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A song by one of legendary DJ John Peel’s favourite bands has inspired a new live music night at a Suffolk venue.

The John Peel Centre in Stowmarket will launch ‘Rebellious Jukebox’ on Friday to give a spotlight for up-and-coming local and regional performers.

It is inspired by the song of the same name by 1970s punk band The Fall, who were a favourite of Suffolk DJ John Peel.

The night was inspired by a song by 1970s band 'The Fall'. Picture: Barny Cutter
The night was inspired by a song by 1970s band 'The Fall'. Picture: Barny Cutter

The first ‘Rebellious Jukebox’ event on Friday will be headlined by Cambridge indie-punk duo, Collars.

From his epic career with Radio 1 to his hugely popular Radio 4 show Home Truths, John Peel was renowned for not only his ability to encourage music from unlikely sources, but bands that went on to great success.

After winning BurySOUND 2022, Dan and Kane Goldstein from Collars, have gone on to create a more mature sound, informed by pop and punk elements. Driven by urgent riffs and indie melodies, their music transports us back to 90s wholesome indie.

John Peel Centre have announced a new gig night. Picture: John Peel Centre
John Peel Centre have announced a new gig night. Picture: John Peel Centre

The main support act is Vanity Fairy with her disco style.

Despite being based in Diss, Vanity Fairy’s shimmering falsetto can send her listeners back to the hedonistic charm of 1970s America.

The opening act for the first ever ‘Rebellious Jukebox’ is returning indie rock band, Substation.

The young group are renowned for their moving lyrics, written by lead singer Lily Spooner.

Vanity Fairy will be performing on the night. Picture: John Peel Centre
Vanity Fairy will be performing on the night. Picture: John Peel Centre

In 2019, Substation visited the BBC Introducing studio where they impressed JPC regulars and new listeners alike.

This will be their second gig at the venue, having previously played at one of the ‘Emerge’ nights which showcases new up-and-coming acts.

Head over to the John Peel Centre online, or call the box office on 01449 774678 to find out more.

Collars are set to headline. Picture: Mark Howe.
Collars are set to headline. Picture: Mark Howe.

Tickets for the first Rebellious Jukebox are £5 in advance or £8 on the door.

By Zoë Hardy