John Peel Day

By Rob Last edited 161 months ago
John Peel Day

The Guardian reports today:

A year after the untimely death of John Peel, the legendary DJ is to be commemorated in true rock 'n' roll style with a day of gigs across the UK.

John Peel Day will be held on October 13 and is the brainchild of Peel's colleagues at BBC Radio 1, in consultation with his wife Sheila Ravenscroft, who wanted to find an appropriate way of celebrating his life and 40-year contribution to music and broadcasting.

Radio 1 bosses are hoping that venues across the UK, from big concert halls to small clubs, will organise gigs as part of a day-long music festival.

This is great news, and it gets better: "the station is planning a major gig in London for what it hopes will become an annual event," and "it is hoped that it will not just be the big-name promoters and bands taking part".

Oh dear God, please let them get this right.

And haven't The Fall got a new album out in October? Great stuff.

Visit the John Peel Day website here.

Last Updated 23 August 2005