THURSDAY 12th OCTOBER 2006 – JOHN PEEL DAY 2006.
(Football Tournament details below).
Liverpool honours legendary DJ at the ‘new’ Picket in Liverpool’s Independent District.
Featuring Pete Wylie and the Mighty Wah!
With DJ. Stormin’ Normin’
Doors 8pm till 2am. £8 + b.f. available online at ticketmaster and ticketline
JOHN PEEL MEMORIAL TROPHY.
The competing teams.
The Farm-Liverpool band, The Deltasonic label- Liverpool record label, home to the Coral/the Zutons, Cream- Liverpool’s world renowned club and promoters, Medication Club- Liverpool club night promoters, Elevator
Recording Studios- Cup Holders and Liverpool recording studio, Robot Records-Liverpool record label, The Picket/Africa Oye- Liverpool venue and Festival Organisers, Ravenscroft Stanley-John and Sheila’s sons team, The
Dry Bar-Liverpool Young Promoters group, The Friday Foundry, LIPA-‘Macca’s’ Fame School, Groundpig-Liverpool band.
VENUE: Liverpool Football Club Academy, Simonswood Lane/Arbour Lane,
Kirkby, Merseyside.Tel.0151-477-3030. Thursday 12th October 2006. Kick off @ 12.00 noon to finish at 5pm.
FREE: MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE TOURNAMENT.
PRESENTATION AND FESTIVITIES.
Sheila Ravenscroft- John’s widow-will present the winners with the trophy at the new Picket later in the evening at an event to honour John that will see Pete Wylie and the Mighty Wah plus special guests perform. DJ Stormin’
Normin’ will be playing music from Liverpool bands, Peel Faves and classics. 8pm start, Tickets £8.00 + booking fee, available online at Ticketweb and Ticketline.
WHY A LIVERPOOL JOHN PEEL DAY?
Liverpool held a special place in John Peel’s life. It was his spiritual hometown; his passion for Liverpool Football Club was immense.
He featured many ‘Scouse’ bands in session on his Radio One show: Frankie goes to Hollywood, Echo and the Bunnymen, Pete Wylie and the Mighty Wah, the Lotus Eaters, Teardrop Explodes, Half Man/Half Biscuit, The Farm,
Ladytron, The High Five, Cook da Books, Personal Column, Dead or Alive, Personal Column, Come in Tokyo, China Crisis and many others.
His 2nd favourite song, after ‘Teenage Kicks’ by the Undertones of course, was “Does this train stop on Merseyside”, written by another Liverpool band, Amsterdam. A song that moved John to tears.
Two of John’s kids attended University in Liverpool and they loved their time in the city. He was a great friend of Liverpool music venue the Picket, supporting its campaign against closure by writing to Tessa Jowell
MP the Government’s Culture Secretary in protest at the closure of the music facility in 2005.
He provided his services free to produce a radio advert to publicise the Picket and attended the official opening of the Picket in 1996 as guest of honour. After the ceremony John was presented with a framed photograph of
Bill Shankly the legendary Liverpool FC manager, which proudly hangs on the wall in the kitchen of his Suffolk home, ‘Peel Acres’.
One of John’s proudest moments was when he carried Mr. Shankly’s bag, coming off a flight after returning from a European game. He also broadcast his Radio One programme live from the Picket in October 1999 presenting
local band Ooberman in concert. The gig was broadcast as part of Radio One’s Sound City Festival. More recently John ‘Deejayed’ at Chibuku, one of the best dance nights in the city, that has helped to put Liverpool
clubbing back on the map.
In John’s home studio there is a photograph of Kenny Daglish on the wall with the inscription “God-a likeness”.
“I’m fabulously lucky, I’ve got everything I wanted as a kid – a house in the country, an outstanding wife, really great children and a job on the radio, if I drop dead tomorrow, I’ll have nothing to complain about – except that there’ll be another Fall album out next year.” John Peel.
More info. about Radio One’s John Peel Day events are @ bbc.co.uk/keeping it peel
HOW TO FIND THE NEW PICKET.
Landmark: Look for Cains Brewery, (formerly Higsons- on Parliament Street) close to the River Mersey. Approaching the River, turn right at the traffic lights onto Jamaica Street, and then second left into New Bird Street, the entrance to the venue is located on New Bird Street. Tel: 0151 708 6789.
For a virtual tour of the Picket in Liverpool’s Independent District go to www.loveliverpool.com
For further information about the Picket and it’s contribution to Liverpool’s Music and Cultural history please goes to www.savethepicket.com