A special musical event is being organised to celebrate the life of John Peel and raise funds for Diabetes UK, nearly five years since the legendary DJ passed away. John had Type 2 diabetes and died of a heart attack in 2004.
The event, 'John Peel Day', is to be held at the Night & Day Café in Manchester on Saturday 10 October, and will feature a diverse line-up of bands, including a variety of acts whose musical lives have been enriched by John.
All proceeds from the night will be split between Diabetes UK and the Musicians Benevolent Fund, raising money for charities which John would have cared about.
As part of Arab Strap, Malcolm recorded four Peel Sessions and has since gone on to solo success of his own.
A John Peel favourite, Sky Larkin fully sum up the energy and raw indie pop roots of listening to a Peel show.
Another John Peel favourite, The Loves recorded four Peel Sessions, including one on Valentine’s Day at Peel Acres where they ate heart-shaped pizzas.
Sweet Baboo has been quietly building a reputation with his darkly comical brand of bittersweet, acoustic alt country.
Marc has helped to curate the evening and will be the compére. He'll also play a few DJ sets throughout the night. Marc said: "John Peel Day is not only a celebration of John’s life – but also of great music, whilst raising money for worthy causes what more could you ask for?"
Improving the lives of people with diabetes
Ellie Wood, Events Manager at Diabetes UK, said: "We are delighted and very grateful that half the proceeds of the evening will go to Diabetes UK. Events like this help Diabetes UK to continue working to improve the lives of people with diabetes."