IT’S all change for this year’s John Bonham A Celebration II festival in the town centre this September.
With just over three months to go to the big day, organisers have decided to postpone the headline acts due to perform at the Palace Theatre and reschedule them to next year on Saturday, September 25, 2021.
“In discussions with the theatre manager it became abundantly clear that social distancing measures would likely result in us having to reduce audience numbers to a point where it would not be financially viable,” said event director Ros Sidaway.
“The health and safety of all is paramount and the team felt it better to postpone now rather than delay a decision.”
However, organisers are still hoping to hold the outdoor music event programmed for Saturday afternoon, September 26, this year in the former covered market area behind Debenhams.
A detailed proposal is being prepared for the borough council to stage the ‘Covid Secure’ Festival.
Tickets will need to be bought in advance and will be refundable should Government restrictions not be relaxed in time.
“2020 sees the 40th Anniversary of John’s sad passing and we, as fans, wish to commemorate the date,” said Ros.
“We are compiling a video film to celebrate John’s life to be aired via our YouTube channel and Facebook this September for fans in the UK and overseas.”
Meanwhile, all tickets for the postponed theatre shows will be rolled over to 2021 and it is hoped to retain the existing line-ups.
Full details will be at www.JohnBonhamAC.com in due course.