Epic John Peel Norwich gig expected to leave a legacy for thousands

Arts centre bosses insist tonight's celebration of renowned DJ John Peel will leave a legacy by encouraging thousands of people to make the most of their talent.

The Fall, The Undertones, Norwich-based Bearsuit and Dingus Khan will appear at Epic, in Magdalen Street, Norwich, for a sell-out fundraiser for the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts.

It is hoped that between �10,000 and �12,000 will be raised from the evening to help the Stowmarket centre, established in memory of renowned DJ John Peel, who died aged 65 in 2004.

All four bands have waived their fees for tonight's gig to ensure as much cash as possible is donated to the cause.

Andrew Stringer, chairman of the John Peel centre, said the cash will help pay for a new dancefloor, which will free-up money in the future to encourage people to fulfil their potential.

Mr Stringer said people attending tonight's gig will not only enjoy the bands, but will also 'leave a legacy for thousands to have a great time at the centre'.

He said: 'It will also allow bands and acts just starting out – and those yet to form – the chance to flourish. We aim to carry on the tradition that John created to allow talent the space to shine.

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'The gig is absolutely wonderful and a huge shot in the arm for us. People dancing in Norfolk will help get a new dance floor for a building in Suffolk.

'It's going to be a major push forward for the project and it will mean we will have money to spend on events in our building and spread the music – which is what John was all about.'

On the line-up for the fundraiser, Mr Stringer added: 'It's rather wonderful that we have people John helped to further their careers and they are helping to pay back into the project, which will help other people's careers.'

The gig takes place on the eve of the first John Peel Festival of New Music, which has been included in this year's Norwich Sound and Vision (NSV) line-up. The idea has received the blessing of Mr Peel's widow, Sheila Ravenscroft.

Tom Barker, vice-chairman of the centre, added: 'Having some of John's favourite headline bands coming together to support us is truly amazing.'

NSV returns for its third year tomorrow and will welcome more than 100 bands and 60 speakers during its three days.

Norwich Arts Centre is also featuring work from the team behind the John Peel Archive throughout NSV and until November 10, daily between 10am and 6pm with free entry.

Meanwhile, former Ash guitarist Charlotte Hatherley revealed yesterday that she will be performing at NSV.

The singer-songwriter will appear at the Norwich Arts Centre from 9.20pm with her latest project, Sylver Tongue.

Tickets can be purchased for individual events. A three-day music wristband costs �35 and a full-delegate pass gaining you access to every event costs �80.


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