Electric Picnic Founder John Reynolds Dies at 52

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General view of atmosphere on day 3 of the Electric Picnic Festival at Stradbally Hall Estate on Sept. 6, 2015 in Stradbally, Ireland. 

The promoter, who had a hand in creating Irish vocal group Boyzone, was discovered at his home in South Dublin.

Irish promoter John Reynolds was found dead in his apartment in Milltown, South Dublin, according to the Irish Sun. The 52-year old Reynolds was the co-founder of Irish music festival, Electric Picnic, and the former owner of POD nightclub.

In a statement released on Oct. 26, Reynolds’ family announced that the famed promoter had passed away suddenly at his home.

“It is with great sadness that the Reynolds family confirm the sudden death of John Reynolds of POD this evening,” the family said in a statement. “John aged 52 years, who was one of Ireland’s leading independent festival and concert promoters, died suddenly at his home in Milltown, Dublin.”

In addition to launching Electric Picnic with Robert Laffan, Reynolds was also known for working alongside Louis Walsh to create pop megastars, Boyzone, in the 1990s.

Reynolds also ran POD Presents, which puts on Metropolis Festival. The two-day event in Dublin is scheduled for this weekend (Oct. 27-28) with performers Mac DeMarco, Blood Orange and The Black Madonna. Metropolis Festival will go on this weekend despite the sudden passing of Reynolds.

The Irish entertainment industry has begun to pay tribute to their lost colleague. FM DJ Ian Dempsey tweeted “Very very sad news about the sudden death of visionary concert promoter John Reynolds – RIP.”

Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow also lamented the promoter’s passing on Twitter, writing “Just heard about John Reynolds, my condolences 2 his family & friends. U may not have heard of John before, but if u've been 2 Electric Picnic, Forbidden Fruit, shows at Pod Venues in dublin, then u know John's work. He gave me a lot of shows when i was starting out. So sad. RIP.”

The Reynolds family added that funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days and asked the public for “privacy at this time.”


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