In early October 1984, Peel chose all the bands for an ICA Rock Week[1] event at the Institute Of Contemporary Arts in central London, with all the performances recorded for broadcast on his or Janice Long's programmes. The advance publicity for the event proclaimed, "John Peel is putting the fun back into being pretentious" - this echoing a line from the 1984 Festive Fifty track, 'Bias Binding' by Yeah Yeah Noh, one of Peel's favourite new bands, who played the opening show. ("Gonna put the fun back into being pretentious/ Yeah Yeah Noh, so full of ourselves...")

One of the more notorious sets during the week was SPK's, which ended in a riot (see NME report). Peel had apparently already left when the trouble started.


(from 20 September 1984 show)

Peel show broadcasts

(Dates from Garner p. 227)


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