John Reynolds, known for founding music festival Electric Picnic, has passed away at the age of 52.
A statement issued on behalf of his family reads, "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."
The music promoter founded Electric Picnic for it's first festival back in 2004, and was also the man behind many other Irish festivals, including Forbidden Fruit, and this weekend's Metropolis festival at the RDS in Dublin.
John, who was a native of county Longford, has seen many tributes being paid to him online from Ireland's biggest names and venues in music:
Very very sad news about the sudden death of visionary concert promoter John Reynolds - RIP pic.twitter.com/8NrevYX2Z8
— Ian Dempsey (@IanDempsey) October 25, 2018
Very sad to hear of John Reynolds passing. He was a really good guy who put on so many amazing events - starting @EPfestival 14 years ago, then @ForbiddenFFest , Altogether now and this wkends Metropolis fest. RIP John https://t.co/v04qp0TVly
— HamsandwicH (@Ham_Sandwich) October 25, 2018
RIP John Reynolds. Lovely guy and responsible for some great festivals.
— DELORENTOS (@delorentos) October 25, 2018
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
— JamesVincentMcMorrow (@jamesvmcmorrow) October 25, 2018
John Reynolds cared more about the experience he gave, than the money to be made. Such a loss. Gutted.
— Mark McCabe (@MarkMcCabeIE) October 25, 2018
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. Big Love Jerry❤️⚓️x
— Jerry Fish (@VivaJerryFish) October 25, 2018
Extremely sad and shocked to hear about the death of John Reynolds. So much love and condolence to family and friends. Sleep well sir xC
— Villagers (@wearevillagers) October 26, 2018
Hard to take in the news tonight of the passing of John Reynolds. A true giant of Irish Music, he shaped many of our best loved festivals and music venues and raised the bar for live music. Deepest sympathies to all his family and friends.
— Whelan's (@whelanslive) October 25, 2018
John Reynolds was a huge friend of the station.
All of us here at Today FM send our deepest condolences to his family and his friends at this very sad time.
— Today FM (@TodayFM) October 25, 2018