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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 October 2005, 07:54 GMT 08:54 UK
Acts to play in John Peel tribute
John Peel
New Order, The Fall and the Super Furry Animals are among those playing in memory of the late John Peel at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Wednesday.

The concert comes on the eve of John Peel Day and also features performances from less well-known acts, reflecting the former Radio 1 DJ's own playlists.

Peel's widow Sheila will attend the London concert. Thursday's event marks the DJ's last broadcast a year ago.

John Peel died on October 25 last year while on holiday in Peru.

Countrywide gigs

His widow said:"It will be odd being there without him, but myself and the rest of the family are looking forward to what should be a terrific night."

The concert pays tribute to John Peel's desire to champion new acts, with outfits such as Jawbone and Venetian Snares sharing the billing with the likes of Laura Cantrell and the reggae band Misty In Roots.

Super Furry Animals
Super Furry Animals were among the acts played by Peel.

More than 300 gigs are taking place across the country on Thursday to celebrate John Peel Day and events are also being held in Spain, Germany, Italy, US, Holland, New Zealand and Canada to mark the legendary DJ's life.

Roger Daltrey, Sir Elton John, Robert Plant, David Gilmour and Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks are also appearing on a tribute single alongside newer acts.

The single is the brainchild of Peel's son, Tom Ravenscroft.

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.

Radio One's special broadcast for John Peel Day is on Thursday 1900-0100 Friday and features live broadcasts from around the UK.

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