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Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 August 2005, 10:19 GMT 11:19 UK
BBC Radio 1 to host John Peel Day
John Peel
Peel was respected for championing new music
BBC Radio 1 is to hold a day dedicated to the late DJ John Peel on 13 October, celebrating his dedication and contribution to music.

Concert venues around the UK are being invited to stage gigs under the banner Peel Day.

Peel died of a heart attack while on holiday in Peru in October 2004 at the age of 65.

His wife, Sheila Ravenscroft, said he would have been "honoured" and "amazed" to have a day dedicated to him.

Peel worked at Radio 1 for nearly 40 years on his own late-night show. He also became presenter of BBC Radio 4's Home Truths in 1998.

His career was marked by discovering and championing new artists from Joy Division to the White Stripes.

New bands

Andy Parfitt, Controller Radio 1 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."

A gig in London is also being organised prior to the day, with details to be finalised at a later date.

Peel's widow 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."



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