John Peel, who died in 2004

Football and music will go hand in hand in Liverpool when the organisers behind the annual music festival Sound City hold a World Cup-style tournament in memory of the late Radio One DJ John Peel.

Twelve five-a-side football teams made up of celebrities, bands, and city dwellers will battle it out next month in The John Peel World Cup.

The idea was first initiated by Phil Hayes and Peter Hooton, who is a member of local band The Farm and the Liverpool supporters union, The Spirit of Shankly.

Hooton said: “The John Peel World Cup is a fantastic way to enjoy John’s great loves of football and music and the city.  The tournament is great fun but it’s also for a top cause and everyone takes it seriously once they’re on the pitch.  It’s certainly a laugh watching bands take a lump out of each other.”

Wirral-born music broadcaster Peel was a passionate supporter of Liverpool FC, who often discussed football matters on air, as well as homegrown bands and music. He died from a heart attack at the age of 65 while on holiday in Peru in October 2004.

For the third annual John Peel World Cup all proceeds from the tournament will go to the British Heart Foundation, which is the nominated charity for Peel’s family.

The event takes place on the afternoon of Wednesday 19 May at Powerleague Liverpool in Whittle Street from 1pm.

The John Peel World Cup is being held on the opening day of the Sound City music festival, with an evening celebration event planned at the o2 Academy in Hotham Street, where the winners will collect their medals onstage and bath in pink champagne as special guests The Fall provide the music.

Sound City is running for four days across 35 stages until Saturday 22 May. The line-up for this year’s festival includes Gil Scott-Heron, Paloma Faith, Ian McCulloch, Delphic, The Maccabees, Afrika Bambaataa, Speech Debelle, Wild Beasts, Field Music, Los Campesinos, The Blackout, Wave Machines, The Sunshine Underground, Hot Club de Paris, Ian McNabb and Chilly Gonzalez.

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