The iconic yellow & blue canopy aptly named the John Peel Stage continues its commitment and passion for new music today as strongly as ever. And like John, has made an indelible
mark on new music culture, being the early champion of so many artists. Every genre welcome, every genre celebrated.
This stage entered the world as The New Bands Tent aka New Bands. It was when the Festival’s dear friend departed this world in 2004 it was universally decided to honour the
festival by using his name for this stage.
Just like the man himself, the John Peel Stage presents a mix of new acts, those who are just breaking through alongside those who have been long established. Because it’s in a tent the atmosphere is something truly special – the intimacy of a club, gets you closer to the artists.
It’s addictive, come down and chances are you‘ll stay for more than one act.
Key highlights since 2004
Too many to mention but these will be long remembered. Mumford & Sons outstanding performance in 2010 before they went galactic, In 2009 Bruce Springsteen, surprised a packed tent to perform alongside Gaslight Anthem. The same year Florence And the Machine not only stunned a rapturous crowd with their performance, but as Florence ascended the lighting-rig, mouths dropped, hearts beat faster and they knew they were witnessing something special.
So I guess with John Peel you can always expect a mix of new and iconic artists, a few surprises, a few one offs, and because it’s in a tent, you get an amazing atmosphere. Hot, sweaty and full of energy. By far my favourite festival stage – anywhere.
Add in historic performances from The XX, The Black Keys, Wild Beasts, Cribbs, Spiritualized, The Kills, Hot Chip, Calvin Harris, The Gossip you can that John Peel stage is not one to miss.