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Thursday 11th June 2020


Revised Plans for John Bonham A Celebration II  Announced


With just over 3 months to go, organisers of John Bonham A Celebration II are having to re-visit their plans for the event this September due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.


The Headline Acts performances at the Palace Theatre in Redditch scheduled for Friday 25th & Saturday 26th September have been postponed until Saturday 25th September 2021.


“In discussions with the Theatre Manager last week, 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 to go ahead “ explains Event Director, Ros Sidaway. “Moreover, the Health & Safety of all our Artists, Audience members, Staff, Volunteers & Suppliers is of paramount importance, and the team felt it better to postpone now rather than delay a decision. This still gives us enough time to revise our plans for the rest of this year’s Festival”.


An Outdoor Music event had already been programmed in for the Saturday afternoon in the former covered Market Area, behind Debenhams, for around 1500 fans. The team are now preparing a detailed proposal for Redditch Borough Council about staging a “Covid-Secure” Festival for a smaller audience. Tickets for the event will need to be purchased in advance, and will be refundable should Government restrictions not be relaxed in time to go ahead.


“2020 sees the 40th Anniversary of John’s sad passing and we, as fans, wish to commemorate the date” adds 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. Friday evening tickets will be valid for a matinee show on the Saturday, while Saturday evening tickets will be a straight transfer. Refunds will be available to those unable to attend next year’s date (25th Sept 2021).