LEGENDARY music promoter John Reynolds was found dead last night.
The 52-year-old, from Co Longford, a nephew of former Irish prime minister Albert Reynolds, was discovered unresponsive in his apartment in Dublin’s Milltown.
He set up Boyzone with Louis Walsh and the two men formed a close business partnership over the years.
The cause of death has not been released. Reynolds was known for running the POD nightclub on the capital’s Harcourt Street in the 1990s.
The nightclub was subsequently renamed Tripod with the smaller venue Crawdaddy next door.
John also started festivals such as Electric Picnic, Forbidden Fruit and his 2018 venture, All Together Now, in Co Waterford.
He was also the organiser of this weekend’s Metropolis Festival which is taking place in the RDS.
In a statement issued on behalf of his family last night, it was announced that the two-day event, featuring Roisin Murphy and Villagers, would still go ahead.
It read: “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.”
Reynolds was reported to have lost a considerable amount of money when the POD complex closed in the last decade.
Irish rock band The Stunning paid tribute on their twitter page saying he “changed the face of festivals.”
They tweeted: “Saddened to hear of the death of John Reynolds. One of the first gigs he promoted was The Stunning in Moate, Co. Westmeath around 1993.
“He changed the face of festivals in Ireland with #ElectricPicnic & was about to do it all again with #AllTogetherNow. RIP.”
Singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow also paid condolences to his family and friends.
He tweeted: “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”