John Peel to be remembered in a day of special gigs across UK

The first ever ‘John Peel Day’ will take place on October 13…

JOHN PEEL is to be celebrated and remembered in the first ever ‘JOHN PEEL DAY’.

BBC Radio 1 have announced that the event will take place on October 13 with as many venues as possible staging gigs across the UK under the banner of Peel Day.

Prior to this there will be a very special London gig organised by the radio station, with details to be confirmed nearer to the time.

Peel’s wife Sheila Ravenscroft 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.”

The DJ and broadcasting legend, who had career spanning over 40 years – died on October 26 2004 of a heart attack aged 65. He was on holiday in Peru when he was taken ill.

Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt said of the event: “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 of live events on Radio 1, added: “Having spoken to all the major promoters in the UK and many people involved in live music the strength of the feeling for this day has been fantastic, with everyone pledging their support.”

Keep checking NME.COM for the latest updates on Peel Day.