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Pick of the week: Peel at the Picket

It's three years since the untimely death of the veteran Radio One DJ, but the memories are alive and kicking in Liverpool, writes Ben Patey

Published on October 9th 2007.


Pick of the week: Peel at the Picket

Who can believe it's three years since the night-time airwaves lost all reason to be cheerful for at least a couple of generations of music lovers?

But three years it is, and to commemorate the untimely passing of Wirral-born John Peel, there are events going on all over the country, Liverpool being at the forefront.

Football and music, synonymous with this city, were two of Peel's greatest passions.

And Liverpool held a special place in John life too. He supported the Reds, two of his children attended Liverpool University and, of course, he provided the first national platform for many of the city's finest bands on his Radio One show - Echo and the Bunnymen, The Farm and Frankie Goes To Hollywood among them.

The Picket also shares a special history with the DJ, Peel having broadcast live from The (old) Picket in 1999. More recently than that, he played at Chibuku, one of the best dance nights in the country.

With all this in mind, there’s not only going to be a John Peel memorial concert this Thursday, where Liverpool’s new musical talent will be showcased, but also a football tournament where teams will compete for the coveted John Peel Memorial Trophy up in Kirkby.

With veteran bands such as The Farm and Shack competing for the silverware it promises to be a leisurely afternoon. However the potential tie that really has the pundits licking their lips in anticipation is the city council’s very own “Culture Vultures” versus “England Homeless World Veterans”, representing the Big Issue. And it’s free to watch the action.

With John Peel being the musical doyen that he was, it was only right that a concert was organised too. This will take place at The New Picket, off Parliament Street, where the winners from the footballl will be presented with their trophies and medals whilst the losers can ease their aching joints whilst listening to new Liverpool acts Aspen Grove, Off Target, Chelle Strahan and the hotly tipped Clockwork, whose boss Rob Swerdlow previously managed Liverpool leg-ends Cast and the La’s.

On top of this, some of John’s favourites bands and tunes will be pumped out - expect a bit of Joy Division, The Pistols The Clash. Of course, you’re all invited and tickets are a bargain £4. Get yourself down!

*The 3rd Annual John Peel Memorial Trophy six-a-side competition, Liverpool FC’s Academy, Simonswood Lane/Arbour Lane, Kirkby, Thursday 11th October. 12 Noon – 5pm

*Presentation of trophy and medals + live acts, New Picket, 61 Jordan Street, Thursday 11th October. 8pm. £4

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DaveyOctober 9th 2007.

I felt that as long as there were a John Peel show on Radio One there was some thing, some goal to aim for if you were in a little unsigned band. Doesn't matter that there are still other shows doing what he did, in the loosest sense. If Peel said you were good then it counted, you felt you really might have a chance of getting your music appreciated by people who should be appreciating it. It wasn't about celebrity or the shallowness of the X Factor. The day Peel went was the day a lot of the interest went in producing/seeking out truly innovative music.

A. E. ScousemanOctober 9th 2007.

Will the Culture Vultures have champagne and canapés at half-time at COuncil Tax-payers' expense whilst the Big Issue players have to suck secondhand lemons?

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