Peel Day tribute announced
RADIO 1 have announced a John Peel Day to celebrate the life of the visionary Suffolk DJ.Gigs will take place across the UK in as many venues as possible under the banner of Peel Day.
RADIO 1 have announced a John Peel Day to celebrate the life of the visionary Suffolk DJ.
Gigs will take place across the UK in as many venues as possible under the banner of Peel Day.
The first Peel Day is set for Thursday, October 13, and organisers hope it will become an annual event.
Peel, who discovered dozens of major bands, was the BBC's longest-serving Radio 1 presenter, and also presented the Home Truths programme on Radio 4.
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Bands such as The Undertones, The Smiths, David Bowie and Pink Floyd owed much of their initial success to Peel's support.
Peel, who died from a heart attack on October 26 last year while on holiday in Peru, had been with Radio 1 since its launch in 1967.
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Radio 1 today said it was organising a special gig in London to take place before Peel Day.
Peel's widow, Sheila Ravenscroft, said her late husband would have continued his legacy by giving a stage to new bands.
She said: "John would have been honoured and fairly amazed that the anniversary is being marked in such a way.
"He would appreciate that in years to come Peel Day will give new bands across the country the chance to be heard."
Radio 1 Controller Andy Parfitt said: "Peel Day is about celebrating John's legacy and his unrivalled passion for music.
"It'll be a day of gigs taking place up and down the country - something we feel will be a fitting tribute to John.'
Jason Carter, executive producer for live events at Radio 1, said: "Having spoken to all the major promoters in the UK and many people involved in live music, the strength of feeling for this day has been fantastic with everyone pledging their support.'