Many tributes to 'visionary Longford concert promoter' John Reynolds (52)

Shock and sadness at sudden death of John Reynolds at his home in Dublin

Longford Leader Reporter


Longford Leader Reporter


Many tributes to 'visionary Longford concert promoter' John Reynolds (52)

The late John Reynolds.

Many tributes have been paid tonight to renowned Longford music promoter John Reynolds who died suddenly at his home earlier today.

He was the founder of the Electric Picnic music festival and once owned the POD nightclub on Harcourt Street in Dublin. 

A nephew of the late Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, John is predeceased by his parents, the well known Longford town business couple, Jim and Anne Reynolds, who poignantly passed away within 24 hours of each other on the weekend of November 5 and 6, 2016. He has two sisters Angela and Orlagh, and is the brother of James, and deepest sympathy is extended to his family and wide circle of friends. 

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Economist, broadcaster and author, David McWilliams said he was 'completely devastated at the death of an old, old friend tonight, John Reynolds'. "I can't really take it in. Far too soon. Can still hear him at the kitchen table here, telling stories, full of infectious enthusiasm, planning the next festival. Heartbroken. RIP Gino."

Showbiz writer Eddie Rowley tweeted this evening, "Just like everyone else in the music biz who knew John Reynolds I'm shocked and saddened by his sudden death a lovely, fun, brave, talented guy."

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, extended deepest sympathies to the family and friends of John Reynolds. She commented, "He was a creative force on the Irish music scene. A visionary who was one of our leading independent festival and concert promoters. Suaimhneas síoraí dhá anam." 

Jerry Fish said, "Shocked to hear the sad and tragic news that John Reynolds has passed away. My love and condolences to close friends and family. The magic he created in the world of the Irish music festival speaks for itself, thought JR would be around for many years to come."

Deputy Editor of Hot Press, Stuart Clark, said he was "shocked & saddened by the death of John Reynolds who brought the boutique festival to Ireland. I loved his passion & willingness to take a risk. He was so proud - and justifiably so - of launching the All Together Now Festival this year. John will be sorely missed."

Former Green Party TD and Senator Dan Boyle tweeted, "Shocked to hear of the death of John Reynolds at such a young age. His promotion of Electric Picnic has impacted on lives of thousands of people in the country. RIP."

In a statement released on Thursday evening, his family confirmed he died suddenly at his home.

“It is with great sadness that the Reynolds family confirm the sudden death of John Reynolds of POD this evening.

“John aged 52 years, who was one of Ireland’s leading independent festival and concert promoters, died suddenly at his home in Milltown, Dublin.

“Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

"The family requested privacy at this time.

"Metropolis Festival will go ahead this Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October as scheduled in the RDS, Dublin."

In addition to the Electric Picnic festival and  the POD, John ran the Red Box club on Harcourt Street and he was also the driving force behind Dublin's Forbidden Fruit and Vinyl festivals.

This year he launched a new festival weekend, All Together Now, through his promotions company POD at Curraghmore House, Co Waterford. 

Tributes have been pouring in a social media;