DATES for a festival dedicated to Redditch's most famous son Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham have been released.

Organised by John Bonham Memorial Friends in partnership with Palace Drum Clinic, and in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust West Midlands, John Bonham A Celebration II will mark the 40th anniversary of the untimely passing of John Henry Bonham on September 25 1980.

He was just 32 years old.

The two-day, up-scaled event, will return in 2020 on September 25 to 26.

It is intended to be more inclusive for both local residents and fans that have travelled to Redditch from around the UK and overseas, and hoping to provide an economic boost for the town’s hospitality and retail businesses.

The inaugural festival in September 2018, celebrating the Led Zeppelin drummer’s 70th Birthday and the installation of a bronze memorial in the heart of the town centre, attracted fans from around the world, including the US, Mexico, Australia, France, Italy, Ireland, and from all over the UK.

This years festival, which was supposed to take place last month, was cancelled.

Earlier this year organisers admitted they would not be able to deliver it to a standard that would do justice to the legend.

Speaking about next year's festival, event director Ros Sidaway, said: "The line-up will be revealed over the next few weeks along with other special announcements.

“Fans of Led Zeppelin and rock/blues music will not want to miss out on what will be another terrific occasion.”

Tickets are due to go on sale mid-November.

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Meanwhile, businesses interested in sponsoring the 2020 event can should contact Ros Sidaway on 07887 525107 or email