England). Two of…

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For The Hornets +…

February 28
John Peel Centre, Church Walk
Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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+ Pink Lemonade + Killatrix + Bag of Cans

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March 2020

Martin Simpson

March 13 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
John Peel Centre, Church Walk
Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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“Martin Simpson has transcended borders and oceans to quietly become a superb storyteller and musician of great depth and unquestionable taste.” – Stephen Fearing The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing. “What’s it like being the best guitar player in the world…?” Martin’s modesty and…

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Ian McNabb

March 20 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
John Peel Centre, Church Walk
Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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In 1981, Ian formed The Icicle Works with Chris Sharrock (drums), and Chris Layhe (bass and vocals). They quickly gained a following through their debut single release, Nirvana, and extensive live performances up and down the country. The Icicle Works became part of the Liverpool renaissance movement of the eighties, alongside acts such as Echo And The Bunnymen, The Teardrop Explodes, WAH!, Heat, OMD, Black, Dead Or Alive, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, The Lotus Eaters, and China Crisis. They signed…

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The Vinyl Lounge

March 28
John Peel Centre, Church Walk
Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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Comedy Night

March 29
John Peel Centre, Church Walk
Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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April 2020

Mark Thomas

April 7 @ 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
John Peel Centre, Church Walk
Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1ET United Kingdom
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